western Slope - Wednesdays

9:00 am .... In and around Grand Junction and Palisade. 
Contact: Nancy Lewis, 970-462-7370, Nancy@nblewis.com

JULY 2020 Schedule 9:00 am start time EXCEPT for July 22nd which is 8:00 am

Hi Everyone, 

July is here and we are going traveling to higher elevations to be as cool as possible. The trips will take longer and will be more remote so join others if you can or at least rsvp.

***RSVP would be much appreciated for the July 15th trip so I can let the host know. 

July 1 Maison la Belle Vie winery 9:00am – A beautiful setting to create your masterpiece. It has it all: vineyards, barn, people eating, vistas, flower gardens and even shade. If you would you can stay for an outdoor lunch and visit the tasting room.

Location is 3575 G. Road, Palisade, Colorado

July 8 Land's end observation  9:00am – on the Grand Mesa

Perched on the edge of Grand Mesa in western Colorado’s Mesa County, the Lands End Observatory was built in 1936–37 and gives visitors a spectacular view of the Gunnison and Grand River Valleys, the Uncompahgre Plateau, the San Juan Mountains, and the La Sal Mountains in Utah. Wild flowers season should be peaking.

We will actually be painting down the road about an 1/8 of a mile further.  Views are best there and there is protection from the wind and some cool wind blown trees, as well as shade. Bug Spray is a must. Bathroom near by but not water.

You can get there one of two ways as shown on the map. If you do not like steep narrow windy roads do not go up the Delta side, come up via Mesa, Colorado way.

Click here for google directions: https://goo.gl/maps/jQXbMGvCv3wgjPDk9

This trip will be 40 miles and take about 1 hour 22 minutes via highway 1-70 to Highway 65  and right on Lands End Road and 18 mile more miles on dirt road. Drive a little bit further until you see a  dirt pull off area on your left .

July 15 Jennifer Riefenberg Home in Cedaredge 9:00 am.    (*** RSVP to  me, Nancy Lewis, appreciated for this trip)

This paint out will be on a quiet country setting with a pond, creek, vista of mountains and shady areas. Will be 10 degrees cooler because it is at elevation 6500’ but will still be hot. There will be a bathroom available with hand sanitizers.

Location:  23784 Snowflake Rd, Cedaredge 81413 GPS should get you right there.  From hwy 65 head north from town. Right on to Shady Oak. Left on 2375 rd. Right on Snowflake rd ( kind of hidden) and house straight back.

Click here for google directionshttps://goo.gl/maps/TPZUawZsUrkSbGhr7

July 22 – Start time 8:00 am. Coal Canyon near the Wild horse.
We will be painting along the dirt road on the way to the wild horse parking lot. The morning views are really amazing to paint. It has huge vistas of DeBeque Canyon, the surrounding Bookcliff formations and the Grand Mesa . There will be no shade so I suggest we start earlier and also bring an umbrella, bug spray and a hat. There are restroom near by and no water.  There may be sounds of the near by state park shooting range but we will be safe by painting along the road.

July 29 - Miracle Rock Picnic area, Glade ParkStart Time 9:00am. We will be at a higher elevation area so it will be cooler. It has rock formations, trees, shade, views of ranches, picnic tables, hiking, restroom.  Bring bug spray, lunch and water. This is a beautiful place to paint, hike and have a picnic.

Print directions before you go. I doubt there will be cell phone coverage. Directions are from the eastside entrance to the Colorado National Monument entrance and there is no need to pay to enter the park if you tell them you are going to Glade Park. The trip will be a twenty-mile drive from the park entrance: Drive 5 up the monument for 5 miles, take a left onto DS road, follow DS road for 13.8 miles, turn left at 9 8/10 road, in 1.1 mile, turn left,  parking will be on the right.

Click here for google: Directions to Miracle rock

For more information about Miracle Rock see https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/miracle-rock-trail

"May you be the captain of your creativity"

Nancy Lewis


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