Monday, June 29, 2015

Camp Bores: Durango Down Town

Our campground has an entrance to the Colorado Trail, which I am learning is similar to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT - any WILD fans?), only the CO trail runs from Mexico to Canada and over the Continental Divide. Anyway, in addition to the trail it also has a way-too-long dirt road that MrB has been eyeing since we first arrived. So today he drug me out of bed to explore it.

Seven miles in, we found the "Animas Lookout", right in the middle of the most beautiful forest. Seriously, it's the way I imagine fairy gardens would look and feel, if I were a fairy. #oddcomparrison #picturesdontdoitjustic

After making my husband end his dirt road journey earlier than planned, we headed to Downtown Durango. At the recommendation of good friends, we grabbed some lunch at Oscars Diner - a place the locals love. Andddd now a place the tourists love too. My favorite part: the replica Durango Railway toy train that travels around the diner and their home-made banana cream pie. Next time I am NOT sharing. 

By afternoon, we had full bellies and wanted a nap. However, we rallied long enough to visit Ska Brewery, only to follow it up with an iced coffee from Steaming Bean Coffee - a place I would never leave if I lived here. 

With a little caffeine in our veins we continued our day strolling the shops and taking a self guided tour of the historic Strater Hotel. If we didn't already have reservations in the woods, I would have asked to sleep there. 

Our final two stops of the day were Elmoro and Steamworks Brewery. Locals that we met on the train yesterday recommended Elmoro and we're so glad they did. Had they not, we probably never would have stopped. The bar is built against an old brick wall with cheese graters as lights and a rolling ladder resting at one end. We ordered gin drinks that weren't on the menu (Tuxedo and Southside) and toasted under the many amazing Edison bulbs overhead.

And Steamworks, well that was on the to-do list before we even arrived. Good beer, cool place. 

Monty was so excited to see us when we returned, can you tell? Yeah right, he has throughly enjoyed looking out the window in the air conditioned camper. #spoiledpup

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