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Durango, Colorado

Saturday/Sunday, September 2/3, 2022 50 degrees at 6:00, 84 degrees high We went to the farmer’s market, which was good. Martha loves a farmer’s market! It is downtown near the train station where we took our ride to Silverton. We went into historic Strater Hotel to look around, and were surprised when a front desk…

The Million Dollar Highway

Friday, September 2, 2022 42 degrees at 6:00, high of 90. First we went to a Durango fruit and vegetable stand and bought a few things. All the locals seemed to be stopping by. Roaster green chilis are in season. The Million Dollar Highway is the section of the San Juan Skyway from Silverton to…

Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Train

Thursday, September 1, 2022 52 degrees at 6:00, high of 85 Yesterday we drove from Taos, NM to Durango, Colorado. It was one of the prettiest drives of the trip going through Carson National Forest in the San Juan Mountains. With 1.5 million acres, it makes you want to explore. Voted the best train ride…

Canoncito Trail/Arroyo Seco, NM

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 A lady in one of the shops had recommended the Canoncito Trail just outside Arroyo Seco. It’s a bit strange because it goes across private property, and you have to pay $10/person. That’s unusual, but I understand the problem. For one thing, there is very limited parking. People will also leave…

The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

August 29, 2022  42 deg at 6:00, high 79 Listed as one of the top things to do in Taos is to drive The Enchanted Circle. It is a 2.5 hour drive if you don’t stop, or an all-day trip if you take your time and enjoy the sites, which is what we did.  Heading…

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

On our list of things to do in Taos was the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, knowing nothing of its history.  From Wikipedia:  “The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, also known as the Big House, is a historic house at 240 Morada Lane in Taos, New Mexico, United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in…

The High Road To Taos

Saturday, August 27, 2022 Our Airstream neighbors in Santa Fe gave us some good recommendations, one being to take the high road to Taos. It is a very pretty drive, and there are several Spanish chapels worth seeing. We also wanted to visit the Nambe Trading Post in Nambe Pueblo, NM along the way. Carla had…

Alcove House, Bandelier National Monument

Friday, August 26, 2022  56 degrees at 6:20, high of 76 It’s about a mile out and back to Alcove House from the Visitor’s Center. We were lucky to be able to see it, as it is now limited or may even be closed due to wear and tear of the site. This seems to…

Hike Falls Trail Bandelier NM/Valles De Caldera National Preserve

Thursday, August 25, 2022 50 degrees at 6:00, high 75? We hiked 1.5 miles to Frijoles Creek Falls. It’s a pretty cool area where the creek flows down a steep canyon and into the Rio Grande River. Since we are in monsoon season, the water was flowing nicely over the fall.  We talked with a…

Bandelier National Monument

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 64 deg at 4:00, high 79 One-hour drive from Santa Fe is Bandelier National Monument. Signs said to turn back and take the bus, but we pressed on. There is a campground just past the gate, so we knew we could get in.  Martha, again selected an excellent camp site, so…

Santa Fe Historic District

August 23, 2022 65 deg at 6:00, high 78 We have been passing the Pantry Restaurant every day, and there are always people sitting on benches outside, waiting to get in, so we went in for breakfast. Martha ordered an omelette, while I ordered sausage and eggs and blue corn cakes with a hint of cinnamon.…

Dale Ball Trail

Monday, August 22, 2022  We took this 4.4 mile out and back hike that goes beside an old irrigation duct and the old reservoir. It was a very nice hike with great views at the top of Santa Fe. After being in so many small towns, it surprising to see Santa Fe covering the whole…

Santa Fe Indian Market

August 2021, 2022 60 deg at 6:00, high of 72, rained most of the day We came to Santa Fe because Martha’s friend, Carla, had talked so much about it. She and Marshall have been coming to the market for 25 years. They have participated in the organization and judging, and know many of the…

Sedona, AZ to Santa Fe, NM

Friday, August 19, 2022  It’s a convoluted drive out of Sedona. You have to drive south, then east to I17, then north to I40 east. On Monday I had taken my truck to Flagstaff for an oil change. I drove north on 89A, which is a beautiful road, but it is a winding, narrow mountain…

Devil’s Bridge Hike, Sedona, AZ

Thursday, August 18, 2022  From AllTrails: Try this 3.9-mile out-and-back trail near Sedona, Arizona. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 39 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and off-road driving, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome, but must…

Hike Soldier’s Pass Loop, Sedona, AZ

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 68 degrees at 6:00, high of 86 Rated 4.5, it is a 4.5-mile loop trail. We turned it into a 6-mile hike with a few diversions. Sedona is a huge hiking area with 252 trails, most of which are highly-rated. With beautiful, red mountains all around, it is hard to go…

Move to Sedona, Arizona

August 14, 2022 at 3:20 AM 59 degrees at 6:00, high 91 Three hours south on 160, then “Everything’s Fine on 89” is Sedona, Arizona. Martha had requested Sedona, after Mark’s recommendation. Along Rt 89, we saw a sign for Wapatki National Monument. Since this trip is all about the national parks and monuments of…

Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Saturday, August 13, 2022 59 degrees at 6:00 “The Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Zuni, and Navajo are tribes that have inhabited the canyons for centuries. Springs fed into farming land on the canyon floor and homes were built in the natural sandstone alcoves. The cliff dwellings of Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were…

Drive to Navajo National Monument

Friday, August 12, 2022 67 degrees at 6:00, going to 91 deg. At 8:00 we set out for Navajo National Monument, turning south on 191. I desperately needed to get the Virginia Airstream newsletter out. With no cell phone service recently, it has been difficult. We could have turned left to the nice Visitor’s Center…


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