Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mesa Verde road trip, Day 4: Black Canyon

After stopping in Ouray, we continued on to Montrose. Although it would put us into Aspen a bit later than we'd intended, we decided to make a detour and stop at the Black Canyon. I had seen the Black Canyon on our trip to Mesa Verde when I was a kid, so I was interested in seeing it again.

Unfortunately, it was getting pretty cold. It was around 40 degrees at the edge of the Black Canyon, and we were dressed for summer vacation. We look cold, don't we?

First overlook at the Black Canyon

First overlook at the Black Canyon

These pictures were taken from the first scenic overlook. (Amusingly, I still had service here on my iPhone, and was able to post to Facebook from the rim of the Black Canyon.) The weather got steadily worse as we visited each overlook, until we simply weren't willing to get out of the car anymore.

Black Canyon, near Montrose,  Colorado

Although it was cold, the weather sure made for some great pictures:

Black Canyon, near Montrose,  Colorado

Black Canyon, near Montrose,  Colorado

This was taken at the last outlook we got out of the car for, by a nice older man who offered to take our picture. It's the only picture we have of us together on the entire trip.

Black Canyon, near Montrose,  Colorado

It had been raining and misting on and off, but it was shortly after this that the rain picked up even more. We decided we'd had enough, and headed back to Montrose to get back on track for Aspen. The entire detour had been perhaps a couple hours at most, but I am very glad we made it... even if it was damned cold!

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