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 Ok in all seriousness we wanted to take a minute to bring something up. We have worked somewhat hard at keeping our blog active for over 8 years now, YES over 8 years, and we hope that it has provided some useful information and even some entertainment. Don’t take us wrong, we (well mainly I) have enjoyed doing it MOST of the time LOL!!!

 Admittingly most of what we put into the blog is time, many hours goes into sorting through pictures and actually typing out our updates, especially when you are technically challenged like we are LOL!! But we do pay a small fee of $71 per year to keep our blog online which we agree is a very small price to pay for our enjoyment of doing it AND to hopefully provide some useful and entertaining content to others.

 BUT with that said I thought it was time to do something we should have done long ago, something that many of the other bloggers have been doing for years, become an Amazon affiliate.

 What does that mean? Well to you probably nothing.

 What it means is that our blog updates COULD contain affiliate links, which means under certain circumstances, if you click on a product link (colored text or picture) and make a purchase we COULD receive a small kickback BUT the price you pay is exactly what you would pay if you went to Amazon by any other means than clicking on the link in our blog.

 We have also added an area to the right side of our blog page that says “Search and buy from Amazon here” and if you click the AMAZON link you will go to Amazon like you would any other time except any purchases you make COULD provide us with a small kickback. And when we say small we are talking around 3% small and many thing offer no kickback at all so it’s not a get rich thing trust us. But if it did nothing other than offset the $71 per year we pay WordPress we would get a kick out of it.

So if you see something like this different colored word and click on it you will be taken to that item on Amazon where IF you make a purchase we COULD be compensated. 

 And we added a list of items that we use ourselves and have had good luck with and if you click on those it will also take you to the item on Amazon and if you make a purchase we could be compensated.  

 We also added a DISCLAIMER area at the top of our page that states we are Amazon Affiliates so that we can be totally above board about this topic. Plus it’s required by anyone that is an affiliate with anyone LOL!!!

 We are also doing the same thing on our YouTube channel which we hope everyone has gone to and checked out and maybe even subscribed to. The YouTube channel will add a little twist to things AND I think could have content show up first before hitting the blog, we will see how this all works out. If we hit 1000 subscribers on YouTube we could also be monetized which again would help in a very small way in keeping our content online.

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A visit to the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

 Welcome back!!! Ok, well let’s talk about another area we visited while in the Cortez area and that’s the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

 OOpp’s, but first we will mention and toss in a reminder about the YouTube channel we are trying to get off the ground. Since our last update we have had over 200 views on our blog yet only one new person took the time to check out and subscribe to our new channel LOL!!! I would welcome any feedback on why this is, positive OR negative.

 Anyway, here is the link again that will take you to our channel. And thankyou to the one person that did subscribe.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWqRmO1rO4cu3rFANF1iG6Q

Diane and I actually visited a couple locations of the Canyon of the Ancients twice, once before friends arrived and then again with friends and enjoyed both times, of course it was extra special doing it with our friends Bob & Karen and Skip and Gayle.

 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument takes up 176,000 acres of federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and was designated on June 9th 2000 by Presidential Proclamation to protect cultural and natural resources on a landscape scale.

 The visitor center is located just 10 miles outside of Cortez but the different sites that make up the National Monument are spread out of many many miles. Unfortunately the Visitor Center was closed because of COVID but with luck it might be open when we visit the area again and yes, we do plan to visit again.

  We read that the Monument contains the highest known archaeological site density in the United States, with rich, well-preserved evidence of native cultures but we could swear that we have read the same thing about other National Monuments so maybe it sort of like seeing a sign that says “The Best Hamburger is the United States” while visiting Oregon, Nevada and then again on Texas LOL!!! But hey, what do we know.

 We also read that more than 6,355 recorded sites reflect all the physical components of past human life: villages, field houses, check dams, reservoirs, great kivas, cliff dwellings, shrines, sacred springs, agricultural fields, petroglyphs and sweat lodges. Some areas have more than 100 sites per square mile. And the number of sites is estimated to be up to 30,000.

The Monument has been used or inhabited by humans, including the Northern Ancestral Puebloan culture (or Anasazi), for 10,000 years, and hey, we still use it as tourists so it continues to be used by humans today.

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It was another great day spent with friends. And if I remember correctly we followed that day up with a BBQ at our place followed up by a batch of Home Made Ice Cream in our new ice cream machine.

Can you find the small structure on the hillside across the canyon? That’s where we were heading.

For being our first batch it was just ok but we didn’t hear any complaints LOL!!! They were good guests and friends for keeping their comments to themselves maybe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, that’s it for this update. We still have a couple more about the Cortez stay before moving to the next location.

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Hovenweep National Monument and a little wine.

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On another sun filled blue sky day our friends Bob & Karen and Skip & Gayle and us decided to head out to Hovenweep National Monument to check things out.

 

 

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The first historic reports of the abandoned structures at Hovenweep were made by W.D. Huntington, the leader of a Mormon expedition into southeast Utah in 1854. The name “Hovenweep” is a Paiute/Ute word meaning “Deserted Valley” which was adopted by pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson in 1874. In 1917-18, J.W. Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institution surveyed the area and recommended the structures be protected. On March 2, 1923, President Warren G. Harding proclaimed Hovenweep a unit of the National Park System.

Human habitation at Hovenweep dates to over 10,000 years ago when nomadic Paleoindians visited the Cajon Mesa to gather food and hunt game. These people used the area for centuries, following the seasonal weather patterns. By about A.D. 900, people started to settle at Hovenweep year-round, planting and harvesting crops in the rich soil of the mesa top. By the late 1200s, the Hovenweep area was home to over 2,500 people.

The towers of Hovenweep were built by ancestral Puebloans, a sedentary farming culture that occupied the Four Corners area from about A.D. 500 to A.D. 1300. Similarities in architecture, masonry and pottery styles indicate that the inhabitants of Hovenweep were closely associated with groups living at Mesa Verde and other nearby sites.

Most of the structures at Hovenweep were built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. There is quite a variety of shapes and sizes, including square and circular towers, D-shaped dwellings and many kivas. Some structures built on irregular boulders remain standing after more than 700 years.

By the end of the 13th century it appears a prolonged drought possibly combined with resource depletion and warfare forced the people of Hovenweep to leave the area and migrated south to the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and the Little Colorado River Basin in Arizona.

 There were a couple different trails to walk and we did a combined variation but towards the end it was getting pretty warm and we were on rocks and there was very little shade AND we had a  dog along so we decided that it was time to head to greener pastures and find a watering hole.

 So, we all jumped in our rigs and headed towards the Sutcliff Vineyards.

Sutcliff Vineyards is an isolated vineyard located in the red rock canyons of Colorado, one that while you are diving to you wonder how and they heck they grow anything out there AND why the heck they built so far out in nothingness.

 Once there we settled in at a table and took in he views from patio and could see why someone might enjoy this area, except it was still I the middle of nothing LOL!!!

 Diane and I not being real wine snobs, I mean in the know vineyard goers (LOL, sorry) we just went with the flow and because there were no real pamphlets or any information available at the table we just followed the direction of the lady that seemed in charge of the patio area and ordered wine samples and a cracker and cheese plate to share.

 Of course the company was fantastic and the scenery and setting was very picturesque but when the wine samples were poured Diane and I would give each other a glance as if to be thinking the same thing and the thought was something like “a cat could lap that pour up in 4 tongue strokes!!!” LOL!!!

 We had a very nice time sitting, relaxing and chatting with friends and listening to some of the history that surrounded the making of the vineyard by the “lady in charge of the patio” who’s name we have completely forgotten I’m afraid but all good things must come to an end.

 So after being offered a membership that would have wine shipped directly to our homes on a monthly basis and also an order form in case we wanted to stock up while we were there we made our way to the register to pay.

 I think the only ones in our group that bought any wine were Skip & Gayle but at least someone did.

 Now I think I have mentioned before that I’m sort of a cheap bastard when it comes to this sort of entertainment so I will admit that even though we don’t remember the actual amount we paid for our 5 half full thimble sized samples of wine and crackers & cheese I do remember wiping away a small tear that rolled down my cheek as I saw the amount. I sure home no one saw my in that state LOL!!!

 Once finished a the vineyard we jumped in our rigs, made our way home and ended the night sitting around the fire with friends. Another great day!!

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Mesa Verde National Park,,, and forgive the rant LOL!!

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Full disclosure, we are NOT going to stop doing the blog and the reason for doing the YouTube channel serves a couple things, #1, we hope we can share things with people on a different format that could be found helpful. #2, I enjoy toying with things like this that take me out of my comfort zone and #3, if we can grow the channel we could actually be monetized and COULD bring in a few extra dollars per month, not a lot but maybe something.

 The being monetized is the hardest part, well getting used to talking into a camera will probably be the hardest part, but to be monetized means we need subscribers. I was torn about sharing the YouTube idea on the blog to begin with because I really wanted to keep them separate BUT I figured hey, we have and DO put a lot of time and effort into doing the blog and I think we have helped a few people along the way over the last 8 plus years AND I think we have some great followers that might not mind helping us out on our new venture so obviously I decided to mention it on the blog.

 To be honest we have had a few hundred views on our blog since mentioning the YouTube channel and only a couple extra subscribers on the YouTube channel so I’m a bit surprised because it costs absolutely nothing, zero, to subscribe. And even if you don’t want to watch all the video’s for whatever reason, you just don’t do YouTube or maybe data is an issue, which we get 100%, just the simple act of subscribing would help our channel take hold with the YouTube algorithms and help our channel grow.

 So how about taking a minute to click on the link above, check out the new channel and hit that subscribe button and let us know you are supporters of what we do. AND THANK YOU in advance for doing that. And thank you to those of you that have already subscribed!

 WOW, sorry for going on so long about that, it wasn’t intended when my fingers started typing LOL!!! SO, let’s get on to what we really wanted this update to be about our visits to Mesa Verde National Park. AND because of my going on and on already we will keep the remaining yacking to a minimum and let he pictures do the talking.

 Diane and I actually visited Mesa Verde 3 separate times on this stay in the area, once alone when we first got here, then again when our friends Skip & Gayle arrived and then AGAIN after Skip & Gayle left and we did it with our friends Bob & Karen.

Before COVID we were able to climb that ladder. In fact we had to in order to even start one of the tours.

Before COVID we were able to walk in the dwellings you see below.

 You may be thinking dang, 3 times but we can honestly say that each visit was great and we saw something new and different each and every time.

 Diane and I feel very fortunate that we were able to tour Mesa Verde about 12 years ago because a few of the hikes we were able to do back then were not available during this visit because of COVID and we feel bad that our friends were not able to enjoy them. But we bet they come back again.

Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. And today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

 

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The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are the most popular things to see in the park and for good reason. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs.

It’s ok, that area is actually open o the public. She’s not doing anything bad.

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The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.

 Even though we enjoyed the Cliff Dwellings the most “even more so when we could actually climb ladders down into some of them and walk around” we spent a lot of time checking out the Mesa top sites.

 It was interesting to see how they first built their structures and how they picked up new ideas and ways to build over time.

 But to be honest I think in all three visits we all found ourselves spending a little less time at each stop and I know after doing 3 visits in such a short time Diane and I had seen our fill of the Mesa Top sites BUT never grew tired of seeing the Cliff Dwellings.

 And there are a number of hikes a person can take during your visits and we did a few but by far didn’t scratch the surface of what’s available.

 In fact I’m pretty certain that Diane and I will be staying in the area again and we will visit Mesa Verde again to do a few more of those hikes.

 Ok, that’s it for this update,,, so question,,,, did you go to our YouTube channel and subscribe yet??!!! LOL!!!  

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Day trip to Telluride

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OK, now on with our catching up on the blog LOL!!!

 On one of our very pretty sunny days Bob & Karen and us decided to jump in our rigs and take a drive to Telluride.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

 From our campground it was a beautiful 72 mile drive up highway HWY 145 to Telluride and part of the reason we decided to take the drive was not only to spend the day in Telluridebut to take in the colors during the drive. The leaves on the trees hadn’t fully turned colors yet but they were well on their way.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

 It has been a few years since Diane and I had been to Telluride, in fact it was on a motorcycle ride roughly 12 years ago and man have things changed, we barely even recognized it, if it wasn’t before it certainly is a full blown tourist town now so even though the population is only booked at around 2500 people the place is hopping, oh and expensive LOL!!

A roadside stop for photo’s.

A roadside stop for photo’s.

Just a small town along he ride that caught our eye.

 The first thing we wanted to do was find a place to park and walk downtown, well it didn’t take long to figure out that finding a free spot to park was out of the question so we ended up using the downtown parking garage which put us in the heart of things so it worked out well.

 Once parked and we found ourselves soaking up the sun on the sidewalk we decided it would be best to go find the Gondola.

Headed back down to Telluride.

 Unlike most gondola’s you find around the country this one operates year around and is really a big part of the public transportation system that connects historic Telluride to the town of Mountain Village, and it’s free. Oh, and when the gondola is down for service a free bus service is provided so I guess the tax money is being used wisely because they say it costs $3.5 million dollars and requires 82,000 man hours annually.

The Gondola stops on top of Coonskin Ridge and this is looking down over a small airport on the Mountain Village side.

Headed down into Telluride

Looking down into Telluride from the top of Coonskin Ridge.

Looking down into Telluride from the top of Coonskin Ridge.

 Oh, Mountain Village has a population of around 1500 people and sits at an elevation of 9540ft and the town of Telluride sits at an elevation of 8750ft but the gondola goes up and over the 10,500-foot Coonskin Ridge and provides some great views of the San Juan Mountains as you travel between the two towns during the ride.

We only took our masks off for the quick photo during the ride.

Headed back down to Telluride.

 After our ride to the top of Coonskin Ridge and some walking around we continued to Mountain Village for a little more strolling around and then rode back up and over to Telluride for,,, yup you guessed it, more walking around on the downtown streets of telluride.

Sitting along the street in Telluride.

This was taken while walking around the Mountain Village area.

This was taken while walking around the Mountain Village area.

 Then after a nice lunch we started our trek home. BUT WAIT!!! What’s that over in that clearing??!! Well it’s a herd of elk, quick,,, pull over!

 We stood around for probably close to half an hour taking pictures and watching the herd before continued on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On our way home we stopped in at an old abandoned mine that we saw on the way up and took advantage of the lighting and old structures to play around with our cameras and kicked back and just chilled in the sun a while before making our way home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great day that ended around the fire with friends.

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We are going to try something a little new.

 Ok, I think we will break the chain of updates as we play catch up and toss in this real quick note on something old and something new.

Because we lived and traveled fulltime 6 ½ years in a couple different Class A’s and then switched to a 5th wheel 1 ½ years ago we find ourselves answering the question of “which we like best” often and figured it would be a great time to re-visit a video we did some time back. This is the something old part, sort of.

As far as the something new we, well I, figured it would be a good time to launch something new to us that I have thought about for some time, probably close to two years, and to be honest have some very mixed emotions about, a YouTube channel.

 First off there are a number of good YouTube channels out there that are already entrenched and well known but because we have actually lived in both a Class A AND a 5th wheel I thought we could really offer a different twist compared to some. And because we have been on the road for over 8 years we have a number of experiences to draw from and share compared to some of the newer people on the road.

 Now for the negative side, talking into a camera is not natural for me and as far as Diane goes, well you will probably never see her in a video unless she is unaware that I’m videoing her LOL!!! So compared to other YouTube channels I will not be the “Character” that some can provide. Maybe that will change over time or maybe this won’t even get off the ground, it depends totally on how many subscribers we pick up along the way. So hey, be sure to subscribe if you want to see me struggle through this LOL!!!

 My vision is to of course talk about things pertaining to the differences of living in a motorhome compared to a 5th wheel. We also plan to talk about things like systems and components, do campground reviews, talk about the costs over the last 8 years, talk about different apps and programs we use for everything from finding campgrounds to places to eat and things to do, talk about our truck that we use to tow our home, how we deal with mail, heck we hope to cover everything over time right down to how we carry our bicycles when we travel. And if you think of something you would like covered just ask.

 Ok, to begin with we will supply you with a link to the one video we have on our new channel where I talk about our last class A and where you can hit the subscribe and like button if you see fit, we hope you do.

Here is the link to the channel and first video.   https://youtu.be/Ifa3sxEWCkA

Side note, once you click on the link and go to the video if you then click on the “Dave and Diane Throwing Caution to the Wind” on the title of the video it will show you the other video’s available as they show up. 

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Geyser Spring Trail

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Welcome back, I guess you wanted to hear about another hike!! Ok, this time we will talk about a nice relatively short hike to the ONLY geyser in Colorado. So what do you guess the trail is called, yup, Geyser Springs Trail.

  We did this hike with our good friends Bob & Karen and their two four legged kids Buddy & Elsa who if you have seen much of our blog in the past we are sure you have heard about many times. Elsa is actually their son’s dog who is stationed up in Alaska for a bit so Bob & Karen are doing an extended dog sitting gig but she’s a good girl so she was fun to have along.  

 To get to the trailhead from our campground we drove HWY 145 to about 12 miles beyond the town of Dolores until we reached the NFSR #535 which is a pretty well maintained gravel road and drove it 23 miles until we reached the trailhead parking lot. If you know the area the Trailhead is just 2 miles south of the town of Dunton.

 The trail starts by crossing the West Dolores River by way of a pretty new footbridge from the looks of it and then meanders upwards on the gently sloped trail through the Aspens and through a few very pretty meadows.

 We mentioned that it’s a pretty short hike at roughly 2.5 miles round trip I guess BUT because it is a constant uphill all the way in at the elevation of 8700ft it’s still some good exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As you work your way up you will find some signs of old mining activity but they were well posted with “Do not enter signs” which we obeyed of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hike up was very pretty and we had a fantastic sunny day to do it on which made the views spectacular but of course the prize at the end of the trail was the geyser.

 We have traveled around and have seen some geysers and even though this is considered a geyser we almost would call it a hot spring because what we found was a small pool fed by a geyser that erupts every 30 to 40 minutes but the eruption is more of a boiling for 10 to 15 minutes, nothing shooting into the air like you might think. But it was very pretty none the less.

 After spending some time at the geyser we made our way back down to the footbridge at the bottom, sat on the rocks by the river and had our lunches while taking in the views around us.

 Once we finished lunch we decided to continue on to the town of Dunton to see what it had to share, which was a few building behind a locked gate LOL!!! So we decided to just continue on 38 which was a continuation of the gravel road we drove getting to the trailhead except it became less maintained but still a fine road that offered up some great color as we drove through the aspen’s.

 Eventually 38 took us back down to HWY 145 which we took back through the towns of Rico and Delores and back to our campground. A pretty darn day outing.

 Once home we chilled for a bit, had our dinners and gathered for an evening happy hour around the fire pit. A fine day for sure.  

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A unexpected find.

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In our last update we mentioned just how busy we stayed during our Cortez visit AND that we had two different sets of friends show up for visits. And to go along with that because we were in Cortez about a week before Skip & Gayle stopped in we went out on a few adventures just the two of us, then we repeated a couple with Skip & Gayle and added new ones and then when Bob & Karen came for their two week stay we did some of the things for a 3rd time AND added even more!!! Then when Skip & Gayle left we added even more with just Bob & Karen. Are you getting the idea LOL!!!

 So with all of that in mind we pondered just how we wanted to go about our updates for our Cortez and surrounding areas visit, do it chronologically, do it by activities done by ourselves and each of our visitors as they came and went or what. I think we decided to just talk about each area individually, in other words for example we visited the Canyon of the Ancients 3 times but will group all 3 into one update. Otherwise it would take WAY to many updates to get through our entire stay.

 Ok, now that we have said all of that I think we will start with a hike that we did alone and really by accident. One day Diane and I headed out to the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center to check things out, of course once we arrived we found it to be closed. BUT they did have one worker out front by the parking lot standing by a big map giving out information and maps about the lay of the land because the Canyon of the Ancients is really broken up over many different locations many miles apart.

 Our intent for the day was to mainly do a driving tour but during our chat with the ranger he mentioned a short hike not to be missed so we decided we should just toss that in the middle of our driving day.

 So off we went on our driving tour until we reached the turnoff mentioned by the ranger that was supposed to take us to the Painted Hand Pueblo. The ranger said that once we reached this road it would be a relatively well maintained dirt road until we reached the trailhead to the Pueblo but to go a further a high clearance 4×4 would be recommended so we figured it should be pretty obvious.

 We drove and we drove and the road was pretty good and then it got to where we needed to pick our lines a bit more and watch for high spots and rocks but nothing that we considered 4×4 country. Well long story short we drove until the road pretty much came to an end and it became VERY obvious that to go any further would take a high clearance vehicle so we figured we had found it.

 So we parked, grabbed our water and headed to what we thought was the Panted Hand Pueblo Trailhead only to find a trailhead market with the Cut Throat Castle Trail, hmmm. We look around the area for another trailhead but there simply wasn’t one and there was never any mention by the anger OR on any maps we had about the Cut Throat Castle Trail, again hmmmm.

 So what a person to do, well hike the Cut Throat Castle Trail of course!!! Because we didn’t have any literature about the hike and there wasn’t any real clear information available we didn’t know what was in store but we figure we would just hike and figure it out as we went.

 The trail was pretty well marked and being such a nice day we were a little surprised that we didn’t run into anyone, but that was obviously ok with us. The only thing bad about the trail is that we were going down right from the start which only means one thing, it’s UP all the way back LOL!!

 As we went farther and farther we actually found ourselves crossing the Colorado / Utah border while on the trail which caught us off guard and which we found funny for some strange reason and as it turned out the Cutthroat Castle was actually in the Hovenweep National Monument so we crossed rom one National Park into another through the back door LOL!!!

 We are not sure how far we hiked before actually reaching the ruins but not far, maybe a mile and once we did we were very happy we decided to take the hike.

The earliest historic record of Cutthroat Castle dates from 1929, when it was documented by archeologist Paul Martin and the site was added to Hovenweep National Monument in 1956. Unlike the other Hovenweep pueblos, the structures at Cutthroat Castle are not located immediately at the head of a canyon, but further downstream and that’s probably why they had the trailhead where they did.

 Once we finished checking the area out we started our hike back out and even though not that far it was early afternoon and the sun was beating down pretty intensely. In fact we found ourselves making several stops under whatever short little tree we could to rest and take on water in what little shade there was. We were VERY glad to get back to the car and kick on the air-conditioning.

 Because we didn’t really have any information about this particular trail and none was to be found on our hike I started doing some research online and found out that the trail was,,,,, actually closed!! Yup closed due to physical security issues related to the access of the Cutthroat Unit, the unit is closed to public access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well there were no signs stating it was closed so we had no way of knowing and as it turned out we simply missed the sign for the Painted Hand Pueblo on our drive in. It was an honest mistake but a mistake we are very glad we made because who knows when or if it will ever be opened back up to the public.

 Once we cooled of a bit we continued our driving tour for the day and scoped out a few future stops which will come up in upcoming updates.

 Ok, that’s it for this update, be sure to check back in because we have a bunch more to talk about containing to our Cortez visit. And for the record we did come back with Skip & Gayle and Bob & Karen and found and hiked to the Painted Had Pueblo but that will come in another update.

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Time to make a move and Head to Cortez Colorado

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Well, we had a pretty darn good time during our stay in Creede but once Sunday 9/13 rolled around it was time to lift our jacks, say our see ya down the roads to the few that remained and make a move.

 We drove HWY 149 from Creede to South Fork where we jumped on HWY 160 and headed up over Wolf Creek Pass and on to Pagosa Springs. Then straight through Pagosa Springs and through Durango and stayed on HWY 160 until we reached the east side of Cortez. Once we reached Cortez we headed north on HWY 145 for roughly 5 miles until we reached our destination at the Westview RV Resort. A pretty easy 168 mile day.

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 This was our first visit to Westview RV Resort and Cortez but we can tell you with some certainty that it won’t be our last. We won’t give away anything about all the great outing’s we were able to do during our stay, you will need to come back a few times to catch all the updates about the numerous things that occupied our time, but between them and the park being pretty darn nice and the town of Cortez having most everything we needed and Durango being a short distance away it was a great stop for us.

 We booked a month and even extended another week if that gives you any idea of what we thought about the park and area.

 In this update we will just talk a little about the park. Every site is a pull through, every site is very spacious and there is plenty of well-manicured green grass everywhere.

They have a very large outdoor patio and offer music a few times a month and food. We did not attend any of those events because of the COVID situation but in different times we sure would have.

You can see Diane waiting by the courts.

Looking from the Pickleball courts towards the clubhouse.

They have 2 Pickleball courts that are none too shabby even though not heavily used while we were there except by us and a handful of others. Oh, and we had some fiends stop in and we all played but that will come in another update. OH, there are 8 outdoor courts in the town of Cortez but again more on them later.

 And they have a full bar inside the clubhouse as well as a full blown beauty salon. And the restrooms and laundry were top notch as well but once again we used none of them.

 They have a nice dog park but no grass.

AND they are expanding. You can see the expansion in these pictures but by the time we left the streets had been asphalted and heck, maybe being used by now.

The new section. Again all pull throughs.

 And to top it all off the owners were super super nice and every person we had any contact with right to the grounds keepers were as nice as nice could be.

 In fact when we decided to stay an extra week the owner figured out what our daily average was for the month and gave us that daily rate for the additional week, when is the last time you had that happen!!!

Ok, we will cut this update short BUT boy do we have a lot to talk about in future updates about this area. We had two sets of friends come in to spend a week and two weeks, lots of driving tours and hiking, lots of food, trips into Durango to visit old friends and on and on. This really was a great stop. But again, you will need to come back to check all that out.

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ATV day around Creede

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In our last update we mentioned that after the New Horizons Rally a few of us stuck around a few more days for a little more fun. Well one of the things our Rally Master Ron had set up was a discount price with the local ATV outfit called Creede Adventure Rentals so of course when our good friends Skip & Gayle brought up the idea of us going in together on a 4 seater we were all in.

 There was a pretty good group of people that originally signed up for rentals but when the unexpected cold and snow rolled in some decided to cancel, we on the other hand decided to push our rental day back a couple days to when the weather was supposed to break and supply us with some sunshine again and it worked out perfectly.

 As it turned out our friends Greg and Mary “fellow New Horizons owns” from Texas also stuck around a little longer and have ridden ATV’s often in the Creede area so they offered to be our tour guides which afforded us the opportunity to branch off in a couple areas we might not have seen had we simply followed the map and directions of the ATV rental agency who of course has safety in mind, read into that what you will LOL!!!

 So, after picking up our 4 seat Kawasaki Terex ATV the night before everyone packed up lunches and headed out for a day of fun.

 We had 3 rigs in our little group, Greg & Mary “our tour guides” Rich and Allison “friends and fellow New Horizons owners and their four legged kid Gracie” and of course Skip & Gayle and Diane and I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We all met in town and I think we ended up hitting the trail about 9am if we remember correctly.

 

 

 

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The main trail we would be on and around was the historic Bachelor Loop through the historic mining district above Creede which we have done in the past in our old Jeep “and we will provide a link to that update in case you care to have a peak” but this time we would also be branching out onto some trails we didn’t see before thanks to Greg & Mary’s experience in the area.

 Here is a link we mentioned above.  https://wp.me/p2Dund-29S

 Ok, I think this will be one of those updates where we will let the pictures do most of the talking but not all, You’re welcome LOL!!!

 Our day started at around 8850’ and topped out at over 10,000’ so even though it was a nice sunny day it did get a bit chilly up top but we didn’t heard any complaining.

 And because of the snowfall it created some very pretty views and just enough had melted to supply us with some mud along the way.

 I think we finally got down from the trails about 5PM, returned our ATV and relaxed the rest of the day. We had a fun filled day with friends that will be forever remembered.

 Well this pretty much sums up our final days in Creede. After our day with the ATV’s we spend one more day just chilling with friends and then said our see ya down the roads and wondered off. You will need to come back to see where we went next but rest assured, we had a BUNCH of adventures there to talk about and you won’t want to miss any of it!!

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