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Friends In High Places

 

How would you dream up a perfect holiday weekend?   This is my dream:  Have two friends in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Maybe they decide to get married and want you to be there to witness the joyous event.  They will fly us out there and upon arrival – take us to a cool joint for a couple of cold ones. Then they would take you to their beautiful mountain-side home with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and lush green golf course. They would have a motorcycle ready and waiting for you.  Oh yeah, and they know all the curviest cliff side roads within a 100 mile radius.

 

Well that dream was our reality when our good friends and former neighbors called one evening to announce they plan to marry on top of the highest flat top mountain in the world, The Grand Mesa near Grand Junction, Colorado.  They wanted us there so that Thumper could read from the Bible and I could photographically document the blissful occasion.

 

On Friday September 1 we boarded a Ted Airlines jet bound for Colorado.  Over the next couple of days we would surf the curves through the Colorado National Monument on Rim Rock Drive (think Deals Gap in the Rockies). The Bikes:  Bobby & Dale scooted along on his Hayabusa, Thumper and I doubled up on a Honda 919.  Both great bikes. 

 

On our way to the Grand Mesa, all decked out their wedding finest,  we would stop to wade into a cold mountain stream, Dale hiking her beautiful dress up to keep it dry, for a photo-op.  We stopped to pick a wildflower bouquet.  And eventually after navigating through cows that meander into the roads that run through “Free Range” territory, we arrived at the top of the Grand Mesa. 

 

With the reading of the Bible complete, rings exchanged, a kiss for good luck, photos taken and a nip of Wild Turkey to toast the happy couple, we sat upon cliff side boulders, enjoying a drink and sharing memories as the grand valley lay out before us. 

 

Following the very mountainous road of 50 and then 550 south out of Grand Junction we rode through “Switzerland of America” outside of Ouray, Colorado. We passed through Ouray to the old western town of Silverton for lunch. Back in Ouray we found the only two beds left in town at the pricey and historic Beaumont Hotel built in 1886 and featured on The Travel Channel.  And what better way to wind down after the ride than to soak in the hot springs.  Ouray’s natural hot springs soaking pool was constructed in 1927 and offers different soaking sections ranging from 96 to 106 degrees.  Aaaahhh – hundreds of gallons of steamy water to sooth our road weary bodies. 

 

The final night found us traversing Rock Rim Drive once again under the stars to have a look at the lights of Grand Junction below – an awesome sight.

 

Bobby and Dale – Congratulations!! Your wedding was undoubtedly the most stunning, beautiful event we have ever had the pleasure of attending.  The views, the joy and laughter were inspiring.  Your kindness, generosity and friendship have blessed our lives.  

 

Enjoy the photos in the Colorado Photo album.

 

 

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