Friday A and I made a mad dash to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Well, it wasn’t exactly a mad dash. We found ourselves truly enjoying all that is south of Aspen, and I began taking pictures as we approached Mt. Sopris, just outside of Glenwood Springs.

Paonia is one of those small rural towns that has a New Age influence and overpriced real estate. A and I didn’t know we were driving through Colorado’s wine country, and we took advantage of our early Denver departure and sampled from the local fare at Black Bridge Winery, which is conveniently located just off Highway 133. Everything produced there – from the wine to the produce – is organic. After a little sampling, I decided upon a meritage, I believe it was called Black Bridge Red, a robust wine that complemented exquisitely the bison burgers we had over the campfire that night.

The photos of the drive to, through, and past Paonia tell a story of dark clouds and rain. Such weather is always welcome in Colorado. Especially when it dries and warms up just in time for outdoor activities. Which it did.

Day one of the four-day road trip was a blast of shopping, talking to folks, and getting excited about the canyon that lay ahead in wait for us. (In a good way.)

Mt. Sopris with a moat of cloud

Mt. Sopris with a moat of cloud

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Obligatory self-portrait shot

Obligatory self-portrait shot

The black bridge next to the Black Bridge Winery

The black bridge next to the Black Bridge Winery

Paonia graffiti on the black bridge

Paonia graffiti on the black bridge

Room for one only

Room for one only

Even the wind couldn't stop this picture

Even the wind couldn't stop this picture

Or this one...

Or this one...

More Paonia graffiti. I hope the trains run on time...

More Paonia graffiti. I hope the trains run on time...

Finally we made it here - the Black Canyon

Finally we made it here - the Black Canyon

More canyon photos to follow…

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