30 July: Pagosa Springs CO: the birthday continues ...
27 July: We had a delightful morning discussing happiness worthy of a book: "How Two Opposites Can Be So Happy." Many years ago we started a book titled, "The Sensual, Sexual Relationship." Maybe next century we will finish it. Breakfast at 2Chicks and a Hippie Bakery/Restaurant was delicious. Our hike accidentally turned into 7 miles round trip. Our legs are tired. A glance in the mirror told Ron he is very dark despite sunblock.
26 July: Departing for Pagosa Springs, CO, we were packed by 11:00 AM with a box to be shipped to Texas; Ron was misdirected to the post office which was 1/4 mile from the hotel, causing him to drive halfway to Santa Fe before turning around. Box in the mail - bike packed - when someone needed to eat lunch before departure, but we were en route by half past noon thirty. The views were remarkable, especially around Ghost Ranch. The dark thunderheads above appeared ominous at times; three times showers fell briefly, but we arrived at our hotel dry. A favorite restaurant in now Sushi; we don't do Asian. Dinner at Boss Hogg's was fine. The salad bar is good but most entrees are not part of our eating regimen. Nina phoned for a lengthy chat. We located a map of hiking trails for tomorrow and responded to some e-mails. Granddaughter Zoe has the lead role in the musical, "Legally Blonde" at a summer theatre in Houston. (Hi Lupe! It is fun thinking of you reading our news.)
25 July: Hiking at the ski basin: meeting John and Linda at 7:45 AM, Ohmygoodness, that is very early. Ron and John hiked the Windsor Trail while Cynthia and Linda hiked the (far less strenuous) service road. We had lunch atVinaigrette and encountered rain on the way home. Ron returned to Santa Fe to play GO with Stewart who brazenly beat Ron both games.
24 July: Hiking Aspen Vista; a hiker fatality drew ambulances and the fire department, all happening about thirty minutes before we arrived. We had brunch with Janie at Harry's Roadhouse. Something or someone pounded on our exterior wall last night about 11:30 PM. Weird.
23 July: Hiking Aspen Vista with John and Linda
22 July: Lunch at Vinaigrette with Clare and Michael G.; dinner with John and Linda at Geronimo.
21 July: Our friend Marjorie M. sent this photo from Latin America, but I missed seeing the sign/name on top of the building immediately. Linda B. made delicious chicken curry for lunch; we enjoyed a delightful afternoon with Lupe and Bob B. After buying mango sorbet we enjoyed a terrific dinner with Mark V. And two of his neighbors. Here is a Link to the Huffington Post article about Cynthia's son, Paul:
19 July: Cynthia has a flight to Denver to visit grandson Brett, returning Wednesday; Ron is spending the day with Tony and June. Cell Phone service at Buffalo Thunder is deplorable. Ron finished the Walraven family group sheets and e-mailed them to John.
18 July: Finally, we have stronger Wi-FI, albeit not speedy, allowing Ron to work on SCS projects and Cynthia on DNA. At one PM the computers were closed while the Smooch family rode to Santa Fe for lunch at Vinaigrette's with Nina and Janie; we talked the afternoon away while tiny apricots fell on our heads from the tree overhead, followed by raindrops. The latter was a call to boogie back to Buffalo Thunder with a quick stop at Chevron for fuel and then Trader Vic's for Mango Sorbet. The Homewood Suites has a happy hour daily from 5-7 with soup and salads. The sorbet is ALL gone.
12 July: Gunnison, CO from Durango through Silverton, Ouray and Ridgway, Montrose (lunch at the Stone House), the Black Canyon. The new bike handles like a dream.
11 July: Durango, CO after riding north from Ouray to Ridgeway, Telluride, Rico, Dolores, Mancos (for lunch) we returned for an overnight in Durango. Cynthia forgot to wear the GoPro. The views were awesome.
Ice Park Canyon Photo and view from the ridge:
9July: The General Palmer Hotel in Durango was very nice, although they could not prepare our diet restriction food. Instead, we enjoyed egg white veggie omelets at Jean Pierre's Cafe before mailing a package to friends. On our ride to Ouray, CO we rejoiced in the views of magnificent San Juan mountains. Our Ouray B&B also has trouble with our dietary restrictions, but Pam, the hostess and cook tomorrow will prepare egg whites. With afocus on vegan, gluten and organic, the cooks miss the problem of fat and sugar. Our walk downtown was great fun meeting some ladies from Iowa and Texas. Dinner at the Bon Ton was mighty delicious. We walked for a bit and had porch time. Ron made a number of phone calls to invite Santa Fe friends to Cynthia's birthday party. Happy birthday to Granddaughter Rachel (pictured below with her dad).
5 July: Mesa Verde: Weatherill Mesa Step House Trail - five miles, not including the mileage to view archaeological Pueblo and cave dwellings. Cynthia will post photos when the wi-FI is working.
4 July: Happy Fourth of July: Feel FREE to be thankful!
3 July: Blue Lake Ranch B&B: A late check out in Durango, breakfast with piano entertainment at Jean Pierre's Cafe Chic, and a walk about historic Durango, a ride to Hesperus for lodging at one of our favorite places to stay, dinner at Kennebec's where we were startled by a $93.00 bill... (A mistake) followed by more walking and sitting amidst hummingbirds, a hummingbird moth and gazillions of flowers. Now it is time for sleep. Good night.
This morning's Monument Valley jeep tour was amazing; so, too was the fascinating story of Harry and Mike Gouldings who were responsible for all of the western movies filmed there. Cynthia posted photos from the tour; notice the last photo of the sky as we rode to Durango. By the time we reached Cortez we were in warm rain gear when the rain came.