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La Plata County

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  • Day11

    Von Bullfrog nach Durango

    September 20 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Der Tag hat heute mit einem sehr leckeren Frühstück auf der Hotel-Terrasse begonnen 😊
    Dafür haben wir uns extra genug Zeit genommen um diesen tollen Ausblick im Morgenlicht zu genießen 😍

    Um 9:00 Uhr ist dann die erste Fähre nach Halls Crossing gefahren. Der Fährbetrieb arbeitet nach dem Prinzip „First come, first served “ und fährt alle 2 Stunden 😊 Die Überfahrt dauert ca. 30 Minuten.
    Wir wollten unbedingt auf die erste Fähre kommen ☺️ und sind deshalb pünktlich um 8:30 Uhr an der Anlegestelle gestanden.

    Außer uns war dann nur noch ein Harleyfahrer auf der Fähre, sonst niemand 😂

    Auf der anderen Seite des Lake Powell angekommen sind wir dann in Richtung Durango gestartet.
    Irgendwann hat uns das Navi aber dann einen Streich gespielt und uns auf eine Straße geschickt die zunächst „nur“ einige Schlaglöcher hatte und ziemlich uneben war. 🤷‍♀️ Nach ein paar weiteren Meilen standen wir dann aber plötzlich auf einer unbefestigten, geschotterte Dirtroad 🙈
    Didi wollte eigentlich noch ein paar Meilen weiter fahren um zu schauen wie es weiter geht 😳
    Mir war das dann aber doch zu viel Adventure 😅

    So entschieden wir wieder ein ganzes Stück zurück zu fahren um unsere Reise auf einem normalen Highway fortzusetzen 😂 so what 😅

    Je näher wir nach Durango gekommen sind, desto mehr wichen die roten Felsen einer grünen Landschaft.
    Auch die Temperaturen sind in den Bergen gleich mal um 10 Grad zurück gegangen 😅
    Wir haben trotzdem noch angenehme 22 Grad und Sonne ☀️ perfekt ☺️
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  • Day24

    Steamworks Brewery Colorado

    August 21 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Staying the night in Durango & just had the best dinner including chocolate brownie done in stout beer with ice-cream & bacon bits on it. Never thought I'd like it. Good trip across from New Mexico with plenty of laughs... mostly at our expense when the people in the gas stations hear us talk! 🤣

  • Day11

    Durango

    September 20 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Wir sind jetzt im Bundesstaat Colorado ☺️ Die historisch Stadt Durango liegt auf einer Höhe von 1.985m, in einem engen Tal umgeben von den San Juan Mountains und verwandelt sich im Winter in ein Skigebiet.

    Wir sind nach dem Einchecken in das Econo Lodge noch ganz schnell zum Harley Händler geflitzt.😊
    Es ist schon ein kleiner Tick geworden, dass wir uns von jeder Stadt in der wir übernachten ein Harley T-Shirt mitbringen wollen 🙈

    In diesem Fall bringe ich keins von Durango mit 🤷‍♀️ war leider nichts dabei für mich.

    Anschließend sind wir von unserer Unterkunft aus in das historische und wirklich total schöne Zentrum von Durango gelaufen ☺️

    In einer alten Brauerei mit dem Namen „Steamworks Brewing“ waren wir dann noch gemütlich essen und lassen jetzt den Tag wieder bei einem guten Gläschen Wein ausklingen 😎
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  • Day32

    A day in Durango

    September 17 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We began our day with breakfast at Jean-Pierre’s whose catch phrase is, “the FRENCH French baker since 1969.” The setting was beautiful (wood antiques, French paintings on the wall), the food delicious, and the waiters did double duty in off moments playing selections on the grand piano in the front window.

    We then moseyed up and down the main street, wandering into jewelry shops, art galleries and some excellent Native American traditional arts galleries. We passed a sporting goods store with a prominent front window display of aerosol cans containing OXYGEN. Apparently Gordon thought I was kidding when I suggested getting a couple. FINE. See if I care when one of us has to be dragged, blue in the face, to Urgent Care.

    As it was at least a half hour since our full French breakfasts, we popped into the local Animas Chocolate factory. We were able to view the chocolatier at work making chocolate toffee bark, and then sampled the wares with a couple of espresso sized hot chocolates smothered in whipped cream. Between bouts of licking his whipped cream mustache, Gordon engaged our guide and barista in a lively discussion of all the places both had lived. Heather managed to get a word in edgewise, telling the young man that we shared West Bend, Wisconsin as our birthplace.

    Our parking meter was annoyingly running out, so we hopped in the car to find the Pinkerton Hot Springs north of town. While we were admiring the single, but beautiful formation, a young man pulling a lawn care trailer asked us if we were familiar with the area. Following his helpful suggestion, we went a little further up the road to see Bakers Bridge. This is apparently where they filmed some scenes from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, including the iconic leap from the cliff. Amazing how they could stretch the scenery even before CGI. After a bit of searching, it appears they made the leap at Baker’s Bridge, but landing into the river was filmed elsewhere.
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  • Day8

    Just entered Colorado

    August 24 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    The countryside is changing to having a background of high mountains. But what really caught our I was a sign at a ranch road that said “Limousine Ranch”. We are trying to figure out how they herd the limousines. Cowboys on horses? Chevrolet Broncos? But the ranch went by so fast that we did not see, and will probably never know.Read more

  • Day77

    Day 77 - Actually Really Good Day

    November 23, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 30 °F

    Durango is a fairly small city and has a pleasant and relaxed feel to it. It is busy in the summer as temperatures are not too extreme and in the winter local skiing resorts ensure that as long as there's snow, there will be visitors. Our motel owners, Nigel and Tammy, were incredibly friendly and welcoming and told us all about the area in general and activities to do.

    We actually had plans for the morning and afternoon, and that involved getting on board a steam train. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway has run continuously since 1881 and although it is now a tourist and heritage line hauling passengers, it is one of the few places in the U.S. which has seen continuous use of steam locomotives. Enough with the facts, on with the journey. We left bang on time and the train slowly started to gain momentum as it pulled out of the station and made its way to the mountains. There was a number of families around us who in typically American fashion began conversing with each other in a matter of minutes and before long were swapping stories and histories. Alice and I were mainly spectators and joined in a few conversations but we were pleased to sit back and admire the view. The train progressed very slowly and the views on either side of the train increased in drama and beauty. At times we slowly crept over bridges where some passengers were too afraid to take photos. It took two hours to reach our destination, Cascade Canyon, which consisted of a cabin hidden in the mountains, surrounded by a river on one side and a mass of trees and a rising mountain side on the other. We had under an hour to wander around or eat our lunches in a covered area with a log fire. Alice and I had both ordered the sandwich box from the concession carriage which contained a sandwich, sweet potato chips, a cookie and an apple. A topic of conversation heading to the canyon was the incredible value of a refillable cup of soda for eight dollars and on the journey back our fellow passengers were initially skeptical about the unbranded chips, but there seemed to be a unanimous reversal of opinion as they were now deemed actually really good once eaten. Alice and I agreed on both these points but we didn't opt for the refillable drink.

    On the journey back some of us noticed an eccentric looking woman waving a stick of ribbons as we passed her near the lower ground after Canyon Creek. About twenty minutes later, there she was again, enthusiastically waving her stick of ribbons and we all began to laugh as we realised that she must have driven up ahead of us to wave again. Then one of the passengers spotted her again, this time in her car as she passed us on a parallel highway. Yet again further up the line there she was waving away with a wide smile on her face. She changed the side of the train on which to wave this time, adding some variety to the exercise at least. Some of us laughed in a head shaking kind of way, whilst others stuck their hands out of their window to clap at her dedication to the cause of waving at a steam train. I think she was spotted another two times until we reached Durango. And of course she was there at the platform on arrival. I'm sure she was disappointed that today's journey was at an end, although there is always the next day's service.

    The journey and experience of the whole trip was memorable. It was long as well and by the time we left the train station it was already late afternoon. We had a look at the shops around downtown and admired the picturesque setting of large mountains as the backdrop. We were getting tired by now and decided to head back to the motel, have a rest and then go for a quick and easy dinner. We went to Dennys which was just what we were after. A quiet diner setting at night with attentive staff and comforting food was another reminder that we were still in the U.S. Having been here for so long, it is easy to get complacent and forget how amazing this whole experience has been. With that in mind, we both relaxed in our booth seats and talked over our day's adventure.

    Song of the Day:
    Bob Marley and the Wailers - Stop That Train
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  • Day78

    Day 78 - Giving Thanks

    November 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

    Happy Thanksgiving! More or less everything would be closed today and so we had very few plans outside of lunch.

    We woke up and started watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With us being in a different time zone to the parade we got our timings mixed up and only caught the end. Handily, on another channel it was starting again with a time delay. There were lots of floats, including one with a sinister looking Ronald McDonald floating in a static crawling motion. The one thing more sinister than a huge leering Ronald McDonald was someone dressed as Ronald McDonald waving to the crowd in the back of a large red shoe. Yes, I find clowns sinister. I'd say my favourite float was the large turkey and Alice's was Pikachu. Then there were the floats with famous and maybe famous but I don't know them singers, all singing different songs as they pulled up outside Macy's with the word love prominently featuring in the lyrics. It looked cold but everyone was happy. Then there were the marching bands which I enjoyed the most. Dancing in the cold whilst playing and carrying a heavy brass instrument is no mean feat. I'm guessing. And just as we were getting into the parade, the TV station suddenly switched the feed to skijoring! No that's not a spelling mistake, skijoring is 'a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle' (Wikipedia). We must have been watching the parade on a local TV station as the skijoring was taking place in Colorado. It looked pretty cool actually but the disappointment in not being able to watch the middle of the parade, as we had by now watched the end and the beginning was a shame. Ah well.

    On arrival at the motel yesterday it was suggested to us by the owner to walk to downtown by following the Animus River. We took them up on that suggestion and left with an hour to spare before lunch. It was a fantastic suggestion and we took our time taking photos and reading the small number of information boards along the way. The few people that we saw all greeted us with Happy Thanksgiving and we duly replied. We reached our lunch reservation with time to spare and of course, it was turkey. It was a buffet and Alice and I were both impressed with the selection on offer. We had the turkey and beef with all the trimmings. Alice really liked the cheesy mash, just regular mash for me. It was all really nice but the fresh cranberry sauce really stood out. So that's how good cranberry sauce can taste! We had one of the numerous desserts on offer whilst we continued to sip our seasonal wine which contained cinnamon and orange peel. Bursting at the seams, we left the restaurant and visited the only shop in downtown that was open before slowly making our way back along the river again. Back at the motel, we got into elasticated pants (not the same one btw) and gorged on Thanksgiving TV and Movies.

    Song of the Day:
    Boyz II Men - Thank You
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  • Day4

    Hopi perspective [Hovenweep]

    April 2, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Today we visited two more of the Hovenweep pueblos-- Hackberry and Horseshoe. While these are certainly impressive strctures the highlight of the hike was chatting with a Hopi Indian who does stabilization work for the Park Service. He took us behind the barrier chains and talked about how NPS hires Native Americans to use modern materials (an acrylic resin) to stabilize their ancestor's pueblos. Herschel said his people have mixed feelings about intervening in how nature returns these structures to the Earth. But he personally thinks it's a good thing that future visitors will be able to appreciate the work of his ancestors. He also showed us pictographs, a spring seep and structures not accessible to the public. A real treat.Read more

  • Day14

    Target Tree Campground

    May 31 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nachdem wir jetzt hoffentlich die größten Berge hinter uns gelassen haben, sind wir auf dem Campground der Target Tree National Forest Recreation Area eingecheckt. Heute gibt's auch endlich mal wieder ein Campfire 🔥🔥🔥

  • Day10

    Durango

    April 2, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    Boy I cocked up only booking one night here - the most amazing massive log cabin located on its own lake with huge open fires in the living room and bedroom . We make the most of our one night here and stay up late setting fire to things and drinking local beer !

You might also know this place by the following names:

La Plata County, مقاطعة لا بلاتا, Ла Плата, লা প্লাটা কাউন্টি, Condado de La Plata, La Plata maakond, La Plata konderria, شهرستان لا پلاتا، کلرادو, Comté de La Plata, La Plata megye, Լա Պլատա շրջան, Contea di La Plata, ラプラタ郡, La Plata Kūn, Hrabstwo La Plata, لا پلاٹا کاؤنٹی, Comitatul La Plata, Ла-Плата, Округ Ла Плата, لا پلاٹا کاؤنٹی، کولوراڈو, Quận La Plata, Condado han La Plata, 拉普拉塔縣

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