2018 June week 2 and 3

We arrive at Westcliffe, CO between the Wet Mountains on the east and  the Sangre de Christo Mountains to the west. The population on the sign reads 548. This is the county seat. A little crowded but we had  a campground about 3 miles out of town. The drought was evident as hay in the fields were short. Ranchers are not harvesting and letting Cattle ranchers come and graze in the fields. Small RV park with 34 sites. Beautiful views but with the Durango fire we did have a couple of smoky days.

We had to tour the area so with the sun shining we took the top down and went to a country backroad drive. Slightly dusty and windy but beautiful ranches and Deweese Lake.

While here we traveled to Mission: Wolf which is a rescue sanctuary for wolfs and wolf/dogs. Currently home to 34 or35 animals. We got to site in an enclosure with a couple of the ambassadors. They greet accept and move on. While the visit is free we did adopt one of the wolfs, Aria, for the next year.

Another trip included Bishops Castle. This has been worked on since I believe the late 70’s. I had not been  there for about 8 -10 years. What progress has been made. From there we traveled on the last unpaved state highway (72) into the town of Beulah Lunch at the Beulah Inn. wonderful conversation with the owner/cook. The food was excellent as well.

Westcliffe is one of the 14 dark sky communities in the world. The small observatory hosted a public event one evening while we where there. Besides  the craters of the moon there was a viewing of Saturn rings and some of the stars. It was a partially cloudy evening so not as much viewing as they had hoped for.

It was a great place  to recover and get  ready for the next few months. Planning and reservations where made. Mostly in the morning and evenings when internet and cell service was not so spotty.

Two weeks of rest and relaxation. Now recuperated and ready to travel north we packed it up and hit the road.

Did I forget to mention the farm fresh eggs? Delicious

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wolf/dogs. Currently home to 34 or35 animals. We got to site in an enclosure with a couple of the ambassadors. They greet accept and move on. While the visit is free we did adopt one for the next year.

Another trip included Bishops Castle. This has been worked on since I believe the late 70’s. I had not been  there for about 8 -10 years. What progress has been made. From there we traveled on the last unpaved state highway (72) into the town of Beulah Lunch at the Beulah Inn. wonderful conversation with the owner/cook. The food was excellent as well.

Westcliffe is one of the 14 dark sky communities in the world. The small observatory hosted a public event one evening while we where there. Besides  the craters of the moon there was a viewing of Saturn rings and some of the stars. It was a partially cloudy evening so not as much viewing as they had hoped for.

It was a great place  to recover and get  ready for the next few months. Planning and reservations where made. Mostly in the morning and evenings when internet and cell service was not so spotty.

Two weeks of rest and relaxation. Now recuperated and ready to travel north we packed it up and hit the road.

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