After we left Pagosa Springs we drove into Durango and stopped for few hours to eat lunch at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q with some of our cousins who live here. Food is good as usual and I tried their famous award winning pulled pork sandwich with cherry-chipolte salsa which was pretty good. A big change for a Texas gal who has always eaten smoked brisket! They actually have two locations in Durango and this is the southern location just north of Hwy 160. We also made a quick stop at Tarpley’s RV Store to buy a new clip for the sliding mirror closet door which had broken recently.
As we left Durango heading west for Mancos another wildfire had just started apparently from lightning and they were closing the road into Lightner Canyon. We got a quick shot of it as we headed on Hwy.160.
Mesa Verde RV Park http://www.mesaverdervresort.com in Mancos is a great place to stay and sites are pretty nice but slow service for cell and internet meant we had to move on. The wildfires here had been contained and the wind was helping keep the smoke away from us. A couple neat things about this place are a great place to run the dogs out back by a pond, but had to watch for the bears which had been spotted there and then one of the young workcamper families. They are living here while they work their internet business, having just moved from New York. They have the cutest little 6 year old boy who helps his dad do lots of the chores. When asked if he could read yet, his answer was, “I don’t read those baby books anymore, I read chapter books.” Pretty smart for 6 years and he is being homeschooled by two sharp parents. We were able to catch up on laundry here before a big chef’s salad for supper and prepared for next day’s trip.
We drove on north through Cortez and into Dove Creek, CO, where we made a stop for some of the famous Adobe Milling high country pinto and Anasazi beans. “They are located in the archaeological center of the U.S., between the Grand Canyon and Grand Junction, in Western Colorado. It is a beautiful agricultural plateau: once the home to thousands of Anasazi Indians who lived here for centuries, cultivated corn, squash and Anasazi bean, and built spectacular cities at Hovenweep, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde among others. Today the area still thrives agriculturally, and they are known as the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World”. In addition they are bisected by the Dolores River and its stunning canyons, enjoyed annually by both rafters and sightseers. The hunting and fishing are also outstanding.”