West Side Story
***WARNING*** Extra Long Post, BEWARE!
Dan and I headed west this past weekend to check out the Palisade and Grand Junction area. My mom and dad had raved about the landscape on the Western slope so we thought we would check it out for ourselves. It just so happened that the annual Palisade Peach Festival was held over my birthday weekend and, if you’ve ever had a great tasting peach, it was most certainly from the Palisade area. We bought a flat for ourselves, USDA organic, of course!
We took our time getting to Grand Junction on Friday with a few stops along the way in Frisco/Silverthorn at the outlet malls and then in Glenwood Springs for some nice dinner at a Brewery. Saturday morning we headed out for bagels in downtown Grand Junction and then on to Palisade for the festival. We enjoyed a great peach daiquiri and then relieved the dogs from the car. Here we are enjoying the mesa scenery.
Sunday, my birthday, brought a late morning start to a great muffin shop and then out on the road to the east. We made a stop for the scenic byway to the Grand Mesa. It was somewhat of a drawn out side trip but we thought it was worth the great views of lakes and aspens. It was so lush in contrast to the other desert conditions in the mesas and it reminded us of the Ozarks in Missouri. They also have an open range up there-very cool.
I really enjoyed the Glenwood Canyon drive. It is cubism at it’s finest!
We made a quick stop in Dillon to catch a bite to eat and then it was east to Denver for the end of great birthday weekend extravaganza. Hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did and thanks for sticking with my long winded post with excessive pictures.