05/20/2006: Day 7: On to Pagosa Springs
(I wasted too much time fighting with my website, so decided to go back to Day 6 and write up Canyonlands and Dead Horse Pt later. The big job will be selecting and processing a manageable number of pictures from the 300 or so taken by Karen, John, and myself. Fortunately, only about 100 are worth showing and describing).
After the third night in Jade and John's trailer up on the Colorado Plateau (most of which is in Utah), we are now driving off of the Colorado Plateau and heading eastward again.
After a nice brunch, and an introduction to the Pumpkin Carriage, their about-town 3-wheeler, we got on the road at 1:00.
South and east, with a short bight of route 666 (the 6th feeder highway for Rt. 66, but recently renamed to the less interesting 491). Back into Colorado. We zipped past Cortez because the Silver Bean was closed for the weekend, and past Durango, where the Silverton line was smokily being guided into its parking spot for the night. You can read about and see pictures of our previous stops in these places here.
We took a scenic side road to Dolores, CO, but otherwise, a fairly direct route to our destination. It was a nice drive back up into Colorado, and we stopped in Pagosa Springs so that we could experience sulphuric waters of the hottest natural hot sping in the world. Tomorrow.
You can find out more about the springs themselves here: www.PagosaHotSprings.com