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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

7/30/1994 ... headed to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. Breathtaking canyon viewed from then top - very deep, narrow and dark. Beautiful views.

The park sign from the car
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A look into the canyon
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Me at the view point
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A better look at the river
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5/24/2007 On the road to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. Only did the trail and overlook at the visitor center, but still a really magnificent sight down into the canyon, especially in the beautiful weather.

The park sign (note the snow)
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The view point platform
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Me at the view point
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The canyon ...
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... and river
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Great Sand Dunes National Park

9/22/1983 Drove to the Great Sand Dunes. Had baloney sandwiches in car. ... Walked up to and onto dunes, bounded down them.

The dunes from a distance
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The scale of these dunes is hard to get - they're huge!
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Me on the dunes
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I feel like Neil Armstrong
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Ken having some fun
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10/5/2012. ... headed to Great Sand Dunes NP on a beautiful sunny but cold day (also on the Los Caminos Antiguos CO Scenic Byway). Went as far as the VC, taking photos in the rising sun. Back south a little, then west, the intersection being where the map showed the Old Spanish NHT crossed, passing west of the SDC range.

The park sign
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The dunes from a few miles off
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A nice panorama in the morning sun
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Me, my ride, and the dunes
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The SDC mountains along the NHT
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7/27/2017 Back down to the car, we drove a tiny bit to the dunes access area in the Park where we got some good photos at the stream and reminisced about "bounding down the dunes" almost 35 years ago - yikes!! One last stop at the VC for a unigrid, and back on the road.

The park area sign ...
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... and info
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Ken photoing ...
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... Buck Creek, and the dunes
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Blowing sand
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Beautiful views ...
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... back to the dunes and mountains
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Mesa Verde National Park

9/22/1983 Drove to Mesa Verde. Visited two ruins, the Spruce House and Cliff Palace (trails and wooden ladders).

Cliff Palace
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Ken checking out the ruins
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Amazing construction
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Me heading on up ...
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Rocky Mountain National Park

7/23/1989 Drove through Rocky Mountain National Park - beautiful mountain scenery, tundra. Hot cider and blueberry muffins snack at Alpine visitor center.

Great view
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Me blocking the view
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Nice vistas everywhere
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Snow still in July
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