Archive | July, 2012

Kayak Durango

Kayak Durango, Lower Animas River, CO

Brain navigating a rapid on the Lower Animas River, Durango, CO

There is a certain amount of self discovery that goes hand in hand with trying new things. Prior to setting out on our current journey we never really considered ourselves particularly adventurous. Now we know that most of our favorite activities, from ziplining in Massachusetts, to mountain biking down Pike’s Peak 14,000 foot summit, to spelunking in Kentucky (and BelizeNew Mexico, . . .), all require some form of head protection.

Why should whitewater kayaking be any different?

Read More…

All Aboard! Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

For 130 continuous years coal-fired steam engines have powered up the narrow gauge tracks that connect Durango, Colorado to Silverton. Originally constructed to haul workers to, and precious metals back from, gold and silver mines in the San Juan Mountains, the line now operates exclusively for the benefit of tourists.

Pulling restored 1880-era passenger cars, the locomotive winds along 45 miles of the Animas River as it climbs to Silverton’s 9,035 feet elevation. During its three-hour trip, the train clings to canyon walls, passes waterfalls, and gives views of 14,000 foot peaks that are often topped with year-round snow.

Is it any wonder the Society of American Travel Writers chose it as one of the World’s Top 10 Train Rides.

Mesa Verde an Ancient Metropolis

Tower House Mesa Verde National Park

Tower House Mesa Verde National Park

Some things never get old. Like the ancient cliff dwellings scattered throughout the American Southwest. We find them endlessly fascinating.

In previous posts we’ve likened the structures at Bandelier National Monument to ancient condos and those at Gila to primordial McMansions. Compared to those parks, Mesa Verde is an Ancestral Puebloan metropolis. The park’s 52,000 acres contain nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including a whopping 600 cliff dwellings.

Read More…

Photo of the Day: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, CO

Break the Rules. Go Home with Strangers

Custom Horse Saddle

Nelly’s handmade saddle

As often happens in life, good things start with a beer. That is, after all, how Shannon and I found ourselves on the back of Nelly, the very first horse either of us had ever ridden.

In retrospect, we didn’t really stand a chance. The Main Street Brewery in Cortez, Colorado, was walking distance from our campground. We find so few things in this country we can walk to that we always take notice of those we can. Boozy establishments that we don’t have to drive home from are especially rare and prized finds. So there never was a question of whether we’d pull up a bar stool at the brewery a few blocks from our door. It was really just a question of when.

Our timing couldn’t have been better.

Read More…

%d bloggers like this: