Friday, January 20, 2017
Grand Mesa, CO (1/4/2017)
We wrapped up my family's visit with a day trip to Grand Mesa, that very large flat-top mountain with its impressive annual snowfall. In fact, it was snowing as we started up the road that leads over the mountain. We were almost the only ones on the road, and it was comforting to know we had 4WD and brand new all-terrain tires on the LRJ. All the lakes were frozen and covered with snow, the Visitor's Center was closed and several inches of snow had accumulated on the roads since the last plow had come along. We stopped at the Grand Mesa Lodge, one of the few places open, and chatted with the owner for a bit. He had no cross-country ski gear for rent, a disappointment, but did have snowmobiles rentals. However, we were concerned a three-hour tour might keep us on the mountain too long. We settled for some play time in the parking lot.