The most perfect campsite is secured early Friday morn with absolutely no hassle! We leave the rally early enough to run 5 miles up the mountain to dump and return back to the nearby forest campground of Haviland Lake. Uh, oh! Another egg camper is parked right in front of registration, hoping to get one of the few sites open on a Friday.
But it’s one of the full timers that we camped with during the rally. The camp host says there is a premium electric, lake view, double site coming open and we grab it!
Camping with electricity is an unexpected luxury. Very grateful that we are easing into this new world of Colorado mountain camping.
Diane, our new camp mate, helps me back into the site. (It’s nice to get directions from another woman….she seems to know how to help me maneuver the wheel.)
We set up the baby Clam between our trailers and it becomes our new hangout. My solar powered butterflies soon decorate the ceiling.
Sylvester is enjoying the new quiet…away from the multitude of dogs at the rally. He meets and tolerates Houdi, Diane’s beautiful cat…..which I neglect to photograph!
David and I decide to ride up the mountain to Silverton. He keeps bumping and running into things and his blood thinner keeps him bleeding. During the rally a retired RN gave me lessons in wrapping bandages. It is time to buy more first aid supplies.
The narrow gauge rail train arrives from Durango to Silverton. We keep thinking about taking the trip…maybe soon?
David enjoying the view.
Diane and I decide to take a little hike to a nearby lake. It is the first real exercise my body has experienced since arriving at 8,000 feet. I am huffing and puffing at every little rise. So sad!
The lakes are lovely…but it’s difficult to get the right shot.
The days are warm, the nights are nice and cool. We get a few showers but mostly it’s sunny….highs in the mid 80’s. This is the sun part of this post.
We stay four nights at Lake Haviland….just unable to part with such a great camp.
Tuesday we say our goodbyes and head toward Pagosa Springs. A friend has emailed us and invited us to an impromptu gathering on his lot in the mountains. Four trailers are there to greet us as we arrive late in the afternoon.
We have one pretty day before the monsoon rains begin.
We spend our time exploring and visiting with friends……think I just said that about the last campsite!
Pagosa Springs is known for it’s hot springs….going for a dip is on our to do list.
We watch kids surf the San Juan River at the Visitors’ Center.
Our group decides to attend a barbeque at the Parelli Ranch.
It starts raining hard just as we arrive (and continues off and on for the next three days). But we are in a huge enclosure with room for eating and watching a horse show at the same time. There’s also live music….excellent entertainment!
This ranch is the world wide headquarters of the Parelli School of Natural Horse training. It’s fascinating to hear about their techniques. The horses follow their trainers around like pets with no bridles or gear.
We are content at the moment. No current thoughts of heading home soon. If it gets hot again, we plan to head higher into the mountains.