Monday, June 25, 2012
Escaping the Heat on the Largest Mesa in the World
The WINs moved up to Grand Junction, but the temperatures were still pushing 100 most days. So we decided to go for a hike up on Grand Mesa, 5000 feet higher than the valley and the largest mesa in the world, at 500 square miles.
When I hike, I am easily distracted by potential photos. This is a Columbine, the Colorado state flower.
I quickly snap a shot, and look up to see everyone way ahead of me. I decided to go at my own pace.
We're having a photo contest at this gathering, and one of the categories is flowers. Not sure if this qualifies, but it's one of my favorite things to photograph.
There were several lakes that we saw along the trail.
And butterflies/moths going after the flowers.
By this point, I was about a mile behind the group...
After the hike, we went out to Lands End, where the earth just drops off a cliff.
There were some very hungry, fat-cheeked ground squirrels there. At least that's what I think they were.
Then we found out that you can take a switchback road back down to the valley, saving lots of miles and providing a fun ending to a great day!