As my faithful readers know, I hate interstate highways. Thus, I chose US-160 to take us through the mountains from the Grand Canyon to the Great Plains. During our drive we stumbled on the delightful mountain town of Durango. Given a perfect weather forecast, we decided to hang in Durango for an extra day which meant we had a full day to enjoy the area. Wow! And I repeat wow!
This morning Molly ran and I cycled. Midday we hiked together. This afternoon we took it easy and drove US #550 between Durango and Silverton through the Molas Pass.
Twas truly a fantastic day which was enhanced by staying at a great small motel owned and now 100% run by Nigel and Tammy, The Adventure Inn. Today was the one year anniversary of their purchase, and the day of breaking free from the chain Knight’s Inn. They are investing significant sweat and financial equity. Our room was super clean, near many trails, had blistering fast internet and modestly priced. Both Nigel and Tammy were a wealth of local information which as noted earlier made for a Delightful Day in Durango … including this drive to Silverton.
Driving up to the Molas Pass … Molly’s pic from the passenger seat of our car.
The Molas Pass!
Me Coming Down off my Photographic Perch
Yesterday Molly and I biked higher than a helicopter! Need proof … check out my photos! We started our ride at 6,800 feet above sea level in the Grand Canyon Village, and then climbed another 650 feet while cycling 20 miles. As noted, we were above the helicopters! In addition to some fantastic vistas, I acquired a new lifer, the Juniper Titmouse.
Biking Higher than Helicopters
The Juniper Titmouse
Molly, our Bikes, and one Vista
Birds like home … White Breasted Nuthatch
It is a bit after 10 am, and I’ve already had a full day. The morning (night?) started at 3:30 am when I visiting the Grand Canyon’s rim and hoped the skies would clear and give me some dramatic starscapes set off against the Canyon’s dramatic skyline and lit by a waning moon. Unfortunately some pesky clouds hung around, and I never achieved the photograph that was in my mind. However, the clouds of night became a nice opportunity at sunrise. Thus, along with many of my closest friends (i.e. other tourists), I watched the bright yellow globe pop up over the Grand Canyon rim. Unlike many of my close friends, once the sun was popping up I made a beeline down the Canyon Rim trail to find a view to the west. This image was the result!
The Sun’s First Light Looking West
Actual Sunrise Looking East
The Pesky Clouds at 3:30 am!