On Thursday August 15, we loaded up and headed through Montrose towards Gunnison, Co. We have a granddaughter in college there and wanted to visit her before heading home. The drive is scenic and passes through several small towns. As you near Gunnison, you go past the Blue Mesa Reservoir which is a prime fishing lake with over 96 miles of shoreline. It is the largest lake located entirely within Colorado borders and is at over 7500 ft. elevation in a high desert area. The dam was completed in 1965 and was the first one on the Gunnison River. The largest lake trout and Kokanee Salmon fishery in the country is here. We enjoyed the drive and stopped for a lunch break overlooking this beautiful body of water. We booked into the Mesa RV Park just west of town for two nights. That gave us a chance to see the town and visit family. When you drive into Gunnison it is apparent they have a lot of outdoor activities. We had to visit this store to see the hundreds of items for sportsmen available. Even picked up a fly rod and reel for our active girl here. She loved it! After that we looked for an ice cream store since this is a college town and kids eat ice cream! But to our surprise the only one was located inside the front of the True Value Hardware store and they served Blue Bell from the creamery in Texas down by Texas A&M. You can buy your PVC pipe, paint, and a vanilla cone all at one time!
The next day we went to the park to see the woodcarving show with the artists using chain saws. This man with one leg was doing a great job and enjoying the crowd. They were to have a judging later that day. Across the street there was an antique car crowd gathering and the next day was their show off on Main Street. A fun town with lots to see and do. And enjoyed the visit with our college kid!