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TheCrystal Mill Road Trip - Marble Colorado

Once again, we needed to get out of work for a few days.  Not because we hate working but we hate working in the house all day.

The vacation days are piling up so we had to burn a few more days.

Off to Gunnison, Montrose and The Black Canyon in Colorado.

Due to the COVID crap, we needed to find a hotel in that had a kitchen.  No luck finding one unless we wanted to stay in Grand Junction, CO.  A bit too far from our planned activities.

Hmm, what about Air BnB?  

We never used AirBnB before so we created an account and dove in.  Within a minute or two we found the perfect place.  A cabin in a rural area of Montrose.

$95 a night and built just for two.

We picked up all of the food that we would need to make breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday and loaded up the Yeti 35 and RTIC65 coolers.  This was a great idea as we only had to buy a couple of things.  The only other expense was gas.  Way to fucking cool.

Since we were going to be here for three nights, we thought that we would try some night photography outside the front door.  Not too good but we are still learning.

We planned on getting up early the following day for our all day adventure up to the Crystal Mill.  The mill in the high country outside of Marble, CO.  It only takes about an hour to get to Marble but another two once you get on the dirt road.  Time to try out the new Tacoma's 4x4 capabilities.  

We didn't see a lot of people on the road but there were about five other vehicles at the top and a shit load of hikers.  One hiker pretty much refused to move to the side of the road to let us pass.  He wasn't using a white can or using headphones so he wasn't handicapped but just being a dick.  Maybe because he didn't know that it was a twelve mile hike round trip to the mill.  Either way, fuck him.  

We grabbed a lot of shots and headed back to the cabin for some dinner.  

Tomorrow we head out to spend the day at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

We tried to get up early again but it just didn't happen.  Sleep felt good.

The park is only 45 minutes away so we took it easy.

The ranger station was closed with a note to just drive on in.  Dammit.  Just bought our new Annual Park Pass.  That is twice where I didn't get to use it.  Covid does have its advantages.  

After we tired ourselves out, we headed home for another fantastic meal and a night of relaxation as we were headed home the following morning.  

Only took us about six hours to get home.  We quickly put everything away and kicked it for the rest of the day.


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