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.
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)
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!
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!
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.