After we crossed the Continental Divide in the Rockies, we were headed down to Glenwood Springs, a resort town known for it's hot springs!
Glenwood Springs Canyon alongside I-70
The Glenwood Springs Hotel
Once we left Glenwood Springs, we left the mountain scenery and things started to dry up pretty fast.
We have followed the Colorado River off the Rockies and through Glenwood Springs and are now following it into Grand Junction, Colorado. See the peaks to the east of us?
Still following the Colorado River and I-70 to the north of the River.
Red Hills just to the West of Grand Junction. The country looked very similar to where I grew up - Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
The old Grand Junction Union Station which had a FOR Sale sign on it.
Front of the old Grand Junction Station
What a grand piece of Americana. Imagine you are five years old, hanging onto the hand of your momma and you are about to take your First train ride! I do hope someone buys and preserves this grand old lady. It would be a shame for it to deteriorate until it had to be torn down. Buy It! Someone! Please! Restore it! Please!
DayPhoto - Hey I wasn't too far from YOU was I!! I recognized Grand Mesa from your blog!)
As we left Colorado, headed into Utah we passed through the Ruby Canyon which was formations of red rock. Spectacular way to end the day!
After we entered the flat prairies of Utah, The Night She Fell -- and day break was in Winnemucca, Nevada.
And when the Night She Fell, We Tried to Sleep Coach!! It's do-able but it ain't real fun. The coach seats are spacious to be sure, with leg rests and a foot rest. They also recline somewhat. The pillows are a joke (well NOT at 2 a.m.! They are Not). So if you have to go Coach, take a small blanket and your own travel pillow. Better yet, when you get on the train, ask the Conductor if there are any roomettes left. You can get one for 1/2 price if there are. Your meals in the dining car come with the sleeper for you & your roomate.
If you can get the roomette, it's WORTH it. Trust me.
Next blog Over the Sierras!