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Sep 16, 2013 - Exploring Telluride

Another picturesque day on the road. Had a wonderful time exploring Telluride and tried to envision the town and the mountain covered with snow. Once again I was wishing for 4 wheel drive as I drove the wet dirt road back to Bridal Veil Falls - potholes everywhere. Precariously perched ( or at least it looked that way) next to the falls is a white building - a renovated 1907 generator that provides hydroelectric power to Telluride. The gondola ride to the top of the mountain is free ( donations accepted) . From there you have a choice of...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Cortez, Colorado (Shiprock)

We spent two nights in Cortez, Colorado. The weather looked like it was going to cooperate on Sunday so Harold and I headed south to check out Shiprock – the peak - not the town. If you have a Jeep or a high clearance vehicle you can drive right up to the base. We were able to drive about three fourths of the way around. Your views were constantly changing. Enjoy the pictures. We head to Creede, Colorado on Monday where we will spend six nights and then we will head for home. Info on Shiprock is below Ron and Carmen Shiprock (Navajo: Tsé...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Cortez, Colorado

Shiprock (Navajo: Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock"[4]) is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, USA. It has a peak elevation of 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level. We spent several hours today driving Ron's Jeep to and exploring this magnificent rock and the surrounding area. The access is best done with a jeep or other high clearance vehicle. The pictures I posted represent several angles and views and include several views of the...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Around Delores River Camp

Sept 4 - 7 We put a hummingbird feeder attached to the side window of our camper where we noticed a lot of Hummers flying around. It take long to have a new friend or several visiting daily. I'm not sure these little guys migrate but I think so. I just don't know when or where they go for the winter. The town of Delores is old and most of the buildings are still in use for a variety of things. The old Mercantile store is like an flee mart/gift shop etc. Of course the most frequented store is the local grocery who now carries Olathe sweet...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Four Corners

Sept 3 It's about an hour drive from Delores to the Ute Mountains and the Indian Reservation to the Four Corner Monument. The Four Corners is where you can stand in four states at the same time. This monument is the only location in the United States where four states (Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico)come together at a single point. Even at this time of the year, when kids are back in school we waited in a line to reach the four corners monument to take pictures. Driving through this country it's amazing to think of all that has...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Delores River, Colorado

Aug 31 - PIG ROAST for LABOR DAY CELEBRATION Ed was all eyes and ears when he saw the BBQ truck rolled into the RV Park. Billy (campground owner) and his 5 year old son Bridger bring the pig to the BBQ station. Bridger is all eyes and not sure about what he sees? It was quite a big process as it took several guys and gals, some workers, some supervisors to get that piggy ready for the hoist. After about 12 hours it was ready to come off the spit and looking mighty good too.

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Jul 2, 2013 - Cortez, CO - (Mesa Verde Nat'l Park)

We left at 8:00 this morning for Mesa Verde National Park again. We went on the 10:00 tour of the Cliff Palace. Our group met at the Cliff Palace overlook. The Cliff Palace itself was pretty interesting. To get back up to the parking lot, we had to climb up some narrow rock stairs and then up a ladder. It was pretty fun. That tour took about an hour. Our tour of the Balcony House started at 12:00. It was getting pretty warm by now. We had to walk down 120 feet; a combination of metal stairs, rock stairs and a paved pathway. The Balcony...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Cortez, Colorado

This will be our last update from Cortez. We have enjoyed this area much and will definitely return. Tomorrow we will be driving to Rigdway, Colorado. It is only about 10 miles from Ouray. We had hoped to find the perfect spot in Ouray, but most of the monthly sites were already taken. We are looking forward to the beautiful drive tomorrow. Check back later for more from Colorado.

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Jul 1, 2013 - Gunnison to Cortez, CO

We only had 2 passes to go over today: the first was only 8,875 feet and the second one was 10,222 feet. We saw something we’ve never seen before; a class-A motorhome pulling a travel trailer! I wondered if the travel trailer was maybe for the grandkids. We passed through some more gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountain country! After setting up in Cortez, we went to Mesa Verde National Park. The park entrance is 10 miles from Cortez and then it’s another 20-29 miles to any of the cliff dwellings. We watched a short movie about the Indians that...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park was created in 1906 to preserve the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Puebloans, both atop the mesas and in the cliff dwellings below. It was very interesting touring the Cliff Palace 100 feet below the mesa top, climbing down stairs and ladders - a little exhausting on a very hot day!

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Jun 2, 2013 - Cortez, Colorado

We are in the beautiful town of Cortez, Colorado. We will be using this town for all our shopping needs as a base town while we do more exploring in the area. The southwestern Colorado town of Cortez is an archaeological center of America. It is located between the entrance to world-famous Mesa Verde National Park and the fascinating Ute Mountain Tribal Park. We will definitely be visiting Mesa Verde National Park soon. Cortez is also only 39 miles from the famous Four Corners (where the borders of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico...

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May 20, 2013 - Canyons of the Ancients & Cortez

Heading for Cortez, Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients, Hovenweep, Yucca House, and Mesa Verde. It is sunny with wispy clouds, it has gotten cooler with rain off and on. I even turned the heater on for awhile this morning. Rolling hills quickly turn to rocky bluffs as we climb out of town, at 6600 you are on a mesa. Blanding is at 6000. Rounded mountains with patches of snow are off in the distance. We top out at 7300’. In Monticello we take a right onto US491 and head for Delores and Cortez. In Delores we stop at the Anasazi Heritage...

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