Thursday, October 2, 2014

Grand Mesa, CO

Grand Mesa, which sits above Grand Junction, Colorado, is the highest mesa in the world at an elevation over 10,000 feet. We are fortunate enough to arrive during the fall colour peak.
Many (about 100?) lakes dot the mesa making it a popular place for fishing and camping (and some say mosquitoes, but I think it's too late in the season as we don't see any). In the hot summer months when it might be 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the valley, residents flock to the mesa to "chill out".
And just to prove that we are really here and this isn't some postcard backdrop...
Following our stay near Grand Junction, we head into Utah and hope to visit the northern section of Capitol Reef National Park where Cathedral Valley highlights some spectacular red rock formations (yeah, I know - been there, done that!), but rain keeps us from traveling the clay/sand roads which become IMPASSABLE when wet - truly! We wait for two days in the mountainous area of Fish Lake National Forest, but it rains steadily, depositing snow on the higher peaks. So maybe next year. We move westward ho!


  1. Found your blog in the Mohawk Alumni Magazine.

    You are traveling in a most beautiful part of the world, as you know.

    Glad to hear Brad has retired and found the joys of diesel!

    John Olmsted

    1. Hi John, Brad here. You had inspired me from your trips out west in the 1980s. I had never forgotten that and now spend 6 months each year in the southwest enjoying my retirement. Hope you are doing the same. I will have two articles published in the January and March 2015 issues of the Canadian RV Gazette magazine explaining the natural wonders and beauty of the southwest and how to prepare a fifth-wheel trailer for dry camping.

    2. Hi Brad.

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the beauty of that area. Sounds like you have the ideal rig. We have a T@B trailer (the opposite of your luxury set-up) and tow it with a diesel Touareg - it does not even notice the trailer. Lately though, we have been cruising the world, we are up to over 30 countries. I am really leaning toward the southwest again, though, Funny how the more you travel, the more new places remind you of locations you have already seen.

      Sounds like you are having a blast!



    3. Check out a couple of our trips:

      Martha and I both enjoy photography, as you can tell...