Sunday, June 21, 2015

Leaving Denver

We were in Denver for a week visiting family.  While there I broke a tooth so we are headed back to Albuquerque to see my dentist.  Got the oil changed while we were in Denver, in the car and rv.

Ghost Girl getting all checked out.

The next few pictures were taken at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Yes, we are in oak tree country.

I had a birthday while in Denver and my cousin baked me a real cake and picked some roses from her garden and gave me a bottle of extra virgin olive oil.  We had a nice time in Denver even though it got a little warm.  Good thing we have 3 working air conditioners, rv, truck and car. 

Thank you for using my Amazon link to do your shopping.  ;)  


Birthday lavender and dancing flamingo (sent from a friend, the flamingo not the lavender).  Yes, it was warm in Denver.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Beautiful Arkansas River

We spent one night in Salida, Colorado right on the Arkansas River.  The next day our drive followed along the south side of the river.  The water level is high now because of spring rains and snow melt.

The Arkansas is popular with rafters.

It has cut the Arkansas River Canyon.

Look closely.

Do you see them?  Three big horned sheep, with tags.

We're back at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.  We love this state park because it is perched on the side of Cheyenne Mountain looking east towards Kansas.  It started raining just after we got here and it was so exciting to watch the lighting off in the distance and at one time it was pouring.  Both mom and I got weather alerts on our phones warning us of flash floods along the upper Arkansas River and that's where we were yesterday.  We are high and safe from flooding here.

Looking northeast out bedroom window.

Looking southeast.

I'll be back soon.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Day Trip from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO

There is a narrow gage train that runs from Durango, Colorado to Silverton.  It's an all day ride which is too much for mom so we drove to Silverton instead.  The drive is only an hour but we managed to stretch that 2 hour trip (up and back) into four hours.  Here we see the train crossing the road.  This is another train very much like the Skunk Train in Willits California where we are from.

Oh look a beaver pond.

Small alpine lake

Pinkerton Hot Springs

Look how tall the Dandelions are this year.

When we arrived in Silverton we found a deli and grabbed a sandwich and chips and drove down to the river and ate lunch.  I  was going to take a picture of the river but as we were eating, here came the train so I quickly turned the car around so we could wave to the riders and forgot to take the picture.  Oh well.  After lunch we drove around the area looking at houses and flowers in bloom before heading back to Durango.

We will head east tomorrow so will catch up with you later.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chama to Navajo Lake

We've spent the last week kicking around Northern New Mexico, going from one lake to another. We left Heron Lake yesterday and moved on to Navajo Lake State Park.  We passed through the Jicarilla (heek-ah-REE-ah) Indian Nation.  Tony Hillerman mentioned the Jicarilla many times in his books that take place in New Mexico and Arizona.

Jicarilla area of northern NM

Flowers in Chama, NM

Aspen in background haven't leafed out yet at this elevation, around 9,000'

I don't know what these are but they are growing all over at the higher elevations.  

Aspen trees leafing out at about 8,000'.

We stopped at a weaving studio and store and visited with a weaver working on this tapestry.

He's weaving a tapestry on a very nice four harness counter-balance loom. 
 Very much like the one I use to weave on.

Mom visiting with the weaver.

Navajo Lake, NM 

I have a new facebook page in conjunction to this blog.  I will be posting more pictures over there.

See you down the road.