Floating the Lower Gunnison

So I was a little nervous about making friends in Ridgway. It’s been a long time since I lived somewhere long enough to really make good friends. I made a few phone calls to acquaintances and I’ve found that some of them are well an their way to becoming good friends. Over beers at Colorado Boy, I found that I was happily welcomed into a slew of Labor Day weekend fun.

The four day weekend started Thursday when I left work and headed up to Paonia and met with the crew at Revolution Brewing (I was impressed with their brews). Afterwards we headed to Paonia’s Pickin’ in the Park.

The next day, most of us set out on the Gunnison River for a nice relaxing float. Sprocket spent the whole time being the puppy in charge and had a much less relaxing time…

Gunnison River SUP

Gunnison River

Gunnison River

Gunnison River

Sprocket

Sprocket

Gunnison River

Gunnison River

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

After falling in love with the San Juans, we decided to go check out Gunnison and Pitkin. Along the way is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We just did the south rim drive and didn’t head down into the canyon but it was pretty impressive:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Painted wall