Summer stories - Durango, CO

This was my first visit in Colorado - and it was exactly as I pictured it would be, green and gorgeous! The air was so crisp and smelled so good. I wish I could have bottled that smell in a jar to take home. It was quite refreshing to get a break from that summer desert heat and be back in the land of pine and trees. We camped at a campground right off the Animas River. Durango is a very small town but in the summer it does turn in to a tourist stop for white water rafting adventures and Mesa Verde National Park. I did spend one afternoon in the Mesa Verde Nat'l park to see the pueblos. We stayed two nights in this town. I got a lot of work done on this stay since there wasn't a whole lot to do and see in this town. It was quite enjoyable setting my work bench up on the riverside. Another memorable part of this town was dining at the Yardbird eatery. That place had the best fried chicken I've ever had, and coming from someone that doesn't usually like fried chicken - that is kind of a big deal! This cute little quaint restaurant is owned by a very sweet couple. We met one of them while we were there and she explained how everything is made in house from scratch including the corn bread, fried chicken, and I even splurged for desert to try the banana pudding. That meal was so good, we ended up eating there both nights on our stay. Here's a photo diary of my time in the sweet little town of Durango.