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Jul 6, 2014 - Monument Valley

We had a very long trip back to Cortez yesterday! We left an hour later than we had planned no reason - just because. Judy left her cell phone on the charger at home so we had to wait near the east entrance for Greg to bring it to her, which is real devotion. We detoured to Monument Valley so Trav could see that then decided to drive the 17 mile loop road which Marvin and I hadn’t done before. It takes a looooong time but is well worth it. I think! It’s 17 miles on a hilly, red dirt road with rocks, holes, whoop to dos, ruts, and dust. I...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Grand Canyon

Happy 4th everyone! This morning after Judy, Greg and Travis left for the rim and a hike down Kaibab Trail, Marvin and I were having breakfast on the back patio when we saw two mule deer having their breakfast among the sagebrush. They stayed for quite a while munching away. The drive from Cortez to GC is gorgeous, high desert with very little vegetation other than sagebrush but beautiful red mesas and monolithic buttes rising from the desert floor. Occasionally, there will be a wash at the foot of a mesa green with cottonwoods. We stopped...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Telluride and Silverton

Today we’re taking a much needed day off. Off from sightseeing, I mean. Judy had a meeting and errands to do and I’m doing laundry for all of us. Marvin took the Beast to the nearby KOA to dump our blackwater and now he and Trav have gone to hit a bucket of balls then they’ll watch the World Cup, USA plays today. Tomorrow we leave for the Grand Canyon, we’ll stay there until Saturday and Trav leaves on Sunday. The last two days have been busy; on Saturday we drove two hours to the beautiful ski town of Telluride. The drive is part of the...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Mesa Verde

Thursday, June 26 We had an adventure today. We took a ride to Disappointment Valley, north of Cortez in hopes of seeing wild horses. This beautiful valley is on BLM land and is used for cattle grazing. I’m sorry to report it is aptly named, we didn’t see any horses despite taking some very rough roads into the interior. But it was a gorgeous drive, at one point we descended from 7,000 ft. to 5,000 ft. within three miles on a twisty, windy road. We went from a fertile plateau that is known as the Pinto Bean Capital of the World to a rocky,...

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Jun 27, 2014 - On the way to Mesa Verde, Colorado

Another traveling day with more great scenery. It was a two-lane highway and lots of anxious cars, tour busses, and 18-wheelers anxious to get around us, but we did OK. We stopped at Four Corners Monument, which is where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet – all at one point. We have dinner at a restaurant/brewery in Cortez and then on to our campground for three nights. Weather: High, 85, Low, 52 Campground: Sundance RV Park, Cortez, Colorado

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Barb's Retirement

Jun 21, 2014 - Four Corners

Cortez, CO This was mostly a travel day. We did have small adventure at a gas station. As Jim was pumping gas on one side of the island, gas started pouring out the other. Jim hurried inside and told the clerk to use the emergency shut off. She did not have a clue where it was. Jim, the hero, jiggled the nozzle until the gas stopped. After getting gas elsewhere, we then drove to Cortez and went out of town to Creations from Mufflers. There are hundreds of characters made out of mufflers and other scrap metal. It is quite a collection. Jim,...

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Rail Days 2014

Jun 18, 2014 - Hovenweep N.M. to Cortez, CO

Wednesday, 18-June – Hovenweep National Monument to Cortez KOA Trip miles: 48 miles Route taken: Hovenweep Rd (CR-212) N → CO Rd 413 S -> CO Rd 401 W -> CO Rd 402 W -> Rd G W -> US-160 E Average Gas mileage: 27.9 mpg Weather: warm (68F) in the morning, warmer (80F) with gusts and breezes in the afternoon Elevation: 5200ft -> 6200ft Highlights: - discovering Canyons of the Ancients' Sand Canyon Trailhead on Rd G - attending a Cultural Center performance of Ute dances - attending a talk by Sam Sandoval, one of the remaining Navajo Code...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Cortez, Colorado

We were really late leaving on our annual summer trip due to the impending birth of a great-granddaughter, my first; Marvin already has a beautiful great-granddaughter. Rose Madison Garvey was due on May 27 but elected to do things on her own schedule and wasn’t born until June 4. She, of course, was well worth the wait. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces has dark eyes and a shock of black hair. If she’s awake her eyes are wide open looking at all the strange faces that are constantly hovering over her. She has great parents and...

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May 3, 2014 - Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument Wikipedia Some additional sites on the Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People. Canyon of the Ancients Canyon of the Ancients Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People...

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May 3, 2014 - Lowry Pueblo Ruins

Lowry Pueblo Ruins Wikipedia Some additional sites on the Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People. Canyon of the Ancients Canyon of the Ancients Anasazi and Ancient Pueblo People...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Cozy Cortez Colorado

After Monument Valley, all that was left to complete the trifecta of my bucket list was Mesa Verde National Park. This was the place I was anticipating most and we would finally get there. When I first planned this trip, my intention was to stay in the campground right inside the park. I figured that would give us opportunities to visit any area of the park any time of day. But then we managed to plan a rendezvous with dear friends Bev and J.C. Webber. They suggested La Mesa RV Park in nearby Cortez. I thought maybe that was a better idea,...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Cortez, Colorado

It was mostly cloudy and cool during our move from Montrose to Cortez on Friday September 13th. We departed Montrose at 8:45 am and arrived in Cortez at 12:15 pm. Of the two main routes, we decided to go via Dallas Divide (8,983 ft) and Lizard Head Pass (10,222 ft) rather than going over Red Mountain Pass (11,018 ft), Molas Pass (10,910 ft), and Coal Bank Pass (10,640 ft) through Durango. In addition to fewer passes with lower elevations the Lizard Head route is 15 miles shorter (135 miles vs. 150 miles). Both routes have excellent scenic...

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