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Cross Country Trip (Day 9) – Pagosa Springs, CO

Today we finally began our real adventure

When we started out on this trip, our biggest goal was to see the north western United States. When it comes to the west, we had been in the southern most states across the country, as well as Nevada and California, but had never been anywhere north of them. We wanted to see the mountains and all the beauty we have always heard about.

A sample of the scenary we drove into today.

A sample of the scenary we drove into today.

Up until today, our trip had covered places we had been before, and quite honestly, nothing real impressive in regards to the scenery. We had some really nice visits with family and friends along the way, and an interesting side-trip into Dallas, but we had not yet started on our goal of visiting new territory.

Well today changed all that. We left Santa Fe, New Mexico (somewhere we had been before) and made it into southern Colorado for the first time. Needless to say, we’ve started to discover new scenery and wow...it’s made the whole trip so far (including that long drive across Texas) worth it!

As we drove up from Santa Fe, the mountains kept growing in the distance. As we got into Colorado we not only started seeing some pretty big mountains, but they were snow capped! Something we’ve only seen a couple of times before in our lives.

High 60s down here, but snow in the mountains.

High 60s down here, but snow in the mountains.

We spent the day with one of my best friends from college who has a home in the mountains out here. He played tour guide and drove us through the nearby national forest giving us a great start to the biggest goal of our trip.

Tomorrow we head northwest without a specific plan. We want to make it to Vancouver in the next week, but have no destinations or schedule between here and there. Time to have some fun!

We stayed in a nice private campground along the river south of town. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
Click here to view our personal review of Blanco River Campground

May 12, 2016 - Pagosa Springs, CO

May 12, 2016 - Pagosa Springs, CO