We went to where we had planned to take pictures that morning and once again couldn't get to the spot - we decided you really need a four-wheel drive to take pictures in Colorado!
Sooooo, we looked over our map and decided since we had missed the early shooting AND our preferred spot we would drive over to Grand Mesa and try there...it didn't look to far away and we had heard it was beautiful, so off we went.
Here are the photos from that little trip.
On our way we stopped at this little pond, it was so pretty!
Couldn't believe there was SNOW!
And FINALLY some COLOR!
These leaves looked so pretty against the darker background.
Conifer with snow and brightly colored aspen make a great combination.
Views from Grand Mesa
The other side of the turnout.
As the sun began to dip to the horizon the mists began to rise below.
We headed toward home. When we got to the highway our GPS was telling us to go back to Grand Junction and then head around to Gunnison, but we could tell by looking at the little map that it was closer to go the other way. We couldn't figure out why it wanted us to go this long circuitous route. Well - we obviously knew best so we turned left instead of right and ignored the GPS. Well, we found out why pretty quickly. The sun went down and it was pitch black...there were no other cars on the road very quickly and all of a sudden the picture on the GPS became this serpentine line with curves turning in on themselves like you wouldn't believe! We would come to a curve and our headlights would be shining out over the tops of trees with nothing between us and the dropoff but a very small guardrail! I watched the GPS screen and would call out the turns to Pepaw while he watched the road. Curve right coming up, now curve left, WHOA...here comes a tight right! Can I say SCARY! We were so glad to get to the intersection with the highway back to Gunnison at the bottom of the mountain!
We were very glad we went to Grand Mesa, but we did decide that next time we would pay more attention to the GPS!