Autumn in Colorado

A few weeks ago I took a trip West to Durango, CO to spend some time with my friend Lynnie and to get a much-needed dose of fall.

It was somewhat fortuitous timing because she was on furlough due to the shutdown, so she didn’t have to work while I was there (and she spent a lot of time making delicious muffins and other baked goods instead). YAY! I arrived the afternoon of October 2. We started things off right with a late lunch at Steamworks Brewing Co. We spent some time chilling out, and then that evening we met up with several of her friends for a lovely run/hike at Falls Creek, which is just outside of town. Spoiler alert: we went hiking every day! Durango people are cool like that!

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On Thursday we hiked up the Animas Mountain trail starting from, get this, Lynn’s front door! That’s right. We walked out of her front door and up a mountain. Too cool. It was about three miles out and back, and there were lovely panoramic views of the town.

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Friday we took a drive out to La Plata Canyon to see some pretty leaves. We hiked around a bit and took some photos, and then we headed back to town in time to meet up with a bunch of friends for dinner at Norton’s and some delicious mac-n-cheese!

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Spell-check can’t help everyone

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The future Clapp homestead

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Saturday morning we met up with Tonya and Clayton, with whom we hiked the Grand Canyon back in March, for a day in the desert. We had lunch at the Farm Bistro in Cortez, which is a wonderful “farm to table” restaurant. Then we hiked up to see Pueblo ruins in the side of the mountains in Sand Canyon and later topped the day off with a wine tasting at nearby Sutcliffe Vineyard.

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Sunday I hiked with Lynnie and Tonya to Spud Lake. The hike was absolutely gorgeous. There were tons of beautiful autumn colors in the Aspens, green Spruces, and a mountain lake! After working up an appetite there we went to Ouray, where we had a late lunch at Maggie’s Kitchen and then stopped in at the Weisbaden Hotel for a soak in the hot springs.

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On Monday Lynn and I went big and drove to Silverton for a hike up to Ice Lake. This one was the most intense, and I even had to battle some elevation sickness to make it up (we gained 2,430 ft to reach 12,270 ft by the end), but it was a great 7 mile hike to see these beautiful, deep-blue colors.

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10.07.2013_Durango_0072Tuesday, due to some slightly poor planning, Lynn caught a flight to the East coast. I dropped her at the airport and then spent some time at the Durango library. They had a great outdoor patio overlooking the river that runs through town, and after hanging out there for a bit I found the river trail and took a nice walk along the water to check out the train.

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There you have it! On Wednesday I caught my flight and headed home to see my boys!

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3 thoughts on “Autumn in Colorado

  1. I’m a little behind on the times here but WOWZA! I guess when you’re surrounded by all that beauty you don’t pay attention to grammar as a squeegee bucket sign maker. Why was that lake do darn clear?! Totally awesome!

  2. Pingback: Fourteen! inches of powder | Susan Clapp Photography

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