My friend Kathy, from a hiking club through Meetup.com, picked me up from the Albuquerque airport. She had been in New Mexico for a couple of weeks with another friend who left the day before I arrived. She usually comes to Santa Fe every year. She’s a school teacher and this is her escape from reality. We were spending four nights in Durango, Colorado, five nights in Santa Fe, and the last evening in Albuquerque, where we would fly home to Ohio from. We set off for the 4 1/2 hr. drive to Durango and stopped at the Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Indians prefer that we refer to them as “ancestral grounds” rather than ruins. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 11th century!
This shaft of light coming through the ceiling was cool! A tourist was throwing sand into the path of it, as you can see in the second photo below…
After leaving there, we drove on to Durango. The drive was nice…the skies were blue and the rock formations varied in colors of pink, salmon, beige and brown. We stopped at the grocery and then arrived at our VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) in the Cascade Village Resort, located 30 minutes north of Durango. We got a great deal…$55 per night! I made us a drink with Vodka and Mango Martini mix…so we named it the “Durango Mango…I want to Tango” martini. While sitting on the patio soaking up the clean pine sky, we met some neighbors and spent an hour or two talking. Two lovely couples – Craig, Steve, Sandy and Kay. They gave us a tour of their beautiful condos.
It was a great start to our trip!
I’ve been to Colorado and New Mexico, snow-skiing, but never in the summer and not to these areas…so I was looking forward to the trip!