After the heat and close-togetherness of Moab, we headed east to Durango where we met up with Tim and Amanda of Watsonswander.com for some quiet time. They had an awesome spot on a mountain between Mancos and Durango that was just what we needed — shaded and forested. And amazing Wifi. Oh, and we picked up about 100 tv channels — no kidding. It was the first time I got to watch any World Cup matches!

Don't ask us where this is, we couldn't tell you.

Don’t ask us where this is, we couldn’t tell you.

We definitely could’ve spent a lot more time here — the town was just our speed. A lot of nature, some good food, some bars, some stores… and a pretty laid back atmosphere. And they take their biking very seriously.

Very cool bike racks.

Very cool bike racks.

The Durango & Silverston Train also starts here. We went over to the museum and saw these guys turning around the engines to put them in the garage for maintenance. Real engineers, with real overalls covered in coal dust. It’s not just in the movies.

These guys had coal all over them.

Their overalls are that dark from coal.

We’ll definitely be back.

 

More FroYo. Are you sensing a theme?

More FroYo. Are you sensing a theme?

After Durango we headed east to parts unknown (we typically haven’t made any reservations a head of time on this trip). Our goal was to reach Lathrop State Park, but it was full so we headed to John Martin Reservoir State Park and I’m so glad we stayed there instead.

$20 will get you this. Including electric.

$20 will get you this. Including electric.

This park was huge, and almost completely empty. There are 30-ish spots that back up onto the lake, with a variety of hook up options, and then about 50 other spots spread out over acres of land. Even if it were crowded, you wouldn’t mind.

See the picnic table shelter off in the distance behind the Airstream? That's the closest spot.

See the picnic table shelter off in the distance behind the Airstream? That’s the closest spot.

And here’s the reservoir:

The reservoir has lights at night which make it look like a landing strip.

The reservoir has lights at night which make it look like a landing strip.

Also, we took about 100 photos of Colorado –we loved the drive on 160 going east — and can’t wait to get back to it again. One thing in particular caught our eye — a huge ranch along the San Juan Mountains that just kept going and going and going….. we jotted down the letters on the gate and found out its the Bootjack Ranch — the highest selling price for a residence in 2010. I BET they have RV hook-ups somewhere on that property….

The ranch is basically that entire valley.

The ranch is basically that entire valley.