FUN-travel: Mesmerizing Monument Valley, UT

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Iconic symbol of the American West…

…& sacred heart of the Navajo Nation…

…isolated deep red mesas and buttes…

…surrounded by empty…

…orange sandy desert.

  • 17 mile dirt road…

…criss-crosses through sculpted rock formations…

…soaring 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

  • Ancestral spirits infuse the rugged…

…disruptive landscape that feels foreign.

  • Our full moon…

…at the end our trip…

…was another portentous sign…

…like our full rainbow in Jackson Hole.

Sunset Serendipity Surprise…

…left the room…

…to see the sunset…

…and was blown away…

…by what I found…

…the chanting…

…dancing

…and meditative music…

…made for a truly memorable night!

FUN-fact – The majestic Monument Valley landscape has been the backdrop for more than sixteen movies.

FUN-travel: Heavenly Hovenweep, UT

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Remote & off the beaten path…

…spread over a 20 mile expanse…

…lie 6 separate prehistoric ruined Pueblo villages…

…beautifully & skillfully designed…

…multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims & balanced on boulders.

FUN-fact – Human habitation dates to over 10,000 years ago.

FUN-travel: Miraculous Mesa Verde, CO

June 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Dating from AD 550…

…for over 700 years…

…Ancestral Pueblo people made it their home.

  • Spanning across 40+ miles of roads…

…contains over 5000 archeological sites…

…& some of the most notable & best preserved in the US…

…including 600 cliff dwellings…

…mesa top sites of pit houses – pueblos – masonry towers & farming structures.

FUN-fact – After living primarily on the mesa top for 600 years, they began building structures under the overhanging cliffs of Mesa Verde—anything from one-room storage units—to villages of over 150 rooms.

More FF – In 1978, Mesa Verde National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

FUN-travel: Adorable Durango, CO

June 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Pretty hard not to get swept up in…

…“Bike Mania” a la Durango style…

…laid back & loads of FUN!

Wonderful Historic Downtown

…tons of dirt spread over 2 hilly downtown blocks…

…with wooden ramps…

…giving the riders more speed…

…& the audience more thrills & chills!

…that included a ramp taking riders up to the 2nd story rear patio…

…through the bar of Steamworks Brewery…

…& out the front window.

  • And for the Grand Finale…

…a full costume cruiser parade on Main Street!

  • Lovely, welcoming, unpretentious, & proud…

…is all we can say about Adorable Durangoians!

FUN-fact – The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic started as a contest between two brothers, Tom and Jim Mayer.  Jim, Tom’s older brother, was a train engineer on the iron horse. Every day when the train which Jim was conducting passed their home, Tom would jump on his 10 speed bike and pedal 50 miles over the two mountain passes in an effort to beat this brother.

More FF – Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year & completed in July 1882.

FUN-travel: Sweet Silverton, CO

June 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

  • Only 111 miles to drive today…

…& lollygagging was clearly the plan of the day…

…due to the…

Iron Horse Bike Race – 50 mile ride from Durango to Silverton…

1st Stop – Ouray, CO

…& our road closed until 1:30.

FUN-fact – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – constructed to haul silver & gold ore from Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains…passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.

More FF – This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.

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