I am still in constant awe of the beauty surrounding us here in Dolores, Colorado. James came up with a WONDERFUL idea today and a great way to share with some of you why we love it here so much. We will be taking a video of the road that leads in and out of the RV Park and posting it on Facebook (you non-Facebookers have to get going) that way we can share the spectacular beauty out here with all of you.
Yesterday we did go to Mesa Verde National Park and did a Tram tour as well as a 2 mile hike. It was very beautiful and the Kiva Indian dwellings were an experience to see. Some dated back as far as 69 AD and others 1200 AD. Unfortunately, the Park was doing road construction on the only road in/out, so there were long lines and delays with that, but we still had a fun time.
Today, however, we really hit the hiking trail! This is the hiking I long for and love! Literally across the street from the RV Park is the trail head to Priest Gulch Trail; that particular trail is 7.5 miles ONE WAY, but there is a 5 mile loop that we decided to tackle and it took us three hours and over 3,000 feet high. We hiked through pine trees, up the side of a mountain, in and around Aspen Trees (my personal favorite) and hundreds of beautiful wild flowers! I took lots of pictures and will be posting later on! Of course, they don't even come close to capturing the magnificence of real thing.
After that long and difficult hike (trails are rated...easy, moderate, strenuous and this was most certainly strenuous/difficult), we were famished and remembered a little place in town (about 24 miles away) that sold hamburgers and OFF WE WENT! It was the best burger I think I have ever had! Could have been the fact that I was starving and my body desperately needed protein, but I think it also was just down right yummy!! We are now back at the RV resting...I don't think we will be doing much more today except maybe sitting by the fire!
We are hoping to stay another week here and driving up to Carbondale and the Rocky Mountain National Park area for a few days (leaving the RV...taking Sarai and The Nut). We aren't sure, as we need to find lodging, but we hope that will pan out for us. After that, we will hit Southern California.
We love and miss you all very much! THANK YOU for all of your comments on the blog and on Facebook...we read every single one of them...and all the emails! It is wonderful staying in touch with you all! God Bless!
Oh, I have to share this part of Scripture with you all, as it fits this area perfectly: "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12...and the Aspen trees literally clap!