The Colorado Kid

No blog about Southwest (and West) daylily names would be complete without a blog about our namesake, The Colorado Kid.

So, what say we take a ride down the Colorado River for a spell. It is only an hour from my house and runs through some of my favorite camping and hiking spots.

Rocky Mountain National Park – 2014

The mighty Colorado starts in Rocky Mountain National Park, not too far from where I grew up (in Estes Park). Born in the Colorado snowpack, it (like me) heads straight the desert.

Colorado River State Park – 2019

The Colorado runs through Grand Junction – I love camping at Colorado River State Park and exploring the Colorado National Monument. It is amazing the force of wind and water on sandstone.

McInnis Canyon National Recreation Area

So, on my February trip, we took the back road (Utah 128) that runs by the Colorado River.

Fisher Towers formed by the Colorado River – 2020

The river then runs through Dead Horse Point – a favorite, dog-friendly hiking spot.

Dead Horse Point State Park – 2019

From there, it heads down through Lake Powell.

Lake Powell National Recreation Area

And on to the Grand Canyon.

Horseshoe Bend, five miles downstream from Lake Powell – 2015
Grand Canyon National Park – 2015

The Colorado Kid daylily was a must-have daylily when I first started collecting daylilies for their place names.

The Colorado Kid – 2019

The other reason I picked her is that she is near blue. I was absolutely infatuated with near-blues when I first discovered that daylilies didn’t come in blue. I guess we want what we can’t have. At any rate, her color is best before the sun hits her – she is on the north side of the house. Once the light hits, her blue is decidedly purple.

The Colorado Kid – 2019

She is one of my favorite near-blues in my near-blue pot section of the yard. And, she is the namesake of this blog. And, another reason to go road trippin’ vicariously through my daylilies during the COVID pandemic.

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