I sure get around. Just a couple weeks after our road trip to Nevada, Mom planned a trip for us to visit the western slope of Colorado. Colorado – that’s my home state. I am always up for going to Colorado, especially during the hot season here in Phoenix.
Speaking of Mom, I want to take a moment to thank her for coordinating all the great adventures we’ve enjoyed through the years and for taking wonderful care of me, Mowgli and my dad. She’s had a lot on her plate lately, but she still looks out for all of us. She’s the best!
Now, onto our road trip. I forgot how very long the drive is to Colorado. Eeeesh. Thankfully, the 89 opened back up the day we drove north. Poor Flagstaff has had a run of wildfires, with the latest been caused by a stupid human burning toilet paper. Good gravy. People, please be extremely careful with our forest. It’s the only one we have, and we need to protect it for generations to come. We were saddened to see the loss of over 47,000 acres between the two recent fires this year.
I’m not going to give you the blow-by-blow path to Grand Junction because you have several options depending upon your allotted time and desire for scenery. And, if you don’t have to do it in a day, we encourage you to take a break. We took on the 10-hour drive because we only had a long weekend.
The smoke was awful for a long way past Flagstaff, and my goodness, the wind. What is up with the wind?? I don’t recall having this much wind ever in my almost 14 years of life. Yes, can you believe I turn 14 in September? What a life I have led! Sorry, I digress.
We always like to stop at the Cameron Trading Post so I can stretch my legs. They have a doggy-friendly little walk there, and while I’m doing that with Dad, Mom hits the gift shop. She has never come out of that store empty handed.
We drove through Monument Valley, and the red rock formations are distinct and iconic. I am sure you’ve seen several movies filmed at this location. We didn’t stop at Wilson Arch this time, but we have done so in the past. Temperatures were too high, but it is a cool arch in the middle of nowhere.
If you haven’t stopped for the Twin Rocks store before, you can keep driving. That store is wicked expensive. If you need to eat, the restaurant is nice, though. We did another quick walk around the parking lot but had to keep going.
Dad booked us at the Super 8 in Fruita, Colorado, because it was close to our dear friend, Michael Wells who lives in Loma. He’s really why we decided to head to the Western Slope. He’s been battling cancer like the champion he is, and we wanted to visit and give him proper hugs in person. We didn’t know, however, that the hotel was right next to the Vietnam Memorial Park and Colorado Welcome Center.
Mom and I checked it out, and it is quite impressive. Personally, I loved all the grass and shade! A heat wave was hitting Colorado while we were there – go figure – but even still, it was cooler than back at home. At least in Colorado, the evenings and mornings are cool.
I don’t recall what we ate for dinner, and we all crashed pretty hard from the long day. I can tell you that the food was much better this trip than last time. The hotel is old but clean. The breakfast is lean, but the staff friendly. It did the job. More to come because we saw some beautiful countryside. Stay tuned!
PS Those following Dad’s back, he is doing much better! Thank you for well wishes, prayers and positive thoughts.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!