Tracey's favourite State - Colorado
Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
24Trip End Nov 30, 2009
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We overslept a bit this morning (partl because we forgot to change our watches to Arizona time) but made it downstairs for the free breakfast by 9 – whew! :0) Again I couldn't eat anything, but Fred and the kids had a good feed. Before leaving the motel I had a look around the fake Hogans (Native American mud houses) that were part of a mini museum in-between the
motel and Burger King – yup, only in America. I was followed around by the same stray dog that approached us last night – he was very friendly and has perfected the sad doggy face/whine. He showed me the huge hole he'd been digging by the hotel sign and the wire in that hole he was tugging on – eeeek, hope he doesn't electrocute himself! Then he trotted over and clambered up on top of one of the Hogans', obviously not for the first time. He looked so funny I couldn't resist taking a few photos.
Once away we headed towards the 'Four Corners' – the imaginary point where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado – quite bizarre driving past as we went there two years ago on our last trip
Colorado! Fred rushed in to buy another Durango sweatshirt (as the last one we got from the same gift shop was lost/stolen) and after a quick drive thru the main centre we hit the mountain trail to Silverton & Orray. Both towns were small and quaint, with Silverton seeming to be the more run-down of the two, but the scenery of snow capped moutains surrounding them surpassed this. This was the Colorado I'd always imagined – mountain after distant mountain,
dusted with snow and covered with firs, with rustic cabins beside cool blue lakes.
On the way we found a frozen pond by
the side of the road, so we pulled over and let the kids play in the
snow and ice there. Fred and the kids had great fun throwing
progressively bigger and bigger rocks on the pond to see if they
could break through
out on the pond... had visions of calling 911 and saying my family
had fallen through the ice!!!
We decided to stop at a town called Delta for dinner and Fred narrowly missed running over a skunk! From the side mirror I watched the skunk's little white and back body waddle frantically into the bushes – he reminded me of the way a possum moves when in a hurry. Anyway, the restaurant was a Chinese one and the food was very yummy but FAR too much for us to eat – of course we didn't know the portions were so big and ordered 1 dish each – would have fed us twice over!
Arrived in Grand Junction at about 6.30, where we've decided to stay the night – again at a Hampton Inn hotel. Our room is a clone of the last two rooms we've stayed in, so at least we won't get lost in the middle of the night!