Thursday, August 14, 2008


After a very relaxing morning at Haviland Lake we once more loaded up the rig and ventured over Coal Banks Pass, elevation 10,640, and Molas Divide, elevation 10,910 on our way to Silverton. What a breath taking drive with incredible views which ever way you looked. We stopped at Molas to ‘smell the flowers’ and look at the 14,000 foot peaks surrounding us.

Two years ago Chuck and I and my sister Linda and her husband Richard had arrived in town on the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge train. We re-visited several spots that we had gone to then. This time we ate lunch at Natalia’s. The sign aside of Chuck reads, “Natalia’s is home to one of the oldest Bordellos in town built in 1883. Sorry, that service is no longer provided…but the food it great!” It was. One of the things we enjoyed on our visit was the colorful ‘painted ladies’ all around town. These were a few of the favorites.

Later in the afternoon we drove up the very steep road on the south side of the mountain facing Silverton and watched the train pull out on it’s return trip to Durango. What a panoramic site from up there!
Chuck had been reading on line about boondocking along the south mineral creek north of town and that it where we are now calling home, N37 49.280 W107 43.194. The hummingbird feeder is up and active, the 'lawn' is rolled out, we been out walking and have met our neighbors Bob and Sybil. Last night it got down to 39 degrees so this morning it was a tad chilly but the days are just glorious!

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