We spent last night at the Ute Mtn Casino RV Park and the place is nearly deserted. The casino was doing a roaring business but there is only a half dozen RVs here. It was nice to have the electric heater going overnight. We were awakened several times overnight by the howling winds. Still blowing this morning and it seems like it may be behind us on our drive to start. We are planning on staying at Snowflake, AZ tonight and then a shorter drive on to Florence tomorrow. Yesterday's drive was 340 kms (212 miles) and today we're looking at about 249 miles but should be way faster roads. Then it will be about 161 miles tomorrow.
Our first rest stop
Second stop, this one for photos
Opposite direction from the above
Flume stop of interest, enlarging by clicking on the image will show you the flume hanging on the canyon wall. You may also spot our motor home in the top right.
Aileen under the massive cliffs
This round rock looks like The Coliseum
Closeup shows how the flume was attached. The flume was put in to run water to a gold mining project in the late 1800's and several workers fell to their death during construction. Since this area just had flour gold, using water pressure was unsuccessful and the operation went broke.
The highway is visible in the upper left
Still some nice fall colour showing in spots
Ute Mtn Casino hotel
Some artistic licence used here. I blended three images in Photomatix Essentials then used the painterly 2 filter. I liked how it brought out the warm southwestern colours.
Same thing here except I used the painterly 4 filter
Other than the two filtered images above, the rest of the night shots were taken with my Canon 6D full frame camera on a tripod and are just cleaned up in post processing.