Rain, rain, and more rain was on the menu during our time in Southwest Colorado and mother nature delivered. The sound of rain droplets exploding on the roof of the Rambler was the norm during our June 8th-13th stay in Colorado. I had one simple question for the weather gods, “Where the hell was all this moisture this winter?” The winter of 2014/2015 was dismal at best, with the most inconsistent and lackluster snowfall on record. Fortunately our good friends (and former Park City residents) Brad and Kristina Fox provided us a place to stay during our time in Durango. Their hospitality was second to none offering us our very own bathroom and free parking in their driveway! Brad and Kristina live on a 5 acre lot just 10 minutes to downtown Durango with stunning views into New Mexico, it is quite the oasis. The one catch is there one bedroom home shares it’s space with the kitchen so only those living in a van or camper have a place to sleep. It was perfect and we spent much of our time in Durango making modifications to the Rambler and just “hanging out” after our “8 Days in the Desert.”
We were a little discouraged with the constant rain forecast but did manage to mountain bike Horse Gulch in Durango just before the rain came pouring down. Scratching our heads trying to figure out plans for the next few days we decided to head to Mesa Verde National Park since rain should not effect our ability to see this amazing park. Mesa Verde is home to the Cliff Dwellers, previously known as the Anasazi Indian Tribe but ancestors of the tribe call themselves “Ancient or Ancestral Puebloans” since Anasazi is a Navajo term which means “enemy ancestor.” While at Mesa Verde we visited both Balcony House and Cliff Palace which were both impressive communities given the location of the housing plot.