YertleLing To Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — Day 2

Ancient Technology
Ancient Technology

Rose after 6:00 am, late for us. Had our morning coffee, then hiked a beautiful trail to the Visitor’s Center, about a 3-mile round trip. The views of the Canyon were breathtaking. When we got back to the campsite we made a breakfast of fried eggs and jalapeño bacon — yum!

Next we drove back to the Visitor’s Center for a little gift-buying venture. Spent way too much money, of course. Also, we saw something very strange there, very rare — ancient technology. Then we drove the South Rim, stopping at various gorgeous viewpoints and took a ton of pictures. After that, drove into the town of Montrose to pick up more beer, more ice and some firewood.

Arrived back at the campsite where I setup the grill and the campfire while Mary took Chica for a walk. She returned with a story that a doe, a deer, a female deer, had become very aggressive and tried to attack Chica. Turns out that last year a couple of dogs had attacked and killed a fawn, and that ever since then, the deer had become aggressive toward all dogs. I witnessed this on two other, separate occasions, and concluded that as long as there was a male person with the dog, the deer were aggressive but less likely to actually attack than if there was a female alone with the dog. Strange! Reminded me of “Zoo.”

Dinner time arrived. We fixed brats and all the fixings, then chilled before the fire with beer, whiskey and conversation. Very relaxing! Nothing beats solving the world’s problems with your best friend.

Crashed hard again before 9:00 pm.


5 thoughts on “YertleLing To Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — Day 2

  1. Pamela McWherter July 2, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Do you and Mary hire out? I need some of my world problems solved.


    • yertle01 July 2, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Certainly, If the price is right, but our standard contract absolves us of liability when our solutions are wrong.


  2. Pamela McWherter July 2, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    We just witnessed a male fox/fawn encounter here. The baby alerted me with her bleating. Baby is fine, and fox moved on. All is well.


  3. Mary Banken July 2, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Terry didn’t provide nearly enough detail about the spectacular canyon! As we hiked and drove along the canyon edge, we looked down half a mile to the bottom of the canyon! Did I mention my issues with heights and edges and vertigo? One of those great opportunities where my heart gets a workout and I don’t have to — or can’t — move a muscle. And I do appreciate the opportunity to confront my fears and keep having fun!

    We were lucky to be there early in the season, because the bottom of the canyon was very lush and green… And the Mesa above was still quite green as well. And lots of wildflowers everywhere. Peak season for lupines.

    The other amazing thing about this canyon… Some of the rocks are 1.7 billion years old. Some of the oldest in North America. The river has worked over ten million years to make this slice in the earth. Makes us feel so young!


    • yertle01 July 2, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks for filling in the blanks, Sweetie.


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