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Sep 23, 2020 - Durango, CO

Getting to Durango required us to cross the continental divide which involved climbing and descending about 4,000 feet, which is an adventure. The 10 or 12 miles on either side of the divide had 7% steep grades up and then down right at the divide, and lesser grades spread out for another 20 miles on either side. Durango is located in an area of tall rocky hills and valleys. It is also a busy tourist town, and this is foliage season for this area. The leaves on the aspens change to gold, and everybody thinks it is gorgeous. It is nice, but...

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Jul 5, 2020 - Aztec and last of Durango

Fri., July 3rd – Anna, my sister, and her husband and daughter came in with their Coleman trailer from New Mexico to join us for a few days. Today we hiked the trail at Vallecito Lake, explored downtown Durango, and spent the evening at the Bar D Chuck Wagon. We know how to really fill a day! Sat. July 4th – Carla and I took a ride out to the Aztec National Monument where we were able to walk in and out of more ancient Puebloan ruins and remnants. Later we met the guys back at Darry and Juanita Ferguson’s unique cliff top home filled with...

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Westward Bound Again

Jul 3, 2020 - Vallecito Lake

Fri., July 3rd – Anna, my sister, and her husband and daughter came in with their Coleman trailer from New Mexico to join us for a few days. Today we hiked the trail at Vallecito Lake (Steve chose to fish the lake), explored downtown Durango, and spent the evening at the Bar D Chuck Wagon. We know how to really fill a day!

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Westward Bound Again

Jul 2, 2020 - Silverton and Ouray

Thur., July 2nd – Since the Silverton Railroad was not running, we drove the scenic drive up the mountain to Silverton and over to Ouray. Carla and I strolled the quaint downtowns of both little cities. We made a stop at Box Canyon to see the thundering rush of water in this immense canyon. It was an awesome day of enjoying the beauty surrounding Durango.

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Westward Bound Again

Sep 30, 2019 - Colorado

Arrived in Durango at United Campground. Pretty tight spaces and trees. So, no satallite TV. Oh well. Took the trolly into downtown and walked the main Street. Lunch at the local saloon and drinks at the distillery. Headed back to camp to see the Train go by and even saw some elk in the distance. Next, we hopped on the Narrow Guage Railroad up the mountain to Silverton. 9300 feet along an awesome river hugging steep rock walls. Round trip took all day and we had lunch in Silverton at a restaurant that was once a bordello in the 1800. Great...

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Jun 23, 2019 - Durango-Silverton Scenic Train

June 23rd, 2019 Today, we rode the Durango-Silverton scenic train. I believe that it is rated as the number one scenic train ride in the United States. It is an old narrow gauge railroad that was originally built to run through the mountains to Silverton and Ouray, Colorado to bring gold and silver ore back for smelting in Durango. It was less expensive to build a narrow gauge railroad through mountainous areas. For the most part, the train track follows the Animas River. The river is still running at a high level because the snow pack was...

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Jun 21, 2019 - Durango, Colorado

June 21st, 2019 Durango, Colorado Last night we had dinner at the Strater Hotel Mahogany Grille. The Strater is an iconic historic Victorian western hotel built in 1887. In the lower level, there is a large room that can be used as a conference room, ballroom and so on. It is currently designed to look like a Pullman car on the inside. The room has walls that are about two feet thick. It was originally built to hold gold and silver ore that came from the mines in Silverton and Ouray. Durango was where the ore was brought by narrow guage...

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Aug 30, 2018 - Heading North to Durango

We left “O’Keefe Country” and headed for Durango, Colorado. We were in Durango three years ago but this time we varied our route. The first part of our route was on a two-lane, rolling county road with no shoulders for about 50 miles before we connected to the newly paved four-lane US-550 for 85 miles arriving in Aztec, New Mexico. There are not many towns along this section of the highway in New Mexico but there is a lot of mining going on – coal, oil, uranium, and gas. The scenery changed from treeless stretches of land like we’ve seen...

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Jul 19, 2018 - Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For...

I had been off the road for two months and the itch was growing. I could tell Gypsy was feeling neglected and Presley looked bored. Time to go. But where? You see, I’m a planner. I plan every move and every trip we had taken thus far since retirement, I planned down to the minute. I had the route, lodging, sites to see, etc. planned out before we ever left for the trip. I decided it was time to make myself uncomfortable. Hop in Gypsy and have no plans...only a direction and mission (cooler weather). Did I mention this would be out of my...

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Gypsy Journey

Sep 12, 2017 - Durango to Silverton

Today we decided to drive the road from Durango, Colorado to Silverton. It was a 40 mile drive. As we drove along suddenly the mountains became gigantic and the valleys looked bottomless. The beauty really was indescribable but was overshadowed to me because there was a two lane road that seemed terribly close to the edges of the drop off. Everytime Bob would say oh look at that mountain, I would tell him please don't take your eyes off this road!! We made about 30 miles of the 40 mile distance and decided that we had seen enough of the...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Animas valley overlook

We took the forest service road out of the campground 7 miles up to Animas overlook. You could see Durango and Hermosa as well as the mountains all the way to Silverton. There was a paved hiking trail with informative signs along the way which was about a mile long. We still can tell you're at 8700 ft! Stayed again at Junction Creek as the weather continues to be great.

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Sep 11, 2017 - Junction Creek cg

We headed out of the campsite and on the way back to the main road, we caught another glimpse of the moose in a boggy section of a small lake. We didn't stop to watch since we needed to be in Durango by 2 for Bill's eye shot. On the way to the Molas summit, we had the temp drop to 41 and heavy hail. The road was covered and motorcyclists were pulling over. It quit a little while later as we descended and by the time we hit Durango, it was 78. Stopped at Junction Creek campground again since it's a nice quiet place under the trees. Dropped...

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