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February 18, 2008

CO-UT Trip, Feb 2008 (Day 4)

Filed under: CO-UT Trip Feb2008 — Mike U @ 12:56 am

Img1 Greetings from Fruita, CO just west of Grand Junction.  Today was quite a long day centered on driving mainly as I trekked across the mountains of Colorado on I-70 from Aurora after my early morning photography presentation at the National Storm Chaser Convention.  The presentation was well-received — thanks to all for the compliments!  I will try to make the PowerPoint presentation available on Underthemeso.com pretty soon.  Given my upcoming hectic schedule, it might take awhile though.  At any rate, back to the vacation at hand here… I got into the Fruita-Grand Junction area around 3:30pm MST and immediately checked in to my motel and set off for the Colorado National Monument.  I spent the late afternoon to sunset hours up there stopping off at a few of the overlooks on the "rim drive".  About midway through my shoot, my battery started dying in one of my cameras, and it wasn’t until that point that I realized I had forgotten to pack my DSLR battery chargers.  D’oh!!  Never fear though, I do have 3 of the EN-EL3 batteries and 3 of the EN-EL3e batteries, so I should have enough "juice" for the trip.  I’m not shooting birds so my frame counts won’t be rediculous like if I was at Bosque del Apache or Quivira or something where battery life would go down quicker.  Grand Junction is bigger than I though, so I stopped by the Best Buy there before heading to the brewpub and picked up a generic Nikon battery charger.  I hope it works.  I think it is.  I ate at the Rockslide Brewery.  I had their Pale Ale, which was only okay.  Not exactly outstanding, but more or less run of the mill.  Their fish and chips, however, were fantastic — Beer batter dipped Salmon.  Yum!!  Up early tomorrow morning for sunrise shoot at Colorado Monument again and then off to Moab for Arches and Canyonlands.  More tomorrow night.

EDIT 12:20am MST:  Added a photo!

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