Durango, CO: 10/6 – 10/11/20

We both love the state of Colorado, and there is a particular draw to the town of Durango. Scott’s daughter is living there. It’s a bonus to get to see her while we play in this area. We stayed at Oasis RV Resort for the second time this year. We were here back in mid-April for almost six weeks while waiting out the impact of Covid-19 and staying put in one area. At that time, we were Oasis’ first and only customer to arrive on their Grand Opening Day of April 17. During our six weeks there, there were a handful of other campers as they were busy renovating a large section of the park. This time, they were more than half full. And, they had been fully booked all summer! We were given the same site as last time. The owners told us that they plan to completely redo this lower section to upgrade these sites like they did the rest of the park. Of course, their Pickle Ball Court was the main draw to stay here. We are totally enjoying this new sport!

We took a long drive on a gravel/dirt road through Aspen Trails in Mancos. It was so wonderful to see the dark, blue sky again – free of smoky haze.

Minor traffic jam

We hiked Centennial Peak Trail to Shark’s Tooth Pass. The hike began at 11,000’ elevation with Shark’s Tooth Peak at 12,462’.

I was not feeling so great today, and my breathing was heavy. We had been at much lower altitude for many months, and I guess I was feeling the effects of it. We ascended 968’ by the time we got to the pass. We sat down and took a rest before I decided to abort our hike to the peak. We hiked 3.27 miles round trip in 3 hours and 24 minutes, which tells you how slow we were moving.

“Autumn” snow higher up
We rested behind a man-made wall to get out of the chilly wind.

On our way home, we stopped the truck and walked across a cow’s pasture to take a few more pictures of the dazzling yellow aspens. I absolutely love to watch these leaves shimmering in the sun beneath a blue background. I don’t like walking through a cow’s pasture. Ewwww. Watch your steps!

Zoom in for proof of cow’s pasture or just focus on the trees.

Our second and last hike before we left this area was with Molly on Saturday, when she didn’t have to work. Why can’t everyone be retired like us? It was “another” beautiful day. This is an easy hike with plenty of switchbacks, offering great views of Durango along the way. We found it to be a great, short cardio work out.

The beginning of Skyline Trail
View at about the halfway mark
View from the peak

Once again, we said goodbye to Molly and Durango. Next stop, Heber City, Utah!

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