We Love Durango
Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
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Our weekend in Durango was AWESOME!! We kind of just decided on Thursday that we were going to go to Durango that weekend, so I spent a good part of the day on Friday doing 'research' on things to do while we were there. By research I mean, checking if they had a farmer's market, finding restaurants, and looking for campgrounds, etc. By the time Silas got home on Friday I was VERY excited about Durango- it looked like an awesome place and I had found that they do in fact have a farmer's market, and I had found TONS of restaurants that looked good, including a Himalayan restaurant and a Texas BBQ place.
We headed over early on Saturday morning and got to the farmer's market by about 9:30 or so. Right away Silas was much more into it that he ever was at the farmer's market in Missoula. I think the reason for this was because it was MUCH less crowded. The farmer's market in Missoula is pretty much always really crowded. I love going to it, but it's kind of a pain to try to walk next to someone- there are just too many people. But this one was much smaller and much less crowded, but it still had the essentials...meat & sausages, veggies, coffee & baked goods, live music, samples, etc. I had promised Silas a treat if he would agree to come, and there were so many booths with baked goods that he had a hard time deciding on what we should get. We ended up getting a blackberry/cream cheese pastry to eat then, and a chocolate/cherry/cream cheese muffin to take with us for breakfast the next morning. Yum! Both were delicious!
After the farmer's market we walked around the downtown area for a while. Durango had such a nice downtown! And it's pretty big considering the population of the town is only about 16,000. Finally, it was time to try one of the restaurants that I'd been reading about! We decided to go to the Himalayan Kitchen for lunch- they have an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet and it was AWESOME! We didn't really know what most of the things we were eating were- they had the names of the dishes, but didn't say what was in anything, so we just kind of took a little of everything the first time we went through, then got more of the stuff we really liked the next time. It was a great deal for only $8/person, and we left the restaurant full and satisfied!
After that we decided that we should see about getting a campsite- we really didn't know how difficult that would be. Silas had found one- Junction Creek Campground- that was only about 5 miles from town, so we decided to try that- as we were on our way there I was kind of worried that it would be full- everything around here is always full by 11am or so, so I was already starting of thinking about plan B, but when we got there we found out that it was almost completely empty! We were so surprised! It was a nice place and just a few miles from the center of town. We set up the tent then went on a couple mile hike along the creek before heading back to town.
Finally, it was dinnertime! Just kidding, but I think the food ended up being the highlight of the trip! We both discovered about a year ago that we LOVE BBQ restaurants!! I had never really been interested in BBQ restaurants because I thought it was all ribs and wings and I really don't like eating meat off bones (weird? maybe, but I think it runs in the family, I think both of my sisters are the same way) But we went to Famous Dave's and discovered that you can get burgers and sandwiches with the BBQ sauces on them and we've been hooked ever since. I had found a place online called 'Serious Texas BBQ' that had won Sunset Magazine's 'Best BBQ in the West' a couple years ago and we were dying to try it. They only have about 6 sandwiches and a few sides on their menu, but it was still hard to decide what to get. We ended up getting a pulled pork sandwich, a beef brisket sandwich, and a side of cheezy potatoes to share. It was all really good and even better, CHEAP! We will definitely be going there again!
While we were eating on the porch/deck at the restaurant there was a lot of thunder and lightning- I was kind of starting to get worried since we were camping (in a tent, not in Silas' bus) When we got back to our campsite we were planning on making smores, but it was starting to rain, so we just got in the tent and were getting ready to play some scrabble. But then the rain stopped just long enough for Silas to get the fire going and for us to make our smores, then it started pouring! It rained most of the night and it was so loud that we both had a hard time sleeping. But we stayed dry, which really impressed Silas since we were sleeping in a tent that he had bought for about $30, and by the morning it was nice out again.
We didn't really do much that day, went to a couple bike shops, (I'm still looking for a bike that I like and that I can afford) took a walk on the river trail along the Animas River, went to a flea market, (Silas' first- he wasn't impressed!) and we ate some more! We went to Steamworks Brewing Co. for lunch and finished off our weekend of over-eating.
I really loved Durango, it reminded me so much of Bend, OR and Missoula, MT- two of my favorite places I've lived. I can definitely see myself living there someday. The cost of living there seems to be pretty high- MUCH higher than Monticello anyway. So for now, I'm happy living here and just being able to visit every once in a while.