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The big ladder at Balcony House.

Returning to Mesa Verde 20ish Years Later

By     |    May 29, 2012
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I’m unsure now of the chronology of it, but somewhere between Wall Drug, the Corn Palace, and the Four Corners, we visited Mesa Verde on one of the road trips of my childhood. I also remember stopping to visit a friend of my parents in Newport Beach, California. They had their own copy machine, which made me think they lived in terrific wealth, but they lived in a duplex, which made me wonder […]

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A tour group in Cliff Palace.

The Palaces of Mesa Verde National Park

By     |    May 29, 2012
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I first visited Mesa Verde as a kid and I loved it. I wasn’t sure it would be worthwhile to return, but we’ve got the time and the campground has free showers, so we decided to go for it. Visiting a place as an adult that you loved as a child is almost always going to be rewarding. OK, maybe not if the place is Disneyland, but a return visit […]

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Engineer Mountain -- a big one.

Three Black & White Photos from North of Durango

By     |    May 25, 2012
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These are three of my favorite black and white pictures from the ones I snapped while driving from Durango to Silverton. Evidently I stopped taking pics in Silverton. Good thing Lisa was on the case.

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You can't leave town without having a drink at the Diamond Belle Saloon.

Durango, CO: My Favorite City. Ever.

By     |    May 25, 2012
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I first fell in love with Durango when we visited two and a half years ago on our honeymoon trip. It was my birthday, and we had that kind of epic, wonderful day that can set a place up for disappointment on return visits. This return visit didn’t disappoint, but it did throw me into a bit of an introspective funk. I was pretty sure I knew where I wanted […]

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Mountains on the way from Telluride to Dolores.

Driving Colorado’s San Juan Skyway and the “Million Dollar Highway” or Durango to Cortez the Long Way

By     |    May 25, 2012
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If you drive into Durango from the south, you’ll miss a good chuck of its awesomeness. We did just this in 2009, but we still fell in love with the city. This time, we went north along the San Juan Skyway and the “Million Dollar Highway” (US Route 550) to Silverton then onto Ouray before looping around in Ridgeway, visiting Telluride, and pushing to Cortez, CO. It’s a great drive. […]

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Durango Public Library, complete with views of people river rafting and fly fishing.

I DID know everything as a teenager, Durango is wonderful.

By     |    May 24, 2012
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As a teenager, I was into mountain biking, and the epicenter of the sport was in Durango. Ned Overend and John Tomac, the godfathers mountain biking, lived there. I wanted to live in Durango too. Or Moab (home of the Slickrock Trail, one of the most famous mountain bike trails on the planet). But then we visited Moab during our honeymoon road trip and realized it left something to be […]

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