Next stop, Durango, CO for two nights that turnes out to be one of our favorite stops so far! Durango is beautiful country, cool, crisp and just an amazing relief from the heat.
However, we still couldn’t escape being near wild fires that were burning just on the outside of town, though not as big and much more contained than the fire in Utah. One of my best old budies who lives in Durango was unfortunately busy fighting the blaze so ungortunately we didn’t get to hook up.
On July 2nd, we booked a raft & rail package that had us on the Animas River in the morning for 2 hours of class 1-3 rapids. We were a little worried how the kids would do but they loved it. We toured with Mountain Waters, our guide Michael was super knowledgeable about the river as well as the town of Durango, as well as other recommended rivers to raft. I will post pics once i get them off a CD, no selfies on the river!;)
We shuttled to Silverton, CO, an old mining town about 9k feet up.
Silverton was like walking back in time to the old west, but with no Clint Eastwood.
The train ride back was slow and scenic fillowing the Animas river for about 45 miles. Sometimes at river level sometimes 100s of feet up above the river.
So we departed the heat of Moab and headed south to Four Corners, also very hot unfortunately. Not quite what we expected, but with Breaking Bad in our hearts we, I, endured the 45 minute line in blazing sun while Carrie and the kids visited the native American arts and craft booths that surround the center. And we got our pics… you really dont need selfie sticks, just need to ask someone in line to take your pic in exchange for the same favor.
We are back in the heat, but this time in Moab, Utah. Its been around a 100 everyday, dipping into upper 70’s or so by late night.
Timing is everything around here, meaning, get it done before noon or you will fry in the heat! We got to Arches a little too late to complete our junior ranger badges, but we are heading back today to get it done, and of course see more of the over 2000 arches in the park.
Renting a jeep in Moab was a wise choice as there’d be nothing to do without it other than eat and drink. Not bad, but. Our first trail on the “easy” list kicked our butt. Hurrah Pass, A beautiful ride into the red cliffs of Moab but after an hour + of bumpy roads and looking straight down off cliffs right on the side of the vehicle. We made the pass but decided not to push through to Chicken Corners.
Today we took the rv warp speed ahead into Bryce Canyon, UT, and its spectacular hoodoos. For those interested, hoodoos are the tall cylinder-like rock formations that dominate the floor below the vistas as well as climbing up the canyon walls. The hoodoos are somewhat strange, sort of resembling something you might encounter if you were part of Captain Kirk’s landing party, or at least a giant pile of red and orange shaving cream piled 100’s of feet high. Either way they are a sight!
Lily achieved another junior ranger badge, way to go Lily, that makes 3! Jackson is pitching in climbing and talking with park squirrels. I didnt know all their names were either chips or squeeks.
After Bryce we hopped on one of the free park shuttles and headed off for an ATV tour! It was time to get dusty, and we did. I highly recommend an excursuon like this no matter where you are!
But nothing compares to the rush of heading towards your campsite that has a billowing smoke cloud from a 40,000 acre wildfire heding right at it!!! Actually not to worry, the fire is about 40 miles away and we will be long gone before it makes it this way.