From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.
The sun is shining upon southern Colorado this morning as Brian and Christie’s heavy-duty truck rumbles down 285 south of Salida. The mountain ranges to the east and west are wrapped in the dark green of conifers and at higher elevations patched with irregular blotches of yellow and orange – aspen groves changing color for autumn.
In the valley, the cottonwoods are still clinging to their summer green, but the grass has given up the fight and one type of bush is awash in tiny golden flowers.
South of Villa Grove, we curve left onto 17 and before long notice a portion of the Sangre de Cristo range that appears to rooted in a drift of sand. This is Great Sand Dunes National Park, and today’s destination.
The sand dunes get taller and more impressive as we get closer.
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