Early this morning we loaded up all of our suitcases and pointed the truck west toward Fruita. It was a beautiful Colorado morning with a deep blue sky overhead.
A little more than an hour west of Colorado Springs we stopped at the top of Wilkerson Pass. The elevation of the pass is 9, 507 feet. The view to the west is breathtaking. One can see all the way across South Park to the Collegiate Range. Many of the mountains in the Collegiate Range have snow on the peaks all year long. The backdrop of the blue sky really helped the peaks stand out.
The other thing nice about Wilkerson Pass, especially for tourists, is the National Forest gift store. The ranger on duty can answer just about any question. There are all sorts of Colorado items for purchase. Lastly, there is a good restroom before one heads out farther into the mountains.
From the top of the pass we headed west toward Hartsel. Driving west on Highway 24 one can catch a glimpse of Spinney Reservoir. While driving this portion of the highway, it is not unusual to see antelope lying down or grazing in the vast grasslands.
At Hartsel we switched to Highway 9 toward Fairplay. Just as we turned onto the highway I noticed a large heard of buffalo grazing in the field. Behind the buffalo, in the distance, was Buffalo Peak. I had to stop and take a photo.
We arrived at our destination, Fruita, at about 14:00. This will be our base of operations for a while. Over the next day or so I took several photos depicting life in the country.