Colorado Journals

Four Corners

A September 2010 trip to Colorado by aboutthatplace

Misty Mountain Morning Photo, Durango, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Scenic drives, waterfalls, honey wine, a herd of sheep and cliff dwellings all rolled into one trip. Oh, and one disappearing town in which only signs remain.

Day One

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Just over the Colorado border Photo, Colorado, United States
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A couple of weeks ago we explored the Rocky Mountains, and, at a friends suggestion, decided to also take in the scenery around the Durango and Vallecito Lake area. This time we had four full days, and the same two small dogs.The northward drive to Colorado from our Santa Fe home was spent mostly on the rolling route 84. It was a much more scenic option than the I-25 we traversed last time. And, just over the border we got our first glimpse of the craggy peaks and pine forests broken up by alpine meadows dotted with purple and white flowers.Looming overhead are unusual rock formations, one of the most bizarre being Chimney Rock, located within the San Juan National Forest an...Read More

Day Two

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Vallecito Lake Photo, Durango, Colorado
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We awoke to drizzle, which became rain quickly so we opted to take a drive around Vallecito Lake. Within a mile or two we were dismayed to discover that the pine beetles, which were destroying the Rockies, had also infested this area. To add to the problems, the lake had been reduced by a third. Large stretches of muck took up miles of shoreline and the marina was now stranded inland.Apparently, low water levels have plagued the lake for several years. In early 2008 three agencies partnered up with the idea to "seed" the clouds. Basically a minute amount of silver iodide is sprayed across a propane flame which helps the particles to rise into the clouds where it causes moisture to fre...Read More

Days Three and Four

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Are we in Scotland? Photo, Colorado, United States
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DAY THREEExhausted from the long drive of yesterday we decided to simply enjoy the lake. First, we sipped coffee from the deck with the mist rising into the tall pines as we read the news. Next, we plopped down with books on our deck, then lunch still overlooking the lake, and a walk next to the waters. Dinner was take-out from Schank House Bar & Grill (17460 County Road 501, Bayfield). Juliana’s grilled chicken salad was a delight, but my "broasted" chicken was fried well but bland. I fired up the laptop to begin my IgoUgo article, and opened the bottle of white Colorado wine, a Gewurztraminer from Cottonwood Cellars. Halfway through the article, and the ...Read More

Mesa Verde National Park

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Attraction | "Day Five"

Mesa Verde National Park Photo, Mesa Verde, Colorado
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Mesa VerdeIn the October 1999 issue of National Geographic, Mesa Verde placed on the list of "50 Places of a Lifetime". It has landed on several other lists of "must see" places since then. After visiting, I can see why. Mesa Verde is the granddaddy of cliff dwellings and a true world wonder. Period.Mesa Verde National Park is located in the southwest corner of Colorado, an hour’s drive from Cortez on Highway 160. On June 29th, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde as a national park. He wanted to "preserve the works of man." He was referring to the Ancestoral Pueblo people who built the cliff dwellings and lived in the area for 750 years (550 ACE - 130...Read More

Mesa Verde National Park
West Highway 160
Mesa Verde, Colorado 81330

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