After leaving Michigan last Wednesday, I decided to make my way west along Interstate 70, to see some sites in states further south than the ones I saw on my way out. I made my down through Indiana and Illinois, visited St. Louis for a day, and continued west through Missouri and Kansas.
The last couple of days have been cold and rainy, so I drove some pretty long distances. I am more interested in seeing more of Colorado and Utah than I was in hanging around in Missouri and Kansas.
This afternoon I hit Colorado, and the skies cleared up and the temperature warmed up to 70 degrees! I was able to stop for a hike at Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado. There are hoodoos and other formations made from the slowly eroding clay soil. The oxidized iron in the soil causes amazing colors in the clay!
It has been awhile since I had some hiking time on this trip, and the hike and the sun did some good for my soul!