Palisade Pastimes

Yup, another post about Palisade.  The town is tiny (compared to anything we’re used to), but we’re three weeks in and it’s far from getting old.

Palisade Rim Trail – For real this time.

Often times activities, events, sites, etc. that are close to where we live aren’t as appealing for some reason; it can even seem taboo – “I’m not doing that, only tourists go there”.   Well here, we’re on a mission to enjoy Palisade to its fullest.

We cut out of work around 4pm, which is ok since it’s 6pm eastern time; at least that’s what we tell ourselves.  As we begin to hike, the initial incline tells us that we’re going to have to put in some work, but the sites will be worth it.

Rim Trail - Amy

Rim Trail - Mark

Once we get to the midpoint the trail breaks off to the lower and upper rim’s.  Another angle at which to check out the incredible view of Palisade and the surrounding mountains.

Rim Trail - Valley View
Rim Trail - View 2

We roughly knew the view we would be seeing from the upper rim; basically that awesome view from our porch – we’d be up on the mountaintop looking down.  It’s one thing to picture that in your mind, but you can’t REALLY imagine the scope of it till you see it in person.

Rim Trail - House View

Top of the Rim Trail – Looking straight down you can literally see our house

We were losing daylight fast and had been hiking about 3.5 hours so we didn’t actually get to hike the entire top portion of the rim, but we will be back.

Now we see what all the fuss is about!

Palisade Bike Tour

Our Rim Trail hike the previous day invigorated us and we decided to go for a bike ride.  After seeing bike route signs and mapping out the loop we weren’t scared off by 20 miles; we’ve ridden that and more before – no big deal.  Yeahhhh….

Bike Tour - Sign

Within the first ten minutes we hit a HUGE incline and it registered: we’re in the mountains; 20 miles is going to kick our asses.  Oh well, no turning back now.

Bike Tour - CO River - Mark

That’s the Colorado River

Bike Tour - View

While pictures are scarce from this ride, the loop is full of wineries and orchards that we have to add to the list of places to visit in Palisade – geez, three months won’t be enough; guess we’ll just have to come back.

At the end of it all, we were tired, legs and butts were sore and we were happy we did it.

Bike Tour - Amy

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