Most appropriate as a travel writers' meeting in South Dakota inspired this site, our moniker and these annual jaunts six years ago. We invited you to come along then and hope you are still riding along today. #Good Girls Westward Ho!
Day 1, June 12, 2017: We're stopping here why?
|From this to the jail? Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Relying on our hostess Gaylene Ore more than electronics, we eventually landed correctly, in a well-equipped room at the Springhill Suites Hotel. It got better.
Grand Junction Visitors Bureau left a tote bag of goodies welcoming the Good Girls.
|Pie improves everything. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Apt entrance to the West, 19th century facades. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Sculpture to look at and play with. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Older residents lingered over bagels.
|That's one large shiny bison. Photos by Debi Lander.|
We resisted adding retail therapy to our itinerary, but stopped by Cafe Sol to pick up wraps, salad, desserts and beverages for lunch.
|Not quite ready. Photo by Debi Lander.|
Gaylene suggested we spend several hours visiting Colorado State Monument but thinking in terms of a statue of some kind, we wondered how much time seeing a monument could possibly take.
|Could the day get any better?|
|eons of geologic history ...|
There was a photograph demanding to be taken at every turn in the road and there were many of those. Not crowded either.
Sometimes there is an advantage to not having a clue. Our reactions were stunned delight.
"I tried hard to live his way, but I could not do it, I could not live with a man to whom even a cabin was an encumbrance."
|Art and life combine in this image of John Otto against the side of the Visitors Center. Photo by Debi Lander.|
If you have a choice of approaching from the east or west, choose the east, Grand Junction, gate. That puts most scenic pull offs on your right. Trust us, you will use them!