|Sunrise Over Grand Junction|
The time has come to head east…back to the Lou and to Decatur. But first, a short trip to Utah. Geocaching is our hobby and we’re trying to find caches in all the 48 contiguous states this year. Grand Junction is only 30 miles away from the Utah line. So, I head west before sunrise, trying to time my arrival in Utah at first light. Got there just in time to find the cache before sunrise. Another state done! I get back to the hotel just in time to have breakfast with Mona and we begin our journey east on I-70.
Driving through the mountains on the interstate is stressful, but nothing like yesterday’s trip north from Durango. Compared to that, this is a breeze!
|In the tunnel|
We come to the summit and cross the Continental Divide inside the Eisenhower Tunnel. This huge tunnel is the largest in the U.S. interstate system and the longest. We were over 10,500 feet in elevation when we peaked.
We met our good friend Paul and his friend Anne. for dinner at The Buckhorn Exchange in Denver. Paul has been trying to get us to visit Denver for almost twenty years and we finally made it…about time! The Buckhorn was the first restaurant in Denver and the first place in Colorado to recieve a liquor license. The license is still posted on the wall. This place feels like it’s from the Old West, which it is. Hardwood floors, swinging doors and stuffed animals from all over the West adorning the walls. (And maybe a few animals from a bit further afield.) It’s a very relaxed and casual atmosphere; and while you’re waiting you can look at autographed pictures from most of the celebrities and Presidents that you’ve heard of.
|Rocky Mountain Oysters
The food, well it’s western. We end up sharing Rocky Moutain Oysters for appetizers. Good stuff! Then our entrees came out….Mona had salmon and ostrich, Marvin had elk and buffalo. All were prepared to perfection, perfectly sized and served with style. This is a do-over place! Thanks again, Paul!
All in all, it was a wonderful evening…a great dinner with an old friend and a new friend. Hard to beat that!