We stopped in Payson for a break to take in the Rim Country Museum and Zane Gray cabin and to enjoy the lake and green space that surrounds it.
On up the road and into the high country, our campsite in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forrest is surrounded by tall pines.
Dave relaxes in the cool mountain air at the Canyon Point campground.
An Abert's squirrel, cousin of the Kaibab squirrel that inhabits the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
This one was habituated to humans and came begging for handouts. I had dropped a pretzel piece which he quickly found.
We had another change of plans--this time due to hot weather and no hook ups at the Chinle AZ campground. A visit to Canyon de Chelly will have to wait.
On up through the reservation through Shiprock, the scenery is otherworldly.
The destination for the next three nights was Junction Creek, another Forest Service campground a few miles west of Durango CO. All the campsites were well separated. As with most forest camps there were pit toilets and water but no electricity. Junction Creek and the Colorado Trail were nearby.
Our secluded camp for three nights.
Durango is a busy place with a fun Main Street that features lots of shopping and places to eat. We parked in the high school parking lot and took the shuttle downtown. A fruit vendor near the parking lot caught our eye. We bought sweet cherries and apricots.
Up and over the high pass we skirt Silverton on our way to an RV park in Ouray CO.
A mine with tailings was featured at an overlook where we stopped on the road to Ouray.
A cascade through the narrow valley and under the bridge into Ouray.
One of the three red mountains our jeep driver pointed out to us. He does jeep tours in the summer and drives a snow cat at the Purgatory Ski Resort in winter.
We visited an abandoned mining town at the end of the jeep tour.
Glenwood Canyon CO
We were meeting friends for lunch in Walden CO and were surprised to have to slow and stop for two moose who jumped a fence and crossed the highway in front of us.
Marilyn and Tom Bryan graciously offered us a berth on their acerage near Laramie. They host a yearly 4th of July jam. We were happy to see them and many friends at their nearly finished home and to play music, eat pot luck and socialize.
Getting the microphones set up.
Warrie Means, Bill McKay, Brian PeelTom Bryan, Tom Wilhelm
Dave and unnamed elk
In spite of a few electrical difficulties, a nice sum was raised for Hospice and a good time was had by all.
Laramie hosts a July 4th celebration in Washington park with music, food, entertainment, games and free water, watermelon and ice cream! We took it in, setting our folding chairs up in the shade.
Picking at Bill's house.
Dave and Mae (Bill McKay's grandaughter) play a tune.Brian Peel keeps the rhythm. A fun 4th of July.
The Luci relocated for a few days respite to the Means ranch. We petted Taz and Lucie cat, helped Sherri replant her garden after a disastrous rain and hailstorm, did our laundry and took care of some other business in Laramie. Now we are ready for the next leg of our summer journey.