It’s been about 28 hours since we pulled out of Santa Fe. In that time, we’ve been in three, no four, states and nothing much has gone according to plan. Maybe that’s why we don’t plan too much! The best way to describe it is with pictures:
We left Santa Fe in the late afternoon. We were going to head to Taos, NM but decided to move ahead to what was to be our next stop, Durango, CO. We figured we would move from the Southwest style so unique to New Mexico and go someplace a little more Old West in Colorado.
We had no idea how much snow fell last week in the mountains. We ended up driving some mountain roads with heavy snow accumulations. Mostly the road conditions were good, but as night fell I became concerned about ice and possible worse conditions in the higher mountain passes.
A missed turn resulted in us heading up a small local road in the dark. Experience has taught me that sometimes “wait for a spot to turn around” isn’t a real safe idea in a 31′ motorhome. I’m glad I listened to my gut and made a 6 or seven point turn in the road, because we found out the next day that we were headed way up a bad road with no place to turn around.
Anyway…we decided to stop for the night! We spent the night in the Visitors Center perking lot in Chama, New Mexico. We had a great time watching a movie before bed.
Turned out to be a good idea that we stopped. A few vehicles rolled over on the road in the night and there were still some being pulled out of the snow in the morning when we rolled safely and slowly by.
There were, like, a million people…they were everywhere!
The snow (tons and tons of snow) was melting all over the place and the whole thing looked like a giant snow cone had spilled on the whole town.
People were sliding, both pedestrian and vehicles, all over the place in this mess.
We realized that the ski mountain (our intended destination) was 30 miles uphill from the town.
Did I mention the million people?
So we came, we saw, we left!
In fairness to Durango, this is the busiest ski week of the year. We should have known better than to head to a big ski town. Durango looks great and I think it would be a great place to visit in the summer time.
We headed out of Durango toward the “four corners”. The one place in the US where four states meet at one point. It’s been high on my list for years and I was excited to head that way. Kim, on the other hand, has always failed to see the allure of this whole idea. So it’s always been a source of great joking and laughter for her, and today it only got better. But wait, there was a stop on the way…Mesa Verde National Park…the famous cliff dwellings.