June 4-18, 2015
We love being in Colorado. It’s just so darn beautiful here! We are hiking and exploring as much as we can (between all the rain and thunderstorms). Ohhhh, but when we get a few hours of sunshine, it is glorious! When I returned from my week in California, we headed to Ridgway State Park for a week. We stayed in the Dakota Terraces Loop, Site 20. We hiked a total of 15 miles around the park.
We drove to Ouray a couple of times to hike to the beautiful waterfalls there. On a cloudy day we did the short hike to Box Canyon Falls. Then returned on the next beautiful day to hike the 6.5 mile Perimeter Trail which climbs the mountain and encircles the town. A fun hike!
We avoided taking The Bear over the “million dollar highway” as we work our way toward Durango. That’s just too, too scary for me .. and dangerous. So we took Hwy 62 over to Hwy 145 and headed south to Cayton National Forest Service Campground (about 20 miles south of Telluride). Got a fantastic site (#17) for a week right on a roaring river. I loved listening to the rushing water.
Animals were regularly spotted. I usually wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get a shot before they would run away.
We made a number of trips into Telluride to walk around town, do some grocery shopping, check email (since we didn’t have wifi at the campground). On one visit, we took a 6 mile hike up to Bridal Veil Falls. It rained on us a little during the hike, but it was worth getting a little bit wet and the sun dried us out quickly after the shower. Then we got soaked again from the spray of the waterfall!
Near our campground, we took a 10-mile drive on a jeep road to reach the Navajo Lake Trailhead. It was a beautiful drive, but the trail was too muddy to hike, especially since we had Lucy with us. We started the hike, but turned around when it became apparent that it wasn’t going to get any better.
So we took another 45 minutes on the dirt road to drive back to the highway and head up to Lizard Head Wilderness Trail. We were about 2.5 miles into the wilderness when the sky opened up again! We turned around and hiked the now muddy trail, with stream crossings, while the rain drenched us for the next hour as we returned to the car. I wish I would have thought to take a picture of Lucy at the end of that hike! I wrapped her wet, muddy body in a towel and held her til we got back to the RV where she got a nice warm bath.
After our rainy week at Cayton, the weather cleared completely on the day we departed. We are now at the McPhee Reservoir National Forest Service Campground looking at 90 degree weather all this week. We’ll be exploring the Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument and Canyon of the Ancients.