We took in a great Car Show, put on by the Gunnison Car Club, that totally surprised both of us. It was quite large with a total of 350 cars. I forgot to put on my sun screen and got fried by the sun on my shoulders and chest. Ugh. Thank goodness for aloe gel. I stayed out of the sun that afternoon by partaking of a quilt show. There will be more on that in my next post.
Blue Mesa Reservoir which is the largest reservoir in Colorado at 20 miles long with 96 miles of shore line. Then we took a bit of a side trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. O my! It was totally awesome! This next photo was taken from one of the observation decks. You can see a bit of the railing in the lower left corner. That big rock on the right side of the photo is about 100 feet away and in the center toward the bottom you can see the rushing Gunnison river. CarGuy and I spent two hours going from observation deck to observation deck and leaning over the railings to look and gawk. The rock formations and striations and colors are just indescribable.
During this trip we drove on three different Scenic Byways, some of which were dirt and gravel roads, 6 different mountain passes in this order
- Kenosha Pass (elevation 10,000 feet)
- Red Hill Pass (9993 feet)
- Cottonwood Pass (12,126 feet)
- McClure Pass (8755 feet)
- Muddy Pass (8772 feet)
- Cameron Pass (10,276 feet)
I'll leave you with a photo of a geological formation called "The Castles" in the Gunnison National Forest, northwest of Gunnison.