We will live here someday

Good Vibrations in Colorado

Good Vibrations in Colorado

It just feels right.  Always has.  This beautiful corner of southwest Colorado.  Many years ago we bought 15 acres here with tall pine trees, a well, and a view that went on forever.  Our intention was to build on it someday as we looked to our retirement.  Somewhere along the way, we changed course.  We sold the land, bought a sailboat and set out to see the world when we retired.  And we loved every minute of it (except the storms).  Now that we are back on terra firma, our original warm fuzzy feelings for Durango have returned.  There is just something very special about this place.  We feel quite certain that we will return to this area in the future.  Maybe even plant some roots.

Driving the Million Dollar Hwy

Driving the Million Dollar Hwy

A Beautiful Drive to Silverton

A Beautiful Drive to Silverton

Overlooking Silverton

Overlooking Silverton

Remembering our 2007 lunch here with our grandkids!

Remembering our 2007 lunch here with our grandkids!

We had days and days of thunderstorms and heavy rain, dipping down to freezing a couple of times.  Several hail storms left us with ice on the ground in the morning.  This picture looks pretty, but the heavy rain resulted in flooding for some areas and some road damage.  (We still love it here)

Results of a hail storm the night before!

Lucy is wondering why we are making her stand on ice.  She doesn't appreciate the photo op.

Lucy is wondering why we are making her stand on ice. She doesn’t appreciate the photo op.

The cute little town of Pagosa Springs with all the stinky natural hot springs.

The cute little town of Pagosa Springs with many natural hot springs.

Love walking in Durango

Love walking in Durango

IMG_5588 Durango

Love hiking in Durango!

Love hiking in Durango!

Hiked to the top of Animas Mountain Trail

Hiked to the top of Animas Mountain Trail

The Animas River runs through Durango

The Animas River runs through Durango

Hiked the Horse Gulch Trail

Hiked the Horse Gulch Trail

Loved kicking back at our campsite at Vallecito Lake

Loved kicking back at our campsite at Vallecito Lake

The Bayfield Heritage Days Festival took place on our last weekend in town.   Over 2,000 sheep were trailed into town for the start of the parade, followed by a full day of music, food, local artisans, and a classic car show.  The day was capped off with the 4th of July fireworks show that didn’t take place on the 4th because of fire restrictions in effect at that time.  It was great!

Sheep trailing for the Heritage Days Festival

We got caught in the sheep trailing for the Heritage Days Festival

We were surrounded!

We were surrounded!

We actually drove through them, very slowly, but they did move out of the way when the car got right up to their rear ends.  It was such a hoot listening to 2,000 sheep baa’ing with the clanging of bells on many of them.  I took video with my window down to capture the full experience.  What fun!

We also shared the road with a bike race

We also shared the road with a bike race

Kiddy train at Heritage Days

Kiddy train at Bayfield Heritage Days

It was quite a show for such a little town!

It was quite a show for such a little town!

It's such a peaceful place

It’s such a peaceful place

The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is waiting for us.  So off we go.  The weather forecast is calling for some windy days this weekend.  Keeping our fingers crossed that the wind doesn’t cause any delays or cancellations.   Hopefully we will be able to see the morning balloon glow and mass ascension Saturday morning at the opening ceremony, the Twilight Twinkle balloon glow at dusk, and the post balloon glow fireworks show in the evening.

Cheers!

4 thoughts on “We will live here someday

  1. We love Colorado’s Western Slope and could see ourselves putting roots down as well. Although I think we’d op for Grand Junction….much, much milder winters. Enjoy the balloon festival. We are currently set up for the next three months in Phoenix. 🙂

  2. That must be fun sharing the road with the sheep and other parade goers. Beautiful Colorado has been calling us for sometime now but it has just to wait. That looks like a cute town, hmm we will also check it out if we can live there too.

  3. Having lived for a short time in Colorado and having spent time in Durango and the surrounding area, we could easily see ourselves there someday as well. Hope you enjoy the balloon festival in Albuquerque. I have been to the festival in Monument Valley.

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