Durango

6 12 2012

On my way from Colorado Springs to Phoenix, I drove through some of the most gorgeous scenery on the planet. Durango was a perfect place to stay over night and get a sense of the history of the area as well. It’s a mountain mining town, and reminds me of my own home town of Yreka, CA.

I stayed at the General Palmer Hotel, built in 1898 –

The Victorian decor and atmosphere was relaxing and charming.

In the morning, I took a stroll up Main St. to find the only cache within walking distance.
THE BLACK BOX

The architecture is a classic mix of old and new.

The buildings all have basements. I note this, because they are uncommon where I live in Southern California.

Along the street there are a number of plaques with photos of highlights of the town’s past.

I’m not sure if this place is there, or if there’s someone to take a reservation… ha.

Mountain view

Another beautiful historic hotel

Next time I’m in town, I’ll have to take the train through the scenery!

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train





Colorado, the Beautiful

29 11 2012

Driving from the cache at 11,200 feet to Durango was one of the most spectacular drives I’ve taken. After the days and days of flatness, it was a relief to be back in mountains, too, which is my natural habitat.

Vista Vows
Pillows aren’t for sleeping

trail at 11,200 ft

view through the trees

many valleys

wooded trail

a pullout with some history along with the view

a drove of donkeys

I always get a kick out of being at the Continental Divide – it’s an existential meeting of east and west, history and future, humidity and desert. Ha.

a rest area at the side of the road surrounded by loveliness

This vista point was the highlight of an already incredible drive!





The Jasmer Challenge

15 11 2012

The Jasmer Challenge (Northern California Edition)
This is one of the most difficult challenges to complete because of the rarity of the earlier caches, therefore, I was relieved to see that I could pick up my three remaining qualifying finds on my road trip this summer. The penultimate cache was Mingo, the oldest existing geocache, and the final one was placed later that summer in one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been.

I drove from Colorado Springs to Durango, and took a long detour to the Spanish Peaks. Several miles up a graded dirt road, I got to the trailhead and parked my Prius at 11,200 feet.

The cache is only about a half mile from parking, and the trail is mostly flat, so I knew I could accomplish the hike, even with no acclimation to the elevation.

I signed in at the trail head and struck out through the tall trees.

It was not just the scenery taking my breath away.

My goal was not to ascend the peak, but it was always in view.

The colors of some of the flowers were vibrant blue…

… and purple…

I’m glad it was a cloudy day, as the temperature was perfectly cool.

The cache was surrounded by ducs, but I’m not sure if they all were put there by geocachers.

THIS is the view from the cache.

A photo is clearly not sufficient.

I spent about a half hour up there, enjoying some salami and cheese and the surrounding spectacularness.





Geocaching Colorado Style!!

25 04 2009

I got to sing a concert with Sixth Wave in Greeley, Colorado, this week, at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, and I’m two days late in posting, because the hotel’s internet connection was down. Sheesh. The town also offers several late-night very loud train whistles and a remarkable pungency in the air from the local cattle industry! Wow….

greeley

I met up with some local cachers in the morning. We started out with a superlative home-cooked Mexican breakfast at Hope Mexican restaurant. There’s nothing like a meal cooked with love, and the couple that run the place really love what they do.

Here is my posse for the day:
Queen Zelda
queenzelda

Zoltig
zoltig

Team Laxon
teamlaxon

Queen Zelda was really excited to be the new keeper of the world’s weirdest travel bug, Uncle Elwyn!
Uncle Elwyn (Travel Bug Dog Tag)
qzwithunclee

We cached around the town for a baker’s dozen of finds:

The Curious Testamentary Trust of Cecil Walsh 05 – This series comes with a whole novel on the cache pages! I’ll have to actually read them all sometime….
First Try
Queen’s Cache
Cache Xing
85/34 Travel bug/Geocoin Hotel
Mondo’s On Every Corner #16
Drainage #1
Welcome To The Home Of mcminks
UNC #3-Hopper Sprout #1
UNC #5-Welcome To West Campus
Ivy League
I Like the Bears
UNC #4-Put me in Coach

Cache Auto:
cacheauto

Scenic Drainage:
drainage

Scenic L.P.:
sceniclp

Human GPSr, aka Team Laxon:
humangps

The piéce de resistance was the 4th one on that list, and I, not having a change of shoes and a performance to that night (!), got to be the official videographer and shot the following sequence to document the craziness:








We celebrated after all this hard work with a great lunch. I had corn & clam chowder with deep fried pickles. Oh yeah.
cornclamchowder

The Colorado adventures continue in next week’s blog with a trip up Pike’s Peak! Until then… cache on….