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williswall
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PostSat Apr 03, 2021 11:31 am 
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I found myself in Fruita to pick up a spare tire for my van (really good deal from the someone on the Solis FaceBook group) so spent two days checking out the nearby Colorado National Monument. This is not a large park but it certainly is dramatic. I hiked two of the trails that basically spanned the width of the park, the upper Liberty Cap trail (which kept me up high) and the next day the Monument Valley trail with a loop through Wedding Canyon and an up close spin around Independence Monument. These trails were about 13 miles RT per day. It's a different world out here, what with me trying to shield myself from the sun and enjoying temperatures in the 70's. I had the upper Liberty Cap trail to myself and people on the Monument trail were mostly clustered close to the lower parking area, so I still had hours of lonely hiking. What wasn't pleasant was the 5 hour drive back after hiking all day, but at least I got to shower, change clothes and get my drink and snack on before hitting the road. We're getting ready to close up shop here in May and I'm looking forward to being back in the NW then for a few months. Cheers!

Wedding Canyon2
Wedding Canyon2
View from Wedding Canyon
View from Wedding Canyon
Tree and light
Tree and light
Towers
Towers
Top o the Rock
Top o the Rock
Top details
Top details
Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
The Overhang
The Overhang
shadows and contrast
shadows and contrast
Peeling back the outer layer
Peeling back the outer layer
Monument Valley2
Monument Valley2
Monument Valley
Monument Valley
Ledges4
Ledges4
Ledges3
Ledges3
Independence Ridge
Independence Ridge
Independence Ridge other side
Independence Ridge other side
Independence Monument other side
Independence Monument other side
Independence Monument from above
Independence Monument from above
Independence Monument close2
Independence Monument close2
Independence Monument close
Independence Monument close
Fruita Valley2
Fruita Valley2
Fruita Valley
Fruita Valley
Dramatic spires
Dramatic spires
Base layers Independence Monument
Base layers Independence Monument


Colorado National Monument 4/1-2/2021 from Willis Wall on Vimeo.

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Brushbuffalo
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PostSat Apr 03, 2021 4:02 pm 
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Interesting sedimentary rocks there. Indeed, one of the less- visited n.m. in the region. Did you see any rock climbers there?
For some of us  here in the cloudy PNW, I would welcome all the sun I can get!

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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williswall
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PostSat Apr 03, 2021 4:12 pm 
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Brushbuffalo wrote:
Did you see any rock climbers there?

No, I was constantly looking up the faces with cracks and saw no one.

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zephyr
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PostSat Apr 03, 2021 9:26 pm 
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Oh my gosh!  Such a beautiful and dramatic landscape.  So many fine photos here.  That's a whole lot of awesome that you are sharing with us, ww


I like the perspective on these two.   ~z

williswall wrote:
Towers
Towers
Top o the Rock
Top o the Rock

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Matt Lemke
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PostMon Apr 12, 2021 5:14 am 
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I recently moved to grand junction a couple months ago. Im excited to have this place literally in my backyard!

Nice photos. Fruita is a great town too

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