American Locations 10

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rifle Gap State Park, Colorado

Since we were tired from our hike, we didn’t drive very far on I-70. We exited at Rifle, and drove north on Rte. 13 to north on Rte. 325 to Rifle Gap State Park. We set up on the side of a lake.

That evening after dinner we walked around the campground. We realized we were in Colorado when we saw one camper had set his marijuana plants out to get some sun. The next morning we went exploring. We drove further north on Rte. 325 to Rifle Falls State Park and hiked all around the falls. I don’t know what this was growing on top of this stream.

The falls were running good since it was spring.

You could hike beyond the falls…

…to shallow caves.

You could enter the larger ones.

We also hiked to the top of the falls.

This is the creek feeding into the falls.

And going over it.

The view from the top.

After hiking all around the falls, we backtracked south on Rte. 325 to east on 226 to south on 247 to reach Harvey Gap State Park.

We drove around the lake, then got out to eat lunch, then hiked around the lake.

We returned to our campground and hiked around the lake there. The water looked so cold.

Believe it not, there were people out on it. The kayak wouldn’t be so bad if you were careful, but the paddleboard is a different matter. At least he was wearing a wet suit. But it didn’t look like his dog had one on.

We had another relaxing evening, then early the next morning we drove south to I-70 and continued west.

Next Location – Colorado National Monument, Colorado

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