At Vallecito Lake we couldn't stay Saturday and Sunday as they were full. We began looking for another place to stay and were having difficulty. Everyone was full for the weekend. We finally found a spot for the weekend at Navajo Lake Resort. We were very grateful for that.
When we arrived at Navajo Lake Resort, we were greeted like family! I was also very warmly greeted by the family dog, Ranger. He is a big, lovable Golden Lab. The owners, Pat & Selina Hughes, are very friendly and welcoming. I noticed that they had hummingbird feeders outside the office with lots of birds on them.
Our site looked out on Navajo Lake and was a great spot for getting out satellite. As soon as we got set up, I had Tim put out the awning so I could hang my hummingbird feeder. Well, the wind got up and the awning had to be pulled back in. I already had many birds on the feeder, so I was very disappointed. Tim made a makeshift holder and got the feeder back up for the birds. He took the two metal rods that we use to open and close the awning and taped them together. He then hooked it under the windshield wipers and taped it onto the side mirror. It was a real rig!! But the birds didn't seem to mind! We had so many hummingbirds buzzing around that feeder! We watched them for extended periods of time. They would fight over the feeder. We had Rufous Hummingbirds, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Calliope Hummingbirds and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. When the food ran out, they would look in the window to let us know!!
Sometimes one of the Rufous hummingbirds would sit on the wire and chase away any others. Most of the time one of the Broad-tailed birds would be the aggressor and chase the others away. Sometimes, though, they would get along well enough so that there would be as many as 8 or more birds buzzing around the feeder. It was such a thrill to watch them.
Most of our time we spent just relaxing at home (watching the hummingbirds!), but on Sunday we took at trip, only 10 miles, to Chimney Rock National Monument. History: 'The rock itself is over 535 million years old and offers 75-mile panoramic views of the local area. The Ancestral Puebloan site, designated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, was a community inhabited between Durango and Pagosa Springs about 1,000 years ago with about 200 rooms. Rooms in the buildings were used for living, work areas and ceremonial purposes.
The site is located within the San Juan National Forestry Archeological Area on 4,100 acres of land.
Housing approximately 2,000 ancient Pueblo Indians between A.D. 925 and 1125, the settlement included a Great House Pueblo with round ceremonial rooms, known as kivas, and 36 ground-floor rooms. A grizzly bear jaw found in one of the rooms when excavated suggested a reverence for the animal, and modern Chaco oral history suggests that the Bear clan originated in the Chimney Rock area.'
Back at the park, there is an apricot tree that is absolutely loaded with fruit. A fox wanders through the park in the evenings and enjoys some of the fruit. The owners also told us that a pair of young (not babies) mountain lion cubs also wander the park in the evenings. They had seen them just the night before we arrived. We were sitting out in our chairs watching the hummingbirds on Sunday evening. I had taken the trash and walked back around the back of the RV so I wouldn't disturb the birds when I saw deer standing over by the apricot tree. I told Tim to look and there were 8 bucks!!! They ranged in size from a spike buck (small antlers), 4-point buck, to 6 and 8-point bucks!!! What a thrill!! They were munching on the apricots on the ground and a couple of them were standing on hind legs to grab them from the tree. Of course I had to grab the camera and get pictures. They wandered across the parking lot and across the road to a nice grassy field, but not before I captured them!! After the bucks left, 4 does came up to have a shot at the apricots. A little later in the evening we watched a beautiful gray fox walk through and over to the apricot tree. I also saw it climb the tree, grab fruit, come back down the tree and walk away to eat it. It would then come back and repeat the process. We watched it for several minutes. But alas, we didn't see the young mountain lions.
When we were getting ready to leave, Tim took the bird feeder off the front of the RV and laid it across the picnic table. It was empty, but the birds kept swarming around it. So he stuck in the park grill and they continued to feed.
This is a really nice park. Across from us were the showers. There are 5 individual showers for the park and 2 dedicated to the bunkhouse. They were immaculately clean! There is also a very nice laundry room. We have full hook-ups which included 50-amp service. Everything about this park is great!!! We rate it a 10! If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend you stay here. You won't be disappointed!! Check it out at: navajolakeresort.com.