When we left Salida (about two weeks ago), we made it about 60 miles south and stayed a night in the parking lot of Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area.
It was really nice and we saw lots of waterfowl. However I got really horrible pictures, like this one of some American Avocets.
The next day we climbed over Wolf Creek Pass, where there are actual snowsheds.
We stretched our legs with a short hike to Treasure Falls.
Then we drove through Pagosa Springs, a very touristy town with lots of hot spring resorts along the San Juan River.
We don't do hot springs, but the area has some fine hiking and public land to park on. We found a spot, then took the car to meet up with some of our Mesa winter neighbors who summer in the area. Charles is one of those Renaissance men who can do anything. One day he saw a program on tree houses and decided to build one for when the grandkids come to visit. So cute.
And he demonstrates his artistic side by making chain saw sculptures.
When we returned to the rig, the sky was gorgeous, although it might have been because of the controlled burning in the area.
I really hate those controlled burns, but I guess that's better than uncontrolled burns.