Last Friday I’d been indoors working on my computer most of the day when I looked out the window and saw these amazing clouds zipping by, the wind was gusting upwards of 40 mph. I grabbed my camera, drove up to a lookout above Durango and created a cloudscape photo series. I took one photo every minute for two glorious hours. The air was fresh and clean, the view….I have no words so the video will have to do the talking for me. I didn’t even mind when my hat blew away. That’s when I decided that my objective for the weekend was — Stay Outdoors.
Saturday morning we went out for breakfast, then took a leisurely stroll through the Durango Farmer’s Market.
It’s a big market, dozens of vendors.
The train went by, it really does go ‘chooga-chooga-chooga-chooga.’
Serious Delights. Knock knock.
Justin time for pastries.
Why o why I decided to have breakfast before the market……well, that won’t happen again.
The Fired Up Pizza tent with an oven that heats to over 700 degrees (F) and bakes a delicious pie in no time. Gluten free pies too.
James Ranch artisan cheese, I know you well. You’re always in my fridge. The one in the upper left has cumin seeds.
Bread. That’s the name of their bakery. Motto: Bread not Bombs.
They’re all tasty, I’ve had the Sow Your Oats and it’s a knock out.
This mountain lift bar, I get it. You’re in the mountains on a bike trail, you need a snack. Something chewy and chunky with great flavor and a protein boost. This’ll do just fine.
Live music, the band was fantastic. I didn’t get their name, so if anyone knows please give me a jingle.
They had a captive audience.
We bumped into Mr.D’s friend, SnapShot. The flowers were from her friend’s garden. The odds of someone having a garden in Durango are eight out of ten. Eight have one, two are thinking about starting one. Snapshot said she’d just bought these beautiful beets……
……..from Bangas Farm.
We showed up late, so some of the produce had been picked over. But there were still lots of vendors with greens, spring mixes. And this arugula from Homegrown Farm.
Starter plants from Adobe House Farm.
It looks like an abstract painting, but really……
……it’s a detail from one of Red Cliffs Pottery’s bowls. These have the suspended smaller dish inside. The artist, Sean, said that a woman ordered this design from him, so he made about seven to give her a nice selection. She never showed up. He sold all of them that day and has been making them ever since. So thank you Mystery Lady.
Wood cutting boards, candle holders, wooden spatulas. Each hand carved, pieced together. I didn’t get their card, if anyone knows who they are please share. (Are they Gallery H Woodwork?)
homemade soaps and lotions and potions.
Is this the most healthy cracker you’ve ever seen in your life? Flaxseed. The dip is dandelion pesto. From Turtle Lake Refuge raw foods. I have these crackers, and every time I eat one I feel like I’ve just made up for another french fry after-effect.
If you feel you’ve overindulged, just go over to the Turtle Lake tent and pedal yourself a shot of wheatgrass.
Next on our outdoor all weekend list was the Durango Motor Expo, a short walk from the market to Main Avenue downtown. Follows are a few that caught my eye………….
1956 T Bird
1967 Chevy Nova
(1938?) Pierce Arrow. How our presidents used to roll.
Original Woody 1946 Slumber teardrop trailer.
We drove up the Animas Valley to James Ranch, to sit on their grassy terraced lawn. Can you blame us for asking them to adopt us?
I’d received an email that they were making ice cream from their grazing Jersey cow’s milk. And not only cage free but ‘run all over the ranch to your heart’s content’ chicken’s golden yolk eggs. With……that’s right, organic currants. In recyclable containers. You see there are two spoons? Well, Mr.D is playing a joke here…….
………because he is well aware of my irrational fear of wooden flatware. Don’t know why but I just can’t do it. Never ever. But getting back to the ice cream, they have vanilla and chocolate too. It’s the creamiest most decadent best.
On Sunday we picnicked south of town along the Animas River, to watch the white water rafters.
And river surfers / paddle boarders.
Thank you for viewing our lovely Outdoor Weekend in Durango! xoAmy
River Rafting info……well I haven’t gone on a river trip yet so I don’t know who to refer you to. So I’d suggest looking at reviews online.
The Animas River Walk info here. Seven mile walk along the river, across train tracks, over bridges. Absolutely a must when in Durango.