Econo Lodge Near Peterson Air Force Base
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... interesting to learn that there were once redwood trees elsewhere. It is perhaps less surprising that many of the stumps were vandalized ferociously in the late 19th and early 20th century by souvenir seekers. This was not considered vandalism at the time of course; indeed, there were dueling lodges on site luring customers in to see and chop up the trees as they could.
There is a second type ...
... Palace and Spruce Tree House. The latter could be reached by a simple pathway but the former needed you to enter and exit the site via ladders; Cameron was upset when it was over.
For Durango, we decided against the day-long single gauge steam railway trip to Silverton. It's what the place is known for but our decision was justified as Durango was host to the Cowboy Poetry Gathering over the weekend we were there. We walked down to Main Avenue on the ...
... so we didn't stay long. Ended up at Dickey's BBQ pit where we had a lovely meal, although it was 'fast food' yet again. Went to Comfort Inn, Colorado Springs for the night and had fun in the hot tub and pool. A definite bonus us that we stay here tomorrow night, so don't have to pack up again in the morning. ...
A driving day today. Almost 700km from Cortez to Colorado Springs. Stopped at a small town called Durango which is a lovely tourist village. Discovered that we had jumped a time zone yesterday. A few of the locals seem to enjoy smoking marijuana on a Saturday morning. It has recently become a legal drug in Colorado. We drove over two passes with snow around us. Sunny and fine of course but a little chilly up ...
... the top of the mountain like you would not believe but we weren’t there that long. I just couldn’t get warm. I crawled into bed and shivered for a half hour. Then we got back on the road and did the Pike’s Peak drive AGAIN for the sunset. We hit traffic and were 5 minutes late (they shut the road down to people heading up at 5) but Jym talked the ranger into letting us try to head up. They were very kind and actually radioed ahead ...