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May 7, 2016 - Alamosa, Colorado

Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. We make it over the Rocky Mountains. But, I get ahead of myself. I am always thinking of a Plan B. The best route for us today is to head to Salida and then cross the Rockies over Poncha Pass. However, it is a pass. Plan B is to go a long way around the Rockies. We head west on Route 50 to Salida. We follow the Arkansas River. We climb slowly to an elevation of 7400 Feet. It is beautiful. This is why people visit Colorado. I would have hated to miss this! In Salida, we make a grocery store stop. It is...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Two Stops to Alamosa

Stopped at the very small museum in Farmington, New Mexico in order to see an exhibit on Navajo blankets made in the early 1900's. Different patterns but the same main colors - red, black, cream. The entire collection ( 25-30) was a gift to the museum . Before this acquisition the museum only had one Navajo blanket on display. Couldn't take photos . Too bad. It was a delightful exhibit. As I crossed into "colorful Colorado" I was greeted by gorgeous snow capped mountains. What a sight! I've done this route before - through Pagosa Springs,...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Great Sand Dunes

Alamosa, CO The cool thing about being in a valley like we are is that we can be back in the mountains again quickly (Sangres de Cristo range). Zapata Falls is a secluded 25-foot waterfall sheltered in a rocky crevasse just above 9,000’. We hiked to it through scrub pine and lots of rocks. It was very different terrain than we had been in previously. We hiked back down and headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park less than 5 miles away. Amazing how two such different climes can be so close to each other. The Dunes are the tallest sand dunes...

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On the road again

Sep 30, 2015 - Alamosa

Alamosa, CO We headed south today through the Arkansas River Valley. The Arkansas begins as a small trout stream at the Continental Divide just south of Fremont Pass above Leadville and from there plunges almost 5,000 feet in its first 125 miles. It is the sixth largest river in the US, and discharges to the Mississippi River 1,460 miles from its start. It is also one of the most popular rafting rivers in the world, and has plenty of wicked whitewater. The upper Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater boating river in the US with...

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On the road again

Sep 9, 2015 - East Alamosa, CO

Wed, 09 Sep: Another road day, this time a real shorty... Despite being parked just off Federal Highway 160 at the western city limits of Walsenburg, we had a restful nite. There was only one other vehicle parked in the huge parking area, an 18-wheeler with its engine idling. We call it "white noise" and we missed it when it left at "dark o'clock" in the morning. We awoke to a chilly cabin and, for the first time in months, used our gas furnaces to take the chill off the air. Since we were boondocking we used the stove and kettle to boil...

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2015 Travels

Mar 30, 2015 - Great Sand Dunes N.P.

We stopped by our first National Park on a recommendation from a gentleman who we met while traveling (Thanks, Bill!!). The park is located near Alamosa, Colorado, which is in the San Luis Valley-- a valley that is the size of Connecticut. There is not much in this valley... a few ranches and a couple gas stations. Alamosa itself is a small town with a young population. We found some delicious pizza there! Although the sand dunes were a little bit of a drive from the campground, it was well worth the drive. The Dunes were nearly 700 feet...

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Our Road Trip

Oct 7, 2014 - Great Sand Dunes National Park

We had a short drive from La Junta to Alamosa, CO. I wanted to stop at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa. I had originally planned on spending a couple of days here, but we'll cut it to one day because of all the problems back in Maryland. We moved from the high plains of eastern Colorado into the foothill of the Rockies. We're at about 7,500 ft. elevation.The aspen trees have turned bright yellow and you can see a little snow on top of some of the 14'ers in the area. Great Sand Dunes National park is set against the...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Sep 20, 2014 - Aspen to San Luis Valley

Out for some breakfast at Village Inn loaded up and head out of Grand Junction on I-70 to Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Went by the airport must have been at least 30 private jets setting on the side of airport, was talking to a local and he said there were at least that many in private hangers, wow. I walk about the town was having a street market checked out a few booths, got a piece of pizza $4.50 plus tax ( it was good) lol. Then back on the road to Independence Pass 12,095 ft the road gets very narrow in places only room for one car at a...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Poor road engineering

Alamosa, CO On our own again, our first order of business was to check out the Chimney Rock National Monument in the San Juan National Forest. Unfortunately it is an archeological site so any exploration there was by 2 ½ hour guided tour only. There are 4 tours per day on a challenging unimproved trail that is rough, steep, and rocky on a narrow causeway with cliffs on both sides. It is a 200-foot elevation gain to 7,600 ft and no shade on the two-thirds mile round trip trail. Sounds like our kind of hike but our timing was bad and we did...

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Rail Days 2014

Nov 2, 2013 - The Garden of the Gods then on to Alamosa, CO

Garden of the Gods, Lunch, then onward to Alamosa, CO 11-2-13 I got up early and went to a local Starbucks on Academy Dr. to do the usual online stuff and drink coffee. I returned with Julie’s tea by around 8:30A and we were off to Jean’s place to get a tour of the attractions of our choice then lunch. We chose to see the Garden of the Gods, a truly beautiful and spectacular place. It was a perfect, clear day so I got lots of photos. After that, it was off to a neat little deli in downtown Manitou Springs called “The Spice of Life” on...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Alamosa

Saturday we drove to Alamosa in Colorado it was roughly a 4 hour journey, for once the journey was not on the interstates , quieter roads & lovely views along the way. Where we are parked on the campground we can see the Sangre De Cristo Mountains they still have snow on the top although we were told it will be gone by July. We drove into Alamosa to a book sale then called into the Colorado Welcome Centre to get everything we need for the rest of the trip. We called into a café while in town for drinks & cake to find volunteers painting the...

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Wandering America

Jun 4, 2013 - The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Monday a 33 mile to The Great Sands Dunes National Park nestled against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America, The Star Dune is 750ft high and from the car park it is a 3 mile hike to the top. At the bottom of the dunes runs the Medano Creek and Sand Creek, the water is very low at the moment and by the time it gets to July has usually dried up. There are all sorts of animals in the area, Deer, Mountain Lions, Black Bear and many more and the only ones we saw were the deer. We walked for 4...

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Wandering America

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