Right after the closing, I began to unload the truck at my new digs. I had good help for a couple days and managed to get everything unloaded, and much of it put away. Over the next few days, multiple furniture deliveries kept me busy, along with moving boxes from the garage into the house. Of course, I had to make numerous shopping trips for necessities, and a few just for home decor items. After a couple weeks, I was ready for my first visitors, BIL Charlie and SIL JoAnne. Honestly, I was also ready for a break and a chance to have some fun.
The first day trip took us to Black Canyon of the Gunnison and a drive down that very steep road to East Portal. Right by the Gunnison River, we could see the entrance to the tunnel that goes nearly six miles through the mountains to provide irrigation water to the entire valley, and has for more than 100 years. At that point, the river is very calm and smooth.
On the way back to the rim, we had good views of the canyon and even saw a mule deer.
Here is the Painted Wall, although I still don't understand why it's called that. Also shown is the crack that glows like fire on certain occasions when the sunrise hits it just right. I hope some day to witness that.
After a picnic lunch and visit to a quaint gift shop, we took a back road through the rolling hills and eventually made it to Silver Jack Reservoir.
From there, we made our way up to Owl Creek Pass, admiring the rock formations and wildflowers along the way.