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We returned home last night after one last rainy day on the road. We left Rogue River early and drove through the southern Oregon mountains. It was beautiful even though a bit stormy. Lunch was a brief stop in Salem to see Jean’s paintings on display as part of the NW Pastel Society show. Home before dark!

Paul

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Back to the Rain

Today it began raining just north of Sacramento and is still raining after dinner in Rogue River Oregon. We are loving the moisture after weeks of mountain dryness. No photos today because before the rain all we saw was ugly central California. Besides I can’t take pictures while driving.

Tomorrow we will stop in Salem where Jean has some paintings in a show and then home!

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Goodbye Arizona, Hello California

We left Williams this morning under sunny skies and 20 degree air. This is the first state or province on this trip that has not threatened us with snow, but Arizona has other dangers.

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Here’s one last look at the desert before we crossed into California.

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The drive through the Mojave Desert was starkly beautiful. Tonight we are in central California.
Paul

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Layover in Arizona

Today we visited our friend Cathy and went to Wupatki National Monument. Cathy’s all-terrain walker enabled her to see some of the sights of this unique ancient pueblo site. While cool, the sunshine made it great weather for a leisurely afternoon exploring the ruins.

California tomorrow.
Paul

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Sunset in Albuquerque

This is a snap of sunset last night in Albuquerque.

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This morning there was 6″ of snow on I-40 east of the city. We drove west and found sunshine in 30 minutes that lasted the rest of the day. Tonight we are in Williams Arizona.
Paul

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Escape to New Mexico

This morning we escaped Colorado ahead of the incoming storm. Accuweather now reports it is 20 and snowing in Colorado Springs while here in Albuquerque it is 67. Aaah!

Now only to go west to California and we can safely return to the upper left corner.
Paul

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak from the back deck. Sunshine, but still below freezing. Off to New Mexico tomorrow.

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Snowy and Cold in Colorado Springs

We are catching the edge of the arctic express. Single digit temps and blowing snow, but at least we’re not in northern Wisconsin! Time to stay indoors, read, paint, and play some music.
Paul

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Red Rocks Park

Yesterday Jean’s pastel class with Stan Sperlak went to Red Rocks Park to paint. I wanted to go there after looking down on the amphitheater from Dinosaur Ridge, so I stayed for the day as well. Since I wasn’t in the class I could roam a bit. I hiked a trail through some of the rocks, scaled a long walkway up into the amphitheater, found a geocache in the park, and did a few drawings and paintings to round out my day. The class went to dinner at a local Italian restaurant, and a couple of us spouses joined them.

Here are a few photos of Red Rocks Park.

Paul

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Denver and Dinosaur Ridge

Yesterday we arrived in Denver after two snowy days crossing Wyoming and into Colorado. Here it is in the 60′s during the day and freezing at night. That means great sleeping and hiking weather! Jean’s pastel workshop began this morning, so I got up and drove her to it at 7:30.

I decided the weather was too good to pass up and looked for hikes in the area of SW Denver. There are many. The suburbs here have designated lots of green spaces, open space, and parks. It’s a walking and biking paradise. I chose Dinosaur Ridge as my hike of the day. This ridge is part of a chain of ridges that front the rocky mountains. The rock is very old (hundreds of millions of years) and eroding, so ancient fossils are constantly being exposed. The trail goes up one side gradually until it gets to the top near one end, rounds the corner, and goes down the other side. Then one gets to reverse course over the same route to get back to the visitor center and the car. It was a good workout at this elevation. The fossils were interesting even though they aren’t as dramatic as seeing “clean” ones in a museum. These are in situ, so sometimes you have to use your imagination. Here are some photos to illustrate.

Paul

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