Slow and Steady
I lead a conga line of frustrated, impatient drivers down Farmington Hill on Hwy 550 into Durango at the end of my 3rd travel day. I am proud that I maneuver this curvy, steep mile slowly enough to avoid using my brakes until the stop sign or running off the mountainside (especially that last thing).
However when I park at the campground and look back into the RV, the scattered furniture resembles the aftermath of driving the RV on the Grand Prix at full speed. Yet another thing that a passenger is handy for – gathering up all the debris after a rough section of road.
An Aspen Hike with Michele
After I get the RV set up and recover from my travels, Michele guides me to a hike to the Animas River on the Purgatory Flats Trail. This crazy scenic trail is an easy 2 mile hike down to the river. Near the beginning of our hike on this narrow trail, two young men carrying kayaks over their heads pass us. Like everyone else we meet along this trail, they ask if we are gonna be OK. I begin to wonder what we don’t know about this hike. They are just getting ready to launch when we finally reach the river and are very obliging when I ask if I can take pictures of their adventure.
I learn as we begin our return to the Jeep why our fellow hikers are so concerned about us. While this rocky, forested path thrills us with aspen, colombine and mountain views going out, the grueling 14 mile climb back to the top requires MANY gasping rest stops. The only view I get on my ascent is of the rocks in front of my feet which refuse to lift high enough to avoid tripping on said rocks. Yes, we take the same path back up, but the vertical distance substantially lengthens our journey. Grab some water, put on your virtual hiking shoes and scroll through the pictures below to take a trip through the forest with Michele and me.