The Road Home – Colorado

30 July, 2010
Rat Fink

A double rainbow, in the Rockies near Durango. I refrained from having a freakout.
For those of you who’ve done it, you know there’s nothing quite like driving through the Rocky Mountains.

Instead of taking the interstate and backtracking, the Thriller got out the atlas and mapped out a more interesting route, winding through the Four Corners area and into the Rockies. Home run on that decision.

One thing was painfully clear to us. After driving through two major Indian reservations, it is no secret that the United States Government, in their infinite benevolence 150 years ago, gave the Navajo tribe the shaft. The Utes, for some reason, lucked out. They got the lush beauty of the San Juan mountain range, while the Navajo got the desert desolation.

Don’t get me wrong; both areas are beautiful, but when your livelihood depended on grazing areas and tillable soil…

Anyway, it was an amazing journey yesterday. We stopped at several national monuments and looked at gorgeous lands.

A definite highlight was pulling over during a rainstorm to get a photo of a mountain stream, elevation 13,000 feet. This must be what the Coors guys were talking about:

Today is exciting! Well, this morning is, anyway. We’re off to Denver from Pueblo, where we’re having brunch with good pal Jan. I haven’t seen her since…oh, 1988 or so? Fun, fun. Then we hit the road for 9 hours of lovely nothingness across Nebraska. Maybe we’ll meet a tornado or two along the way. That’d spice things up.

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RD
RD
30 July, 2010 11:33 am

I continue to really enjoy your travelogue and your pictures of the gorgeous sites you’ve seen. In 200o we were out west and wanted to do the four corners, but ran out of time. Glad you were able to see it. I hope Nebraska stays boring for you sans tornadoes. One of those would really throw your vehicle around! BTW, I’ve started using Chrome. Happy trails to you. ReplyRat Fink Reply:July 30th, 2010 at 12:09 pmThanks, RD! You really missed some nice stuff back in 2000. But we missed several places we wanted to see for the same reason: no… Read more »

BoomR
BoomR
30 July, 2010 11:50 am

GREAT pics, Fink! I **sooo** very much love Colorady – I miss my snow ski trips there for sure. Make sure to tell Jan “hi” for me & give her a big hug!

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Rat Fink Reply:

I sure will, sweetheart! One hour and counting till we hit Denver. I’ll give her your love!

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