Four Corners – Wolf Creek Pass and Home Grown Delights

6 Aug

We left Alamosa, Colorado and headed west on Highway 160. This took us through towns like Monte Vista and Del Norte. It was one of those days on a road trip where you are just trying to get from one place to another. I drove and looked at the scenery. My wife rode shotgun and looked at the scenery. The girls read, listened to music and occasionally looked at the scenery.

We made our way into the mountains and into a landscape that most people think about when they think of Colorado. The road was almost straight up as we made our way through Wolf Creek Pass.

At the time, I did not know that was its name. The other day, I was at Rotary and was telling one of my table mates about the trip. When I said that we drove from Alamosa to Durango, he said that we went through Wolf Creek Pass and that he had ridden a bicycle through it. I immediately thought about the cyclists that we saw and how miserable they looked.

We were cruising along when I realized that we went by the marker of the Continental Divide. Of course, that gave me the chance to explain what that was to the girls. I was bummed that we did not stop, but that made me determined to stop at the next place.

Crossing the divide meant that we were heading down, and that meant driving down a steep road instead of up one. As we came upon a curve, I noticed a sign for a scenic view and whipped the car into the parking area. When we got out, this is what we saw.image-33

There was a trail that led to a rock outcropping on which my wife and stepdaughter did not want to venture. They were fine behind the fence. However, I could tell that my stepdaughter’s friend wanted to go, and that gave me the excuse to go, too.

It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. When people think of the West, they may think about cacti or mesas or plains covered with buffalo. I think about all of that, but I also think about places like this.

It brought to mind Centennial, the miniseries from the 1970s. At the end, Merle Haggard sang “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado.” At that moment, I could think of no place that I would rather be.

We continued driving to Pagosa Springs, a town that I thought would be a good place to stop and explore. However, the girls wanted to keep going. We got a snack and chugged along.

Finally, we made it to Durango, and cool town in the southwestern corner of the state. After some spirited discussion over who was going to get what room, we ate at the Irish Embassy Pub and walked the streets filled with shops of many kinds. There was one place in particular that caught my wife’s eye.

We had already discussed the fact that marijuana is legal in Colorado, and we had wondered if there was a store in Durango. Suddenly, my wife looked across the street and saw a place called Eolus. It had a sign that said Home Grown. She immediately said that it had to be a marijuana store. We crossed the street to find that it was the nicest restaurant in town with a menu of locally grown ingredients.

It looked fancy, but the food could not have been as good as the Bangers and Mash I had at pub. After more walking and shopping, we made our way back to the room. The next day, we had to get up bright and early for something that I have always wanted to do.

11 Responses to “Four Corners – Wolf Creek Pass and Home Grown Delights”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong August 7, 2016 at 00:10 #

    And epic road trip. I’m envious.

    • Rick August 7, 2016 at 02:52 #

      There’s more to come.

  2. Andrew Petcher August 7, 2016 at 11:45 #

    I didn’t know you had bangers and mash in USA!

    • Rick August 7, 2016 at 13:41 #

      It’s not a typical dish. It’s only served at themed places like the Irish Embassy Pub.

      • Andrew Petcher August 7, 2016 at 13:46 #

        Bangers and Mash with onion gravy is big in UK & Ireland. So many sausages to choose from as well!

  3. sittingpugs August 7, 2016 at 13:17 #

    That is indeed an amazing view. It’s almost like a painting.

    • Rick August 7, 2016 at 13:41 #

      It was a lot better in person.

      • sittingpugs August 7, 2016 at 14:21 #

        What did the air smell like?

      • Rick August 7, 2016 at 19:26 #

        It smelled clean.

  4. frontrangescribbles August 8, 2016 at 03:35 #

    One of the many wonderful sights we have here in CO

    • Rick August 8, 2016 at 18:04 #

      There are a lot of them.

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