Every now and then I have to go on a business trip. Thankfully this job only requires me to drive over to Grand Junction. It is a 3-4 hour drive on I-70 West. The drive takes you past all the ski areas, over Vail Pass and through Glenwood Canyon, one of the most beautiful canyons you will ever see. It was craved out by the Colorado River and the highway follows the meandering river. If you ever have an extra day a drive up to Glenwood Springs is worth the time. I don’t have any pictures of the canyon as I was driving. Next time I will stop and get some shots of the canyon and river.
Farther west is Grand Junction, about 20 miles from the Utah border. All of our gas facilities are on the Western Slope and we have a satellite office in Grand Junction. The majority of the oil and gas industry is in Western Colorado. To communicate with our field stations we use microwave radios and being in Colorado there are lots of high places to put a radio tower. The tower I had to visit sits atop a 12,000 foot mountain. The last 10 miles to the top is all two track road. It took me about 30 minutes. On the way down I had to stop at about the half way point to let an excavator pass. The poor guy was already an hour and 45 minutes into the trip and had over an hour to go! Then he had to come back down after he dug the ditch! As he passed it looked like a bumpy, noisy, and awful trip.
The view is looking out from Sunlight mountain, where our tower is located.