Sunday, August 21, 2016

Day Trip: Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Alpin Rose RV Park,  Durango Colorado     H73  L51

Judy and I visited the small town of Pagosa Springs a couple of days ago.  Pagosa Springs is another of the many small tourist towns in southwestern Colorado.  It is only a hour drive from Durango and only 30 miles from the Continental Divide. There are many hot springs that contribute to high number of tourist that visit the area.  The area also offers a  wide variety of recreational opportunities including all forms of skiing, fishing, swimming, snow mobiling and relaxing in the hot springs.

pagosa springs 4      pagosa springs 5

Pagosa Sprigs 2

pagosa springs 6     Pagosa Sprigs 1

Next Friday we will be riding the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge train.

That is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Driving the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

Judy and I recently took a day to drive San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway loop. The drive is two hundred thirty six miles of magnificent beauty.  We started out in Durango and ended back there some nine hours later. The trip took us through Silverton, Ouray (U Ray), and Telluride. The scenery was fantastic from the time we left until we returned to Durango. The route from Silverton to Ouray was along part of the "Million Dollar Highway". Most of the snow was gone, except for some of the highest peaks. We will redrive it in the fall when the the fall colors and snow return.

Here are some pics (don’t forget to click to enlarge).

San Juan Mts 1     san juan scenic byway 1

million dollar hwy 5

million dollar hwy 4     million dollar hwy 1

silverton co 1

Telluride 1     Telluride 2

telluride 4

 

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Friday, July 15, 2016

South Dakota Black Hills Part 2

Alpen Rose RV Park, Durango, CO.   H89  L48

This is going to be more of a pictorial than most entries.  I am including a few pics of other points of interest in the Black Hills that Judy and I took in during our visit. Most motorcyclist rate this area as a must to ride and I am glad that I took the opportunity to ride the Black Hills back when I had my Harley Road King. I must admit that is was very rewarding touring the area in a car also. I recommend that if you have the chance to visit the area, take it!

Crazy Horse Memorial

Thanks to Phil and Rudee and Steve and Joan for making our visit to the memorial so enjoyable. You can checkout Steve and Joan’s blog by clicking here, Click.

CHorse 1     chorse 3

crazy-horse-memorial finish

CHorse Hoop 1   Chorse Hoop 2

Custer State Park Wildlife Loop

Wildlife Loop Road travels through 18 miles of open grasslands and pine-speckled hills that much of the park’s wildlife calls home. Depending on the day, you might see bison, pronghorn, whitetail and mule deer, elk, coyotes, burros, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks, and a variety of other birds. A medley of colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses surround the road, making for a picturesque drive.

custer-state-park-sd-wildlife-loop 3      Wildlife loop 1

custer wildlife loop 6

wildlife loop 5     custer wildlife loop 5

Needles and Norbeck Scenic By Ways

Two great drives whether you are driving a car or a motorcycle. To learn more Click here

  Needles HWY 1      Needles Hwy 2

norbeck hwy 2

Needles HWY 4     Norbeck HWY 1

 

The  visit back to the Black Hills, Judy and I hope it won’t be ten years before we get back.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

South Dakota Black Hills Pt. 1

Alpen Rose RV Park, Durango, CO.   H 84 L 55

Judy and I found ourselves with a 10 days off period so we took a little (800 miles) trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is very rare that workampers have that many days off in a row so we took advantage of it in a big way. I had last visited the area 10 years ago when I rode my Harley from GA to the Black Hills. Now that was  road trip.

We also were able to meet up with George and Laurie, fellow bloggers and RVers. They were workamping at a campground in Custer, SD. We last saw them in FL a few years ago.  Judy and I also caught up with former fulltime workampers Phil and Rudee. After working a few seasons at the “Crazy Horse Memorial” they took  year round positions at the memorial. Phil put us in contact with Steve and Joan who were working at the visitor center the day we visited the memorial.  I have been following their blog for a couple of years. Once we arrived at the memorial, Joan and Steve went to great lengths to make our visit to the memorial very special. Judy and I hope we have the opportunity to repay their kindness “down the road”.

Laurie and Me at Buffalo Ridge Campground  Laurie Me

We stayed in Hill City during our time in the Black Hills. It was a great base for visiting the sights in the area. Judy and I were able to get to most of the  “must see” attractions during our stay. Below is a few pics of our trip. It is almost impossible to fully capture the beauty and splendor in photos. I recommend a trip to the Black Hills be on RVers “must See” list.

Deadwood, SDClick here to read the history of Deadwood

Deadwood 1     Deadwood 2

Wild Bill (L)       Calamity Jane (R)

Deadwood 3     Deadwood 4

Wall Drug Store – I first visited Wall Drug ten years ago on my Harley road trip to Billings, Montana. Wall’s has been a favorite tourist stop for many years.

 

WallDug3     Wall drug 1

wall drug 2

Badlands National Park - Click here to learn more

badlands 1     badlands 5

Photo taken during Spring 2009 Artist-in-Residence in Badlands NP.     badlands 4a

Taken in 2006 during my last visit.  Badland SD 06

The next installment will include; Custer SP wildlife loop, Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Scenic byway and The Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Birthday Celebration 2016

Alpen Rose RV Park, Durango, CO.     H78  L49

Once again my birthday showed up right on time, just like it has for the past sixty six years. As usual Judy worked hard to put together a nice celebration. I don’t know how she can surprise me each year, but she does. She enlisted the help of all of the staff here at the park.

First thing that morning, we went to the park’s “Chuck Wagon breakfast”.  There I noticed posters with my first grade picture and the caption “Guess whose Birthday is today”.  I didn’t get off with just that though.  She also organized a karaoke party and pot luck that evening.  I can truly say that everyone had a great time especially me! Thanks to everyone who made this a BD to remember.

I am posting a lot more pics than normal.  Remember “click” on the pics to enlarge.

Mike, Marc, Hazel & Gina               Karen, Teresa & Sherry

BD 66 Mike Marc Hazel  Gina     Bd 66  Teresa Karen Sherry

Boss Bob serenading me                Jim (singing “GA on My Mind”

BD 66 Boss Bob seranade     BD 66 Jim Bob

Dancing to “GA On My Mind”      Boss Bob & Joan

BD 66 Our Dance     BD 66 Boss Bob Joan

Richard (Texas Boy) Teresa, Byron         Susan & Larry

BD 66 Ric Teresa Byron    BD 66 Larry Susan

 The Workamper Crew                      Teresa, Donna & Ken

BD 66 WK2    BD 66 Teresa Donna Ken

AJ & Bruce, me

BD66 AJ Bruce Jim M     Cake BD 66

BD 66 Jm

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