Aug 22, 2016
Another day east. First stop was Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. Sheer cliffs with a river down below, created by erosion over the past couple million years. It is estimated that erosion cuts through 1 inch per 100 years. It's also very dark down by the water since the canyon walls keep the daylight out.
At the turn of the last century, the people of Montrose, CO (about 20 miles away) decided that they wanted to use the water running through the canyon to irrigate their arid lands and make them flourish for agriculture. They were able to cut a tunnel through the canyon and now have lush agricultural land.
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison|
|Open range cattle in Colorado. Oh look a cowboy...much too young for me, but there is still hope!|
|Saw what I expect will be the last of the Glaciers on this trip at Wilkerson Pass.|
|Old log house at Florissant.|
|Beautiful scenery along the way.|
|Cripple Creek was an old gold mining town, now restored as a tourist resort with western ambiance.|