Cross Country Trip (Day 09) – 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 scenery we drove into today.

A sample of the scenery 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

Denny Johnson

Denny Johnson

After having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp. 
 
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.
 
However, since moving to Tennessee, I've gotten involved with new hobbies (you can check some out on my personal website at https://www.softrite.com) and we haven't camped very much. So, at the end of 2023, I made the tough decision to stop updating this website.
 
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