Friday, July 17, 2009
Day 11, Alamosa
Today is Friday, and we're in Alamosa CO. The prime purpose of today's journey was to visit Madge & Larry Harrah at their 'cottage' in Platoro, CO, elevation 9760. But first, we stopped in Chama NM to take a look at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR making up their daily train. Then it was up a long gravel (speaking generously) road to Platoro. This was a gold/sliver mining community off and on from around 1900 (I think) until 1970s, when the mine flooded.
Platoro Reservoir is America's highest man-made lake, not real big but very scenic. They bought us lunch at the local lodge - rustic indeed. When we left, another long drive on gravel roads past 12,000 ft mountains. Scenic, of course. The San Juan mountains are volcanic in origin so Sandra picked up some rocks. I hope that's the last of the rocks as we're running out of space for them.
Tonight in Alamosa we ate a Mexican buffet dinner at Cavillo's. We're stuffed. Highly recommend it if you ever visit Alamosa.
Tomorrow, it's on to Taos, Cimarron and after that I'm not sure.