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It's been difficult to write about this vacation because it meant so much to me that words don't really do it justice. So from here on out, I'm mostly going to rely on my images to speak for me.

Day 4.

We woke up and faced the world anew. Everything had been washed clean by the storm. The parking lot was a lake. Water had flooded the front lobby so squished up to the front counter when I checked out. When I got back to the car, Deb was talking to the couple from the room next door to us. Their truck had NC plates and turns out they were Scouting friends of my Dad's. I've ceased to be amazed at this sort of thing. Between all my volunteer activities and his, it seems we've rubbed elbows with most of the movers and shakers in the Eastern half of the US. So after the visit, we made our way to Heck's Hungry Traveler for breakfast where we both had...you guessed it...huevos rancheros. Plus I also had a side of pancakes. Afterwards, we went to see Buddy for a bit, hit the Art Gallery where I had another strawberry sundae and then hit the Ramsey House Studio to talk to Ethel and give her the new jewelry. She was working on a big canvas of several elk crossing a stream.

We left town about noon nad beat feet up to Southern, CO to see my ex-mother-in-law for the night. On the way up, I took Deb across rattlesnake flats because I wanted her to see Lizard Rock and the backroads of the San Luis Valley.

Me at Lizard Rock

Deb at Lizard Rock

Mr. Bear at Lizard Rock

We got up to Saguache a couple hours before dark. We spent some time gawking at the the fields of sunflowers that really looked like they had been planted there by human hands.

Sunflowers

Then we shot over to Diana's house in Saguache and she immediatly dragged us out the back door to take us up on top of Tower Mountain so we could watch the end of the day from the Continental Divide.


View from Tower Mountain


Sunset from Tower Mountain

Tower Mountain is also where I took Deb's dad hunting last December. On the way down my keen eyes did spy a small herd of elk and I spent several minutes sneaking up on them but it was a little too dark to get any good shots of them. Afterwards, we went back to the house and feasted on stuffed Anaheim chillis and fresh canned peaches and talked until late.

Day 5

Diana had to be up and out of the house early to take a cat to the vet so we got up with her and had bisquits and gravy for breakfast. She gave me 2 quarts of chokecherry juice she had canned and told me to get what I wanted off the crab apple tree. (I made both apple butter and apple jelly with these last weekend). Deb spent the early morning raiding Diana's raspberry bushes and playing with her numerous cats. We cleaned up and got on the road soon after Diana left. We went down the gunbarrel and turned at Center, heading for Del Norte. We had an early brunch of huevos rancheros, pancakes and bacon at the Tin Cup Cafe which was excellent. We had been waffling on heading up to Creede beacuse of how long it would take and what else we had planned but when I mentioned to Deb that she could soak her feet in the headwaters of the Rio Grande, she quickly agreed.

Deb at the Rio Grande

Me at the Rio Grande

We got up to Creede and it was really good to be back as I'd not been there in several years. It really had not changed. It was still full of tourists from Texas so we avoided the crowds and went up to see the mines and the fire department. I did my newspoaper internship here in 1987 and this is the view I woke up to each morning.

Mines

Wander at Mines

Fire Department

After Creede we headed back down to South Fork prepared to head over Wold Creek Pass to Durango and eventually to Mesa Verde to see the ruins. This was not to be as construction on the pass had traffic backed up for two hour waits. I told Deb I'd rather be driving than waiting so we turned around and took the long way around, down through Antonito to Chama and Dulce, NM and then up through Aztec and back to Durango. After we'd drivien all that way however, we decided to bag Mesa Verde for another visit. We got a room in Aztec and were determined to go see the Aztec Ruins National Monument in the morning and then head back to Trinidad, Co to meet Diana and Martin for dinner. That night we checked into the Enchanted Inn which proved to be very nice for the price. Rathr than find a place to eat, I broke out my portable butane stove and made us soup and sandwiches in the room. It was actually one of our most romantic meals of the trip and was much appreciated.

To be continued....

Wander

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dragoneerl
Sep. 2nd, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
That is the freakin' awesomest fire department I've ever seen. There is NO facet of government services that wouldn't be improved if some portion of it was built into a natural rock formation.
coyotepup
Sep. 2nd, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
The problem comes, of course, when government decides to crawl out from under the rock. ;)
dragoneerl
Sep. 3rd, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
Too true. And well spoken. Or written. Whatever.
wander
Sep. 7th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
It's really cool inside too. The walls have never been smoothed out, it's just all natural rock.

W
ryl
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
Lizard Rock looks like it would be a good place to perch.

Now I want to go back to the Colorado River. Damn your vile, tempting ways!
wander
Sep. 7th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Just wait, I'll be posting more pics to make you jealous.

W
ryl
Sep. 7th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
Just you wait until I post my backyard pictures. I have Plans. And they are good.
zahrah
Sep. 9th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
nick cave "the mercy seat"
lori and i are going on a permanent vacation in four months. to colorado. we had an offer we couldn't refuse and we're taking it...

lovely post... entertaining and yet somewhat calming... not sure what that was but it's a good feeling.

(will wait on the to be continued)

~Casey
wander
Sep. 9th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: nick cave "the mercy seat"
I'll continue this afternoon. Colorado is a vary calming place for me. New Mexico is where I'm most centered though.

Wander
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