Bum around the campground and walk around Durango

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Mesa Verde RV Resort Mancos
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Bum around the campground and walk around Durango

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Friday, July 22, 2011

My plan was to drive out to Durango this morning, walk around the river and downtown, eat some lunch, and then head back to relax. However, those plans were shelved pretty quickly. Pooh just wanted to stick around the campground for the day. It is a nice campground but if I am out somewhere out of state, all I want to do is explore. But I gave in thinking we could go out tonight.

I did go in the Jacuzzi two times which was very enjoyable. We did laundry – hopefully for the last time before we get home. I did a lot of typing for the stories on the blog – this takes a ton of time as I'm not a fast writer. I sat outside under a tree for much of the day which did feel good.

Around 5 we left for the 45 min. drive to Durango. This time we were in no rush to catch a train. Also, I knew better than to park around the train station where they charge to park. Instead, I parked in this small park across the Animas River from downtown. This was also right next to the river trail. We took Quique with us and walked about a mile north and then a mile back to downtown. The trail is very nice – Durango is lucky and smart to have something like this in their town. All along the river were rafters and kayakers – now I wish we had time to do that. We crossed the river on the trail bridges a few times so it was nice to stand in the middle of them to watch all the river activity. We walked as far as where the trail parallels the train tracks at the Animas River. I did get a video of the trail going over the bridge. After that we walked back toward downtown.

We spent about an hour downtown, mostly along the shops and eateries along Main Street. Most of the businesses are located in historical turn-of-the-century buildings. There were hardly any chain stores or restaurants on this strip – most everything was original. This is why I like walking and going to these type of stores in these towns. When Pooh started to get hungry, we had to turn around and head back to the truck. No major purchase on this day, but a lot of looking around.

For dinner I had planned to eat at East by Southwest for the longest time. I had read this was one of the best restaurants in Durango and plus it was Asian. So I thought Pooh would really like it. But as the trip went on I knew that she did not like spending so much money on food and after reading the menu here it looked like an upscale sushi place. So not our usual food place for this budget tightening trip. So I found a plan B – The Mongolian Grill. It is still Asian – so I knew Pooh would go – and it was much cheaper than the other place. It was located right next to the Wal Mart in town so you knew this would be a locals place. And it must have been a good place since there were several people there. The all you could eat Mongolian Grill – where you put your ingredients from the bar in a bowl and have someone cook it for you – was only $10. So a good value too. Pooh only got one bowl – full of tofu and veggies, while I had two very spicy bowls. After dinner we were very stuffed. From the restaurant, we drove back the 45 min. to the RV to chill for the evening.
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