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Old 08-21-2009   #241
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I think it might be a banana yucca.

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Thank you!! I think some old lady said something with "Yucca" as well as I took that photo :)
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22nd of June
Day 10


A four day trip to Durengo was on the plan and so we, Madre, Weasel, Hamana, our parents and I drove off in the early morning hours, heading to the south-western corner of Colorado. HockeyMom gave us her van again as we were way to many to drive in a normal car. Too bad PunkTinkerBell had some classes those days and wasn't able to come with us.

We had a nice trip and made it in a good time down to Durengo *cough* Weasel was speeding *cough*. We passed some awesome landscapes on our way, Denver changed to mountains, mountains changed into woods, woods transformed into plains and plains modified back to Mountains.. and so on. I love the Rockies.

We didn't stopped often this time, unfortunately, except to restock our traveling fare (a.k.a. Sweets) in Fairplay (a.k.a. Southpark) and one more stop to cool our breaks down as we passed Wolf Creek Pass.






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The breaks of our van got weak while we drove down the Wolf Creek Pass and Weasel got problems to keep us below 60 mph. I asked if we could make make a stop at a lookout point (as I so loved the landscape over there) and it turned out to be a very good idea.

We stopped with steaming/smoking and smelling breaks at the parking lot and made a break for about 40 minutes so the breaks can cool down. It finally gave me a chance to take lots of photos.. and wow.. what a view. We made another short stop a bit below of the lookout point at a waterfall before we continued our way to Durengo.






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Ep. Ic.

Seriously, it would be difficult for some of those to be more epic. Well done!

My favorite would probably have to be a tie...between "In the rockies" and "Heating up." But "glorious view" is also quite...glorious. Yes.

Those are awesome. I will rep you. :D
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

It was even more epic to see in real. I could drive around there for ages. So much to see, so much.. way too much.

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23rd of June
Day 11


We, 'the tribe', needed to get up very early this day as we wanted to take a Balloon ride in Pagosa Springs. The sun was about to rise and everthing seemed to be still sleeping as we left our hotel. We were happy enough that the hotel staff gave us some food earlier so we could prepare us a little breakfast before the balloon took off.

The flight was fantastic but my head nearly set fire from the heat coming out of the gas burner. The balloon driver told us that there shall be ghosts in the Strata Hotel we slept in.. well.. that explains the snoring noises I heard the whole (!) night *Looks bleary-eyed to his family*

Anyways: The flight lasted about 30 minutes and we needed to help to pack the balloon after a second group had there tour.

Madre had the awesome idea to make a trip to the south-west corner of Colorado to see Four Corners; and it was breathtaking. We drove through an awesome landscape that changed from green mountains into desert from one moment to the other. We also passed little villages and gatherings of houses/cars/trailers you better don't get engine or fuel problems in.. I've seen bad movies that started like that.. and it never ended good for the tourists.

Okay, the area wasn't that bad ;-) It was interesting to see the variety of the U, S and A. I've seen 'white trash' Houses with more rusted cars and tractors that plants in the garden as well trailer parks of the natives. We listened to local radio stations on our way and got stopped a few times by road workers.. I was able to step out of the car while we was waiting for oncoming traffic and golly!.. what a heat.

We started our ride at maybe 65F and I opened the door for the first time with a surrounding temperature of 100 and more degrees.

We slowly made our way trough the desert and landscapes passed us that could have been out of a dream or be on the moon. The area looked a bit like I ever imagined Arizona and the Monument Valley to be and actually: just 60 more miles and we would have been there. Good I didn't knew back then, I would have cried ;)

I felt in love with that area. Maybe I'm happy enough to see it again some day.. I wonder how it would be in the winter.

We arrived at Four Corners that is in the middle of a heat glowing nowhere but surrounded by a nice (and empty) landscape so the presence of other German tourists didn't lowered my joy. (I hate to meet other German tourists ;-) ) ^_^

There where stalls around the point where the borders of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado meet where the Navaho's sold there jewelry and other native stuff as well as refreshing drinks. I didn't really checked there range of goods as I left our 'tribe' and walked a bit out into the desert alone to internalize the landscape.

We left the place again after a longer while and I asked to make another stop down at a river that we passed close to Four Corners. We parked the car and walked down to the 'San Juan River'. It kinda sucked that so many garbage was laying at the river close to the bridge. I can't understand why people just throw there garbage out of there cars.

I left the garbage behind me and took a little foot bath.. refreshing, even if the water was a bit warm and yellow from the desert. I recognized later, that the river is flowing together with the Colorado River. So a little part of me made its way through the Grand Canyon and into Lake Mead next to Las Vegas.. Take that! Sinners!! ^_^

We drove back home but not without stopping at an 'Native American' Casino. Most tried there luck with a very few dollar and I got me free drinks without even gambling. Ha! Sinners!

After a few hours of driving, a rainstorm and another little stop at a jewelery we finally came back to Durengo. There I split with the rest of 'the tribe' and took my own walk through the city, beside the touristic and crowded main street to see the 'normal' America.






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This had been sixty and one more photos out of the sixhundred and four I took that day. ^_^

I had such an hard time with sorting and the update took me ages, especially the uploading process. The landscape had been way to awesome.
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24th of June
Day 12
Six months till Christmas

This day we wanted to take a ride with those old historic trains up to Silverton. We went down to the station after we had some nice breakfast and mounted our train. We all had a seat in a open panoramic wagon in the first class and it was awesome. It had been the first time ever that I had a seat in the first class (Thank you!) and so I enjoyed the ride with the smell of a steam engine in my nose, lots of free drinks and a hot chocolate in my hand and the gorgeous landscape of the rocky mountains passing me. (Thank you Madre!)

We arrived in Silverton after a few hours where we split up and explored the village and its tourist traps.. err.. shops. The village was all in all lovely and offered much too see. I would have loved to stay a bit longer but our train wouldn't have waited for us.

I went into some old diner to get myself something to eat. The diner wasn't that fancy like others (or any) but it actually had been exactly like I ever imagined a diner in America. It's really hard to describe but I liked the feeling the diner gave me. It had been one of those that could have been out of the 80, a bit cold but friendly, people eating, talking and siting around. A older couple took a seat on my place which I got into a conversation as well.

The sky got darker and some thick clouds showed up. It started to rain a bit as I left the diner to take a few last photos before we meet up again to get back into the train. The rain got more and more intense as we took our seats in the open panoramic wagon (that had a glass roof though). It wasn't that bad in the drenching rain as we all got a warm blanked and lots of hot chocolate.

The weather got better shortly and so we were also able to enjoy the ride down, back to Durengo. I left the tribe again and took a little hike through the city as we arrived . I got some gifts for Foxy and PunkTinkerBell and took a walk through the normal residential area with all its Victorian houses later. The area was pretty nice but I didn't took much photos as it was way to much to get on a single photo *sighs*

The night was coming soon and so I went back to the Hotel where a few of visited the hotel bar again to have a beer and to relax a bit. I also got some problems/pain with/in my hip joint. Strange.. I still get this sometimes after hikes lately. :/

Too bad it was the last day we had been in Durengo, there were much more to be seen, I really enjoyed our little trip up into the mountains and through Colorado.






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This had been 60 photos, next update will have less photos*, promised!

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Those are gorgeous! And some are downright gorge-ous! (Sorry.)

No, really, those are all very enjoyable to view. Epic landscapes, those are, and well captured, at that. And I love all the ones of the train. The "mountain stream," "tempting lake," and "mountain village" (the one of the street) are probably my favorites of the batch. :) Oh, and the black and whites are perfect, as ever. :p

I'm not sure what you could rename those two, though; maybe something straightforward, like "Man In Diner" or "Man Ordering at Diner"? And maybe "House Between Trees" for the other? Basic, straightforward titles seem to work, indeed.

But yes, those are lovely (all the ones I saw, anyway; no doubt more will load later, when my computer is feeling less inexplicably disgruntled. ).
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Few things are as majestic as storms gathering across a desert. Really enjoyed the clouds and twister. We once saw the begin and end of a double rainbow driving through the Texas panhandle.
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[Here]. I might upload a better version on DA, in a while.

Thank you Rachel and MDL for the nice comments :D

That isn't a Twister in my photo, just a 'ordinary' dust devil but I was more then happy to see one and to photograph one but I would love to see a real tornado one time in my life; With some distance though.

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25th of June
Day 13
The day MJ died

We needed to drive back to Denver this day, unfortunately, but we planned to drive a 'little' detour to see the Great Sand Dune. They were a bit off our route and I really wanted to go there since I thought that I (and did) recognized them on our way to Durengo as big yellow spot on the horizon.

We came there after a few hours of driving and there were indescribably. Big tall dunes at the end of a giant valley right in front of the Rocky Mountains. Weasel and me planned to storm the dunes; to hike up to the top and so we I got my stuff together (lots of water, my camera and some sunglasses (Wee! I got sunglasses!)). It was easy to walk the first while as clouds threw a shadow on us but it turned out to be a forced march through the lose march up the slopes of the dunes as the sun came through again.

Well, I didn't made it up. Too bad. Sucks.. I missed something namely a great view, as I've seen on GoogleEarth (coordinates: 3744' N /10531' W).

On our way up, my hip joint started to hurt again; something strange I got on the day before. Every step up wards caused more and more pain and so I decided (*sighs*) to stop so Weasel can continue his way alone.

I made a long break on my position, that was maybe halfway (or a bit closer) to the top of the highest dune around where took dozen of photos of the dunes before I walked down again.

I met up with Madre and my father after a while that hiked a bit as well ans we went back down to a tiny creek that was on the bottom of the dunes; a little oasis that many family's used to let there kids splash in. We three got into a sand storm on our way down the slopes of the dunes as a rainstorm were approaching. The sand got twirled up to my hips and to my face sometimes, so I needed to be very careful with my camera if I wanted to take photos. We needed to walk back wards often, as it started to hurt on the skin and in the face when the storm got to strong.

We made it down after a while and refreshed us at/on/in the creek with a few bottles of beer.. well.. except me. They drank everything and didn't left be a bottle. *sighs* Wars started like that. Well.. I used the time to hike down the creek a bit and back before we got back to the car as the thunderstorm hit us. It must have been around the time as Michael Jackson died and so we continued to drive back to Denver through some heavy rainstorm with awesome lightnings around us. I would have given everything for a tripod and a dry place outside of the car.. :/

We got hungry soon and so we tried to find a restaurant or something like that, but most of the tiny villages we passed were way to small or not inspiring confident(?).

We finally came into a bigger village named Walsenburg, a tiny country village/city that didn't looked very fancy but won my heart, somehow, just by driving through. We got into a restaurant that didn't really matched to the village as it tried to be very fancy with lots of warning signs to behave. We were the sole guests that toned to the village again. We ordered our food and I got asked if I wanted to have a super salad (soup or salad) while Weasel discovered that someone died, using his mobile. He asked us "Guess who died today?" and so a happy death-trivia started till my mom got the right answer: Micheal Jackson. It was already the 26th in my normal time zone and so I can officially say that he died on my birthday.

We continued our way, passed interesting landscapes, Pueblo and Colorado Springs till we arrived in Denver and PunkTinkerBell took me into a club to celebrate into my birthday. (Thanks again to all!)

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Wow. I googled the coordinates of the Great Sand Dunes you provided. That looks amazing. Like a vast beach with no ocean.

Almost like the small dunes that surround the Morris Island lighthouse on Folly Beach, which would be quite the miniature version, especially at a low spring tide when the moon is at perigee.

I wish I had a better picture of the Morris Island lighthouse to show the large mass of miniature dunes that exist around it.



Here is a picture where you can kinda see where the dunes are below the water's surface.



And an example at low tide:



(Didn't mean to hijack your pictures thread Christian, I was just reminded of a local historical monument.)

Anyway, what kind of tree is that all alone in that one picture?
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Looks nice, but ain't that sand banks, and not dunes?


I could have bitten my own ass, after I've seen The Great Dunes using GoogleEarth. I didn't thought they are that big. I would have loved to keep hiking in there and to see them from a higher point.
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