Deer Valley Ranch
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We had one of those lazy days today that you sometimes need on a long holiday. We've basically just ambled round Salida, its park running alongside the river and its quaint shops. We had a lovely breakfast at a restaurant table overlooking the Arkansas river where one or two canoeists were testing their skills. Salida is a funny place where ...
... we didn't stop - and then along a large lake where again the scenery was beautiful. On arriving in Salida, our first impressions were not great. It looked a bit scruffy and quiet. An hour or so later, we realised it was in fact very arty and laid back so we took much more of a liking to it. It is the start of a three day art and literature festival here tomorrow so we will see what that ...
... as well. This morning we went out to breakfast for some good food and more discussion. It was a very nice visit. Next time we are going to have to allocate some more time. Randy offered me a jeep ride in the mountains - that sounds exciting.
We left Buena Vista and followed Randy's recommendation to take Cottonwood Pass. It would cut some time off getting back to Gunnison and it would be a new experience; When we got outside of Buena Vista, we ran into a ...
... and statues; they even watered their designated patch of RV-side
grass. We took a spot at the very back - away from everyone else. This way no
one was bothered by our dogs laying in the grass unleashed.
There are a number of 14ers around BV and we could see
many of them from our spot, including Mt Princeton. A “14er” is a mountain with
an elevation between 14,000ft and 14,999ft. Before we went to Cottonwood Hot
... and Blue Mesa Summit, where there was also the Blue Mesa Reservoir. Monarch Pass was at 11, 312 feet and was also at the Continental Divide, so now we are officially in the east again. The last leg of our journey today took us to Salida, where we stopped for the night. It was late when we got in, so we made it a pizza night and I finally got some laundry done. What a day of spectacular scenery!