DARQ: Catherine’s still asleep so I’m jotting this entry all by myself, that is, if I don’t lose the Internet connection.
Anyway, it’s been an interesting week. The flat land of Kansas gave way to the flat land of Colorado and then, Whoosh! Denver and the wall of towering, bare peaks that Catherine called the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Awesome sight. But, excuse my laughter, Catherine made the KOA campground reservation for west of Denver, in Central City–and didn’t know until we got to the very top of the mountain where the campground was that we were 9,000 ft. up!! The air was thinner but, wow, the sky so blue, the sunsets gorgeous. Here’s one of Catherine’s snapshots of the adjacent mountain tops the evening we arrived:
Catherine said it’s not the best of photos, but, yoi!, I like it! Okay, so the best sky photo she took from the mountain top is this one taken at 7 a.m.
The moon is that tiny dot up in the right corner. But it’s the cloud’s shape that’s fantastic–Catherine called it a dragon. I called it a bat. John thought a rabbit was riding the bat. What do you see?
Now, I’ve flown my Pytak starfighter at high-speed vertical descents, but going slowly, crawling downhill off this mountain and down the Rockies with sharp-turn-back curves on 9% grades for miles on end? Even I was terrorized by the descent!
with views like this:
There was also one interesting rest stop en route to Moab. It had a pond. People were fishing in the pond, but Catherine and John wouldn’t let me fish. Okay, so I didn’t have any fishing gear with me and I did have to stay invisible . . . (sigh) . . . and we had miles to yet.
However, Catherine had the camera out and was happily snapping photos and didn’t realize until she saw this picture on her laptop that the mountain and clouds mirrored in the water. Her subject, of course, was the dried grass against the water/cloud background. I rather like this photo. Do you?
We finally reached Moab where we visited the Arches National Park, the LaSal Mountains, and the Coral Sands. Earth sure has some interesting geological sites. Catherine took well over 400 photos of rocks, rock formations, and what she called her “geometrics”–which she used for greeting cards to the men on her birthday card lists. Here’s a sampling:
We left Moab and headed for Las Vegas, where it was as hot as the deserts of my homeland–and the terrain changed to desert, reminding me of my homeland-planet. But you read JEWELS OF THE SKY, and know that, right? :)) Oh, by the way, Catherine had to snap this photo at 60 mph because her husband wouldn’t slow down nor stop. It was just too hot and we did want to get to Vegas before sundown.
Next Sunday, I’ll be reporting from Vegas. But before I turn off this laptop, I’ll leave you with one of Catherine’s flower-photos. A thistle that was growing at 9,000 ft. and is 2″ across, with a bumble bee that she didn’t see until she put the photo onto this laptop to view. Talk to you next weekend.
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