June 18-23, 2015
We camped at McPhee Reservoir in Dolores, Colorado for a week so we could explore the Canyon of the Ancients. The heat wave was just getting into full swing, so we tried to get started as early in the day as we could (which isn’t very early). We were able to get in some great hikes even though the heat was pretty brutal. A short, but very pretty hike in our campground took us to a view over McPhee Reservoir. We came upon a group of firefighters doing their calisthenics. Cute!
On another day we did a 9-mile hike called Boggy Draw Trail in Dolores. We were under a time constraint because we were scheduled for a ‘basement’ tour at the Anasazi Heritage Museum. So we did this hike without stopping for any breaks. Glad it wasn’t very difficult!
We joined a ‘basement’ tour at the Anasazi Heritage Museum. It was interesting to see how they catalog, file, inspect, research, preserve and store all the millions of artifacts at this museum.
We couldn’t resist the temptation of renting a kayak to get out on the water at McPhee Reservoir. So fun!!
We drove to Mesa Verde National Park a couple of times. The views are amazing! We enjoyed a picnic lunch at Park Point, which is the highest elevation at Mesa Verde and has a 360 degree view.We went back on another day and toured a number of the ruins, as well as hiking the Petroglyph Point Trail, for a total of 7 miles hiking.
We very much enjoyed our week at McPhee Reservoir, which included several happy hour gatherings with fellow campers (I didn’t get any still photos, as I was busy taking video of our entertaining group).
We are now settled in for a much anticipated month in Bayfield (near Durango) with a full calendar of events to enjoy. So …. Cheers!!