2 fulltimers travel blog

 

Pretty wall art

Pagosa Springs mineral springs

counldn't pass again

pools of varying temps

See the firepit in the center of chairs!

 

 

The Dunes

 

Corky's in the trash!

an attractive trash prison

Spring creek running through the Dunes

Not an uncommon sight in the west

 

Hail at the campsite

More hail from the heavens

Our morning visitor

We hoofed it to be safe

The Dunes & the mtns come together

 

Hungry are they?


We left this AM following the yellow brick road to Dodge City, Kansas. I do believe we have fallen in love with Colorado! Let's start with Pagosa Springs...just about everything in Colorado is above 5,000'; that means clean air, pure water, beautiful trees, eclectic shops, hot mineral baths, "brew", cowboys, good people, a good wholesome feeling.

How about Wolf Creek Pass? How could I have forgotten? Now that was a climb-the Dodge 3500 was groaning by the time we reached the crest, also, the Continental Divide. Ski areas, snow mobiling, and cross country skiing were visible. Once we began the descent, clouds began lifting, snow melting, and waterfalls flowing!

Imagine driving across an arid desert valley floor at an elevation of 8,200'. Visiblity is miles and miles and miles; fields with buffalo, elk, and hay; completely surrounding the valley floor are two large mountain ranges; North America's highest sand dunes are held in place by the easterly Sangre de Cristo mountains who rise to 13,000'. What appeared to have been a poor choice turned out to be time well spent.

As we tramped around the dunes, we marveled at the natural forces,wind and a seemingly small amount of water, used to create and sustain the dunes for 12,000 years. The terrain went from wet lands to foothills, to subalpine, to alpine levels! The best I can say it is absolutely beautiful!

Another phenomenon is the frequency and visibilty of wildlife. The warnings are posted regarding bear and mountain lion territory. As of this writing neither one of these animals were seen by us. Although, on the foothills hike the thought occurred to me, more than once, "who" is watching us? Only the deer, fortunately for us.

After the mail pick-up in Blanca, Co., US routes 160, 10, & 50 will carry us to Dodge City. The more easterly we travel the more planting,tractor riding farmers are visible unless irrigation needs are being tended. Just good ole rural America.



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