Our last night in South Fork the owners, workampers & several of the summer-long guests celebrated the end-of-season at our favorite restaurant - Ramon's. It was a fun night & Tanna capped the evening with the first ski-shots of the fall/winter season for everyone. We had a great group of people there this year & think it was the best season so far. We'll see if we can top it next year!
Yesterday we hooked up the "train" (it's the first time we've double-hitched) & headed up over Wolf Creek Pass, through Pagosa Springs & on to Bayfield, CO. It was only an 80 mile trip but a good "shake down" for the double-hitch. The highlite of the drive for Judi was seeing a bear walking thru some trees near the road - went past too fast for a picture though.
We evidently have a thing for rv parks named "River___." We left Riverbend & are staying at the Riverside RV Park in Bayfield (& we were at Riverview in Louisiana last year). We've never seen so many flowers in an rv park - masses of flowers - beautiful! We asked & they said they have workampers hired for grounds keeping.
Yesterday afternoon we unhitched the truck from the 5th wheel & drove to the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, CO. People drive from South Fork to go to the casino & we just wanted to see it. Yep, it's a casino. There was a nice Indian jewelry/art & Carhartt clothing shop in Ignacio - David found a lined shirt-jacket he'd been looking for - & an rv park at the fairgrounds just outside Ignacio that we checked out for future reference (not fancy but good for an overnite).
Today we drove up to Durango & walked around the old downtown. We checked out the Durango & Silverton Railroad Museum - nice. As we were walking across the railroad yard to the museum a couple of young deer walked around a building! We asked a worker about the deer & he said their mother had been killed on the highway next to the railway last week & they'd been hanging around since. He said it looked like they were eating grass on the other side of the buildings & staying healthy so far. Sad!
The museum is small but interesting. There's a restored engine you can climb up into, a caboose you can walk through & a private rail car that's been restored but wasn't open to tour today. Lots of other items in the museum related to the railroad or the period of history. It was certainly worth seeing - & it was free. As we left the museum it started raining so we went into a lot of the downtown shops to get out of the rain. Ha! Even with the rain it was a fun day in Durango.
We stopped at the Bottom Shelf Brewery in Bayfield on our way home. It came highly recommended & didn't disappoint. Judi had a half order of their green chili & brisket nachos (yum!) & David had their Reuben sandwich (he's picky about Reubens & loved this one). He also liked their IPA (surprise-surprise!).
Tomorrow morning we're headed to Flagstaff & then on to Bouse the next day. More later...