Highway141 Post Cards from Zazzle.com

Highway141 Post Cards from Zazzle.com.

Somebody bought a copy of this postcard today. Highway 141 is an amazing drive. It starts not far from Grand Junction and travels through spectacular canyons to Gateway, and then beyond, to Nucla, Naturita, and points south.

The photo on the card was taken at Gateway. A pioneer ranch cabin sits beside the curving road with a magnificent butte, The Palisade, looming in the distance.

The Gateway Canyons Resort is located near this spot. The resort includes two fantastic restaurants as well as facilities for events, getaways, and all-season adventures. If you love automotive history, don’t miss one of the best auto museums anywhere. It is on the property.

A Horse Cart Tour of Clark Family Orchards Slide Show

Agritourism is very popular in Europe and is gaining a following in the United States. Tours and activities provide a fascinating glimpse into the vital and complex art of farming.

The next time you visit the Grand Valley, Colorado, be sure to include a Saturday morning. During the summer (July 19-August 29 in 2009), Clark Family Orchards offers a free, informative and entertaining tour. A horse-drawn tram leaves the family fruit stand (3929 US Highway 6 & 24) at 9 AM and 10 AM on Saturdays only.


Last week, we left the steaming Grand Valley and drove over McClure Pass to Marble. We visited the massive ruins of the famous old marble mill, now protected in the town park.

Coast Starlight Slide Show

How about a ride along the California coast on Amtrak’s Starlight?

Here are some pictures I took out of the window. I love riding the train!

(By the way, this is a quick and easy slide show. It uses pictures you have already uploaded to other sites. These are on Flicker.)

Small Adventures

Before our daughter was born, my husband and I spent long, happy summers in our little ex-miner's house in Ouray, Colorado. We stripped wallpaper off the walls and hung fresh, painted the worn pine floors, and attended to the details of everyday life. In the afternoons, we sat on the porch and watched the thunderstorms roll in. The thunder echoed off the steep cliffs around the little town, and then the rain came town in sheets. The whole show lasted only a few minutes, leaving everything fresh, damp, and more vivid.

Sometimes, we took our Jeep up into the mountains. There are many great roads in that area. One of the scariest is the Engineer Pass road. Taking off from the Million Dollar Highway a few miles above Ouray, this 4-wheel- drive-only route is little more than a rocky stream course in places.

One day, my husband decided that we should see the dawn from the top of Engineer Mountain. We rose about 3 AM and climbed into the Jeep. It was dark. It was very dark. We headed up the empty switchbacks above the sleeping town. My husband is a very good driver. He maneuvered the rough, winding Jeep road with perfect skill. Light was just beginning to tinge the cloudless sky when we reached the top of the pass.

Sunlight hit the peaks first, and then the still waters of Ptarmigan Lake. It slid down toward the valleys as we watched. The most amazing thing about it was that it happened every single day whether we were there or not.

How many wonders are happening at this moment, somewhere? Maybe even right where you are.