What a terrific day!
An early start to the day resulted in 10am arrival at Taos Pueblo. To get there, we drove through Taos, a vibrant, fun city. Then we toured the World Heritage site with a guided tour, bought bread that was baked in a horno this very morn, and drank fresh squeezed lemonade and watermelon juice. That was a fascinating site - it's the oldest continually lived in site in America. The people were gentle and friendly- we highly recommend a visit!
We had time then to drive on to Durango- it took a long time. We crossed the Rockies and took pics of the GPS showing 10,542 feet! I didn’t think Ciao Baby could go that high, but she managed fine.
We got out and threw snowballs at each other. Leaves were still budding up there. It was cold! We ran around some and then jumped back in the RV, choosing to enjoy the view of the overlook from the warmth of the RV.
Cattle drive- look how they're swarming around the RV! (sun is bright)
Along the way to Durango we saw several interesting things:
First, there was a sign when leaving Taos that said the bridge over the Rio Grande would be closed for the week on each half hour. By the time we got there, our side of the highway got to go forth, as only one side at a time was allowed to cross the bridge. All along the bridge we slalomed by dirty cars that looked as if they’d been in a race and crashed all over the bridge.
Cars were overturned, flat tires, etc. There were probably 12 cars like that. Was it a real wreck or a movie set? The sheriffs had stopped the traffic, so we just couldn’t figure it out was happening.
Then we witnessed “Race Across America” bike race in action. http://www.raceacrossamerica.org The first biker we saw was being videotaped by a guy and then we saw all the media vehicles, many individual bikers, and road crews along the way. I’d love to learn more about that race. We saw that M.D. Andersen in Houston was one of the sponsors. We did get to yell encouragement to one biker who gave us the thumbs up. How in the world do they ride up those mountains? It is miles and miles of uphill travel!
Then we came to a complete stop at the bottom of a mountain - something was in the road.
A cattle drive! Complete with cows going around our RV and cowboys! That was exciting- the cows were mooing loudly and we took many pictures. It was an fun 5 minutes or so and we were disappointed when they were past. The final cowboy thanked us for being patient and we thanked him for the show.
Beautiful snow-capped mountains
We finally arrived in Durango at 5:05pm, right in rush hour and managed to make it to the historic downtown where the Durango-Silverton Railway is located. http://www.durango.org/ We parked in their lot and picked up our tickets for tomorrow morning, which I reserved by phone while on the way there (the GPS had the phone number and took us right there- love that GPS!). Then we wandered around the downtown, buying some fudge from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, getting Jazy a book from the used bookstore, and generally had a great time. The downtown is very vibrant with many young people, restaurants, and shops that are open late.
The RV campground we’re in tonight, Cottonwood, http://www.cottonwooddurango.com/ (we are just to the right of the tree in the 2nd picture!) is just a quarter mile from the Railway - we might just walk to the train in the morning if we’re up early enough for the 8:30 am boarding time. Since the train takes 3 hours to get to Silverton, 2.5 hours there, and 3 hours return trip, we’ll be pulling in late tomorrow (6 pm), so we reserved our site here for tomorrow as well. Its full hookup and we feel so luxurious, although I did ask if we could stay in the Railway’s parking lot. That would have been most convenient, but a city ordinance prohibits it (which is stupid for fully-contained vehicles, but I won’t get into that). So we’re enjoying Cottonwood.
Looking forward to the train ride tomorrow. It's something I've wanted to do since the man on the Sandia Tramway in Albuquerque told us about the experience, so I'm thrilled we're finally here.
The kids are already in love with Colorado- clear streams, snow-capped mountains, grass, big trees, clean air- lovely!
Taos Pueblo - walls 3-5 feet thick- this is original building. More modern ones made with adobe bricks
Mesa Verde (World Heritage site) and Four Corners are next, I think: http://www.visitmesaverde.com/
Hugs to you all!