Durango, Colorado

February 11, 2014

We are parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort of which we are members. It’s about 20 miles east of Palm Springs, California. We will depart from here on February 19th. The resort is set on 25 acres and has 805 tall date palm trees.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 80 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 79 degrees.

It was a day for a nice walk and lots of reading. Mary visited her friend.

A more relaxed mode..

After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, we have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months we will be traveling through areas previously explored. Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango,_Colorado

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!  

Durango, Colorado

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

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http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 60 miles from Durango, Colorado to the Cottonwood Campground at Navajo Lake State Park at Navajo Dam, New Mexico.

Along the way, we stopped at the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, New Mexico. You can read all about this place by clicking these two links
http://www.nps.gov/azru/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_Ruins_National_Monument

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

To see the other 58 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/AztecRuinsNationalMonumentAztecNewMexico

Photographing ancient ruins is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Rest is the word for healing, but we haven’t been resting.  We both felt like we needed a restful day instead of moving on.  Besides, I’ve become intrigued with Durango and wanted to see more of this town, so we stayed an extra day.

For starters, it ought to win a prize for clever names.  No Way Jose’s is a Mexican Restaurant. Oohs & Aahs is a home furnishings place, The Irish Embassy Pub, (not knocking the Irish) but it is customary for the Irish to do business in their pubs. Nobodys Inn, cute. And, I didn’t wander off the Main St. of Old Town. I’m sure there are more clever names.   I found Diane West’s Gallery from the list Amanda Nichols gave me on Monday.

Lamenting the lack of handwritten letters,  artist, Alexis Mc Clean sent out 40 letters to people  asking them to write a note, a poem or a drawing and send them to her.  This is the result:

A full wall display of 12 small pieces of her art from the heart with a copy of a letter in between each set of three.

She made notebooks of her art and just snippets of the handwriting,  on the covers for something very endearing. She hung the original letters on  clothes lines with clothes pins.

Diane likes to encourage young artists and this and several other bicycle pieces appealed to me.

Something for everyone here,  affordably priced fine arts,  from abstracts to jewelry.  The blocks with rolled rice paper and blossom vases I found clever and appealing.

Moving up the street I saw a beautiful door. But I smelled the place before I ever saw the door.

Heavenly. I practically swooned at Dancing Willow Herbs. And there is a Chinese Pharmacy across the street. In fact, it had a sign on the door, “Be back at 1:30.”  That small town touch where the owner can leave a note and go off to have  lunch.

& Gallery also had a similar note on the door. It’s a studio gallery, an incubator for ideas. You can visit artists while they are working. I caught a couple pictures through the window.

All local artists here.  Elizabeth Kiniahan’s  Poppies.

Rosie Carter did three  pieces like this one. She is from Montezuma, Co.

Did I mention this is a bike friendly town?

I’ve never seen an embedded sidewalk sign that encourages bikers and skate boarders to dismount before crossing busy streets.  There are bikes everywhere in this city. And bike shops, bike repair shops. Biking is really big.

This bike is actually a sign for the Carter Brewing Company. The website for Durango gives tourist information about rafting, skiing, the steam train, the area attractions nearby, fishing and so on, but very little about the strong arts community here. It is astounding that a city with  a population of around 16,000 people  has multiple bike shops,  three micro breweries, two herbal places and quality fine arts.

A mural on the side of the old 1992 building that houses the El Rancho Tavern and Century Hotel is of Jack Dempsey. We didn’t know he was a local.

We took a peek into the tavern.

Again, that homey touch.  You can sit around and play Klackers, an old 1800’s game;  or enjoy sports TV or play pool.

Many restaurants, from a 1950’s style counter luncheon to fancy restaurants and everything in between.  You can find Sushi, Thai, Indian, Mexican and I didn’t even look in the phone book.

Bob and Lori Curtis of the Rain Dance Gallery handle Rance Hood’s work. He is the most famous Native American Artist still working images of traditional Indian culture and spirituality of the past. He is Comanche and this particular painting is a political statement: It is the Palo Duro Holocaust.  In his words: “…the white soldiers came looking to kill the Comanches and they went to the Palo Duro Canyon..they found and burned our camps and killed over 2,000 of our horses.”

This is another Rance Hood canvas.  These pieces are huge by the way.

Rain Dance Gallery is totally South West art.

I loved the painted and decorated western hats here.

I couldn’t begin to see every gallery with the limited time I had, but the Open Shutter has photographs and a few ceramic pieces. Photos old and new, classical and modern. Prices range from $25 to $50,000.  Brandon Donahue is the manager and they handle work from the famous National Geographic photographer Steven Mc Curry and an  impressive list of well knowns. I think what I’ve learned about Durango, from looking and talking to people is that it is a transfer Community.  You can enjoy the same amenities you get in world-class cities, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland.  Then transfer to the peace and friendliness of a small town, and you have Durango.  I was totally impressed. I visited more places and hope to include them in my blog tomorrow.

 

After a very full day, the day before yesterday…riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton and back…we were really weary yesterday. We were supposed to move on…but decided to linger and rest some more before hitting the road once again. Besides…Mary had not yet seen all the remaining art galleries here in Durango. So, that’s what we did yesterday.

Now, I’m not really in to art galleries per se, but I walked along with Mary just to keep her company. Along the way, I just took some photos of whatever caught my eye.

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/ExtraDayInDurangoColorado

Having fun with a camera every day is another joy in the full-time RVing lifestyle!

Today we will once again be back on the road.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

With the motorhome parked at American Legion Post #28 in downtown Durango…we walked the six blocks and boarded the train for a 9:15 AM departure. It’s 45.2 miles to Silverton. To read about Silverton, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverton,_Colorado

The elevation in Durango is at 6,512 feet and in Silverton 9,308 feet…a gain of  2,796 feet. With a maximum grade of 4%, it took us 3.5 hours to reach Silverton…going uphill. We enjoyed a two-hour lunch break and walk-around time in Silverton after which we started downhill  and returned to Durango in 3.5 hours.

Here’s an illustration on the route map…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

You can read about the route by clicking this link…
http://www.durangotrain.com/ride-us/-route

To read all about the history of this railroad, click these links…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango_%26_Silverton_Narrow_Gauge_Railroad

http://www.durangotrain.com/history

To read about the Historical Narration Journey that we took, click this link…
http://www.durangotrain.com/ride-us/deluxe-class/historical-narration-journey

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

To see the other 70 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/DurangoSilvertonNarrowGaugeRailroadColorado

Seven hours on a train made for a long day…but the scenery made it all worthwhile.

Enjoying beautiful nature scenery is yet another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Durango, Colorado

June 12, 2012

We arrived in Durango, Colorado about noon yesterday. We are thankful for the generosity of American Legion Post #28 for allowing us to park in their small parking lot in downtown Durango.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

To read all about Durango, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango,_Colorado

We walked along Main Avenue for about three hours seeing the sights. Among the places we stopped to see were the Strater Hotel, General Palmer Hotel,  railroad depot and railroad museum.

Here are some photos that I took…

To see the other 45 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/DurangoColorado

As we wandered around, we could see why people would like living here…It’s a really neat place. However, the primary purpose in our visit is to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton which is 45.2 miles and back…which we will do today and tell you about tomorrow.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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