Just when we thought we were through with the uncomfortably high elevations in Utah we encountered Colorado. While short-term visitors such as ourselves whine of headaches from just being in the valleys, Coloradans discuss which “Fourteen-er” they will ascend in the following climbing season. This is what locals call the peaks of 14,000 feet or more that the rest of us call the Rocky Mountains. Our entire time in Colorado was spent swilling Smart Water and pacing our exertions. But the weather was sunny and crisp, fall was in the air everywhere we went and the cottonwoods and aspens were brilliant on the mountain landscapes.
|Spruce House across from Museum in Mesa Verde
|Fall Colors on the Skyway
From Cortez we followed the San Juan Skyway, an All American Road, to Durango. We were disappointed to find Durango quite inaccessible for the RV. This bustling little town, perched on a hill, hosts many intact buildings in its historic downtown. Unfortunately there is no accommodation for large vehicle parking and we had to keep moving. We happily ended up in the hot mineral waters of Pagosa Springs (at the budget place, not the fancy one across the street) and enjoyed swims both evening and morning in the huge outdoor pool.
|Lucky the yak seemed to like the low notes on the fiddle
|Amazing playground in the backyard of Colorado Springs
Our last major encounter with Colorado civilization was lunch with Kathryn and Doug in the town of Pueblo. They say the city is booming mainly because of the legalization of marijuana and the proliferation of small businesses associated with it. Although we never encountered any indication, other than a few establishments with a green cross indication the availability of medical marijuana, we can certainly attest to the economic upsurge, especially from accounts in the local papers. Now we are in the southeastern corner of the state, headed for unknown adventures in Kansas, our 48th state to visit in an RV and the 50th state to visit overall. What does one do in Kansas?