I hadn’t anticipated a side trip to Colorado during this southwest exploration adventure. But when a door opened I said YES please!
And when I was invited on a few snowshoes adventures of course I said YES please.
Trip 1 – Spud Lake
Trip 2 – Lime Creek
Trip 3 – Molas Pass
Even in the winter, Durango is an active community. We hiked and walked several trails including:
There is a very active hiking club in the Durango area for those 50+ called Seniors Outdoors (SO), currently about 400+ members strong! While I was visiting, a challenging snowshoe adventure was held with 19 members attending. Impressive!
With nearby Fort Lewis College, there are plenty of other opportunities to keep your mind occupied. For example they have a free Life-Long Learning series. While I was there, the college Environmental Center hosted a screening of the film, Wrenched, in celebration of Edward Abbey‘s 88th birthday. As a lover of the wilderness I was quite embarrassed to have not known previously of this environmental activist. His style was a bit too radical for my taste but I can see how sometimes it’s exactly what’s needed to motivate change. With this southwest trip, I’ve found a new beauty and am very glad that it was protected.
While I was visiting, the annual Snowdown winter festival was celebrated, with year’s theme Steam Punk. Watching the parade bundled for cold wet temperatures was a new experience for me. FUN? YES!
After a day of snowshoeing, we took a detour to the quaint town of Silverton. I learned many take the Durango-Silverton train deep into the wilderness areas during backpacking season for trailhead access. What a unique experience to be dropped off and picked up by a train.
Thanks to my outstanding hosts, Janet and Will, I experienced a great introduction to Durango. They were beyond fantastic! I can’t wait to return for a future visit and more exploration.