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Travel Blogs from Pagosa Springs
... re small but there was enough of interest to fill the two hours until my tour.
There were six of us on the tour. We were taken around the portion of the ranch near where Georgia O'Keeffe's home. We got to see the house but only at a distance. We stopped at several places and were shown pictures of O'Keeffe paintings ...
We rode to visit Willy's brother and his lovely wife Char who have a holiday home just outside of Chama. Great ride. Rode over 6 high passes and watched the old Steam train chug over the mountains. Watched the sunset over the mountains drinking 'moonshine' and eating ...
... bought this train bought the tracks up to Wagon Wheel Gap. Pretty cool.
We had a great lunch at the Blue Creek Lodge. We sat in a backroom with the group and enjoyed visiting. The restaurant was very pretty and rustic. Then we headed back to Southfork. It was a great trip and worth the money. (Oh by the way, part of the track was used in the movie The Lone Ranger that recently came out)
On the way back ...
We concluded with a champagne toast to the balloonist's prayer:
The winds have welcomed you with softness
The sun has blessed you with it’s warm rays
You have flown so high and so well
That God has joined you in laughter
And set you gently back again
Into the loving arms of Mother Earth
And that is a perfect ending to a perfect ...
... and just as i got there i heard a mighty RAWWWWRRRRR back in the direction i came from but farther to the treeline. I kid you not, that bear sounded like a Monster! ..and it was loud. Of course it could have been a koala size bear just amplifying right next to a couple large boulders. So, it was about an hour or so to daylight, i looked at my paper tent, then the car, then back at my tent. I am not ashamed to say, i thought i'd relax in the car till ...