We have been making a renewed effort to visit churches on the road more often when we are traveling. We get caught up in using a church podcast to replace our need for a Christian community while traveling and miss out on fellowship and new relationships with other believers. We have been to a few churches since we left Oklahoma in May and funny enough they have each been named Grace Community Church. We went to Grace in Montrose, CO this morning then set our sites on the nearby National Park: Black Canyon of the Gunnnison National Park.
Black Canyon is a couple of million years old and shows it. Deep canyon walls explode up out of the Gunnison River to the rim of the canyon where the majority of the park attractions reside. Given that it was Memorial Day weekend, we opted to park at the nearest turn off and ride our bikes to the different viewpoints in the park until our legs got sore, then return back to the comfort of the bus. The views are spectacular at the park and you honestly can see the entire rim in a day, especially if traveling by vehicle. We really enjoyed the smaller size and slower pace of this park over even the North Rim from a few days ago…much more our speed.
We spent much of the rest of the day climbing in altitude through farm towns and past coal mines along the N. Fork of the Gunnison River before arriving at a free campsite just before McClure Pass. The campsite is operated by the National Forest Service and is completely free. There were two other cars there when we arrived and we enjoyed a quiet night in the mountains.