American Locations 38

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

Arkansas River Valley, Colorado

The next morning the wind was gone and the sun was out. We found one couple had abandoned their tent during the night and were asleep in their car. But the other campers had stuck it out. Neither tent had been blown away. There was fog in the mountains, and the lakes were beautiful in the clear morning sunlight.

We drove in to see the little town of Twin Lakes, but not much was open. The town must come alive when the pass from Aspen opens on Memorial Day weekend.

Later that morning, we drove out of Twin Lakes east on Rte. 82 to Hwy. 24, then turned south to begin the Collegiate Peaks scenic drive at the headwaters of the Arkansas River.

We took a side trip up Chalk Creek Drive to see the Chalk Cliffs.

We pulled over to see the Calk Creek Cascades.

I nearly got the motor home stuck on the side of the road. After that, my wife had had enough excitement for the day, so we drove back out Chalk Creek Drive to Hwy. 24 and found a private campground in Nothrop. We relaxed there for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful place, with a mountain stream running past our camp site and the mountains all around.

Next Location – Arkansas River Valley and Royal Gorge, Colorado

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