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Sep 5, 2017 - One Helluva Road Trip

We stayed in Ely for two days to rest and chill. Like all the other towns we’ve revisited it has grown a lot since our last trip through. We continued on Hwy. 50 and found it actually lonelier than “the loneliest road”, we saw hardly any traffic until we connected with I-70 at Holden. I-70 between Denver and I-15 is one of the most beautiful drives we’ve been on. Spectacular scenery! We stopped at Green River, Utah and spent one night then drove on to Cortez, CO where we are now. Cortez is the home of daughter Judy and her husband Greg and...

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May 11, 2017 - Monticello, UT to Cortez, CO

We weren't in a hurry to get started this morning. We only had 72 miles to drive today. We crossed the border into Colorado just 22 miles after we left Monticello. This is an agricultural area - hay & beans. We drove thru Dove Creek, CO - Pinto Bean Capitol of the World. We stopped at Adobe Milling Company & bought Anasazi & bolito beans. (We still have some pinto beans from the last time we were here.) We drove thru Cortez & on toward Mancos to the Mesa Verde RV Resort. We're backed onto a grassy area - very nice. After getting set up we...

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Nov 8, 2016 - Cortez, CO

Goodbye to Utah! Our route to all the places we have visited looks like a drunken wandering, but there is some logic to the path we have taken. We started with a list of where we wanted to go, mapped the route, and started making plans, only to discover several destinations that would be hard to visit because all the campgrounds would be closed due to seasonal closings! We checked the average temps and discovered that even some roads would be closed due to snow! So, we did more research and made a plan to visit the coldest places first so...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Leaving Utah

Sep 28, 2016: Today we spent a leisure day of riding and looking at the scenery of Utah for the last time. We were planning on going to Mesa Verde but looking at maps we decided to go to a place called Hovenweep NM. We had been to Mesa Verde before so thought this would be something different and am glad we did. I was amazed at the buildings that were built in the 1200 hundreds and how they built them that some of the remains are still here even being built on the sides of banks around the canyon. We saw wild horses on public lands and...

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Trip West 2016

Sep 27, 2016 - Cortez, Colorado

We've been in Cortez for the past 10 days. It's a good location as its given us the opportunity to visit several sites. Hovenweep NM, Mesa Verde and Anastazi ruins. We also spent a night in Durango and had lunch with Janice and George, friends that we met two years ago while volunteering at Cascade Lake in the Pisgah Forest of NC for Cradle of Forestry. We also rode the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 45 miles up the mountain to Silverton, CO through the wilderness to elevation 9200'. Next stop, Four Corners NM on the way to Camp...

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The Bright Side

Sep 13, 2016 - McPhee reservoir

We were ready to get to Utah but stopped in Cortez for groceries. We found a Polaris dealer in Dolores who checked our atv and found it had a crimped hose. He was able to fix it but it had gotten late and we decided to camp at McPhee outside of Dolores instead of going on to Bluff, Utah. The cg is above the lake and a rainstorm back to the east produced a small rainbow. There's a lookout point up the road that gives you a 360 degree view all the way to the Lizard Head wilderness to Mesa Verde to sleeping Indian mtn. The cg host came to...

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Jun 5, 2016 - San Juan Scenic Skyway

SUNDAY! Today we went sightseeing – no more hiking for me today – I am still kinda tired. We decided to do the San Juan scenic Skyway, which I think is gonna be like the Cherohala at home, “this 236 mile road loops through the San Juan Mountains”, you just drive along & see fantastic views! We stopped several times for photo opportunities & just watched the elevation increase. We drove along a river which is muddy and flowing very rapidly. We realized it is from snow melt. As the altitude increased, I realized the flowers and trees also...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Cortez

I am posting pictures from Sunday, which do not match today’s entry, but we have so many beautiful pix, and I can only download so many at a time, that I will “talk” about them tomorrow! Oh, just remembered – yesterday was national donut day – forgot to post it on yesterday’s post and YES! Dan was celebrating! He got up first thing & went out, but resisted buying a dozen, he just got 2 free ones, one for each of us! Saturday! After all the excitement of Long House yesterday and all the hiking, I got up this morning & decided to go back to...

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Jun 3, 2016 - More Mesa Verde

Today we toured Wetherill Mesa, named after the cowboy who "discovered" the cliff dwellings, and began the exploration and exploitation of Mesa Verde. In the 1890s and early 1900s, almost all of the artifacts were removed to museums in the East and it was becoming very commercialized. Thank goodness, it was turned into a National Park. I think it was one of the earliest parks. I mentioned yesterday that most of the touring of the cliff dwellings is led by rangers. This is to protect the ruins. All 3 of our major tours were led by rangers....

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Jun 1, 2016 - Mesa Verde

On to Colorado and Mesa Verde, the "Green" Mesa. We will be spending a few days in the Four Corners area. We are driving along watching the elevation increase, and enjoying see more green even if it is scrub brush after the very arid Chaco. So excited to see cliff dwellings - I remember being fascinated with these when I was in grade school many years ago! Arrived early at a nice campground and began doing laundry! Most of the Mesa Verde sites require a ticket for a ranger guided tour so got our tickets all ready for tomorrow......just...

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May 10, 2016 - Silverton, Durango, Mesa Verde, and Cortez Colorado

Great day, although nerve wracking for me at times. However, it was worth it. We headed for Silverton on a scenic highway. Starting in Durango where the elevation is 6,523 feet, we drove about 45 miles, on roads that were at times, awesome, and at other times had drop offs into deep ravines. Once in a while, there might be a guardrail, but most of the times not. I will say however, that the roads here are very smooth and without potholes, even at extremely high altitudes. Those who know me well, know that I am skittish and nervous in heavy...

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Nov 7, 2015 - Side trip to McElmo Canyon

Saturday, 7 Nov. We decided to investigate a couple of the local wineries in the area. The Sutcliffe Vineyards and the Guy Drew Vineyard. They are both located in McElmo Canyon. This canyon is follows the course of McElmo Creek, which is a 70 mile creek originating just east of Cortez and then joins the San Juan River at Aneth, UT. It's canyon is reputed to be a very scenic canyon. On this day we only went about 14 miles into the canyon. We stopped at the Sutcliffe Vineyards. We turned off of the main road into the driveway into the winery....

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