On the Road With Doris & Ez

We're going on a road trip!!!! Could be three weeks could be three years, we'll see. Read below to see where we are now.....

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Chama, New Mexico - May 22 - 29

The next leg of our journey took us through some of the most beautiful scenery we've ever seen! We took the short trip from Durango to Chama with a couple we'd met in Durango - Mike and Florence - formerly from Massachusetts and now full-time motorhomers like us.

In Chama we had our most spectacular camping spot so far - right on the banks of the Rio Chama! I'm sure we won't often be so lucky! We did some fishing along the river and enjoyed walking through the woods and checking out the wildlife. Saw deer and some new birds to add to our life list. There were lots of hummingbirds in the area, so we bought a couple of feeders in town and the little dive bombers kept us amused throughout our visit. A couple of nights we sat by the fire, sipped our wine and watched the stars come out - what a life!

Our daughter Jennifer Miller worked in this area a few years ago doing consulting with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, so we followed up on a few of her dining suggestions. One day we drove about 20 miles to Dulce, NM for lunch and tried the Jicarilla taco at the Best Western Hotel and Casino. Somewhat different than a Navajo taco, but delicious just the same. (Also dropped about $20.oo in the slots. . ) We also stoppped at the little taco stand in Chama for lunch one day and took a picture to send along to our restaurant critic!

Our biggest adventure in Chama was our trip on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. We were lucky enough to get tickets for the first day of the season. We'd taken the famous Durango-Silverton train some years ago, but we both agreed that this trip is more spectacular. After an hour bus ride to Antonito, CO, we spent the rest of the day on the return trip by train. Our seats were in the parlour car, but we could step out onto the open air viewing platform whenever we chose. That allowed for great views, but also meant smoke and soot when the wind blew the right way. We went over mountain passes, looked down steep cliffs, and crossed trestles that were over a 120 years old! The scenery was amazing. We stopped at one of the old train stations for lunch. We agreed that this was one experience we might want to do again - maybe in the fall when all the aspen are turning colors.

We were sorry to leave Chama - it was a beautiful, relaxing week next to the river. The hummingbirds were sorry to see us go as well. One little guy actually buzzed into the coach looking for his missing feeder! We gently shooed him out and went on our way. Next stop - Buena Vista, CO - in the center of the state. Check back for pictures later. .


Blogger Vegan Wannabe said...

Hi Doris and Ez,

It sounds like you trip is amazing! Hopefully you will pursue cool destinations over the summer. It is supposed to be 110 here today. Yep, Ez, I bet you don't miss all of those alarms going off in the afternoon. It should all be happening any minute today.

Now that Tom Milne has made me blog-worthy, I look forward to following your adventures.

Miss ya!


2:16 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Hi there. Sounds like you're having fun and are still in one piece! Great job keeping this updated so we can follow along between phone calls.
Looking forward to seeing the pics once you're able to download them. You know what they say about a thousand words......
Love you guys!
Todd and Steph

12:14 PM  
Blogger scuba steve said...

Ez you pirate! I hope you are finding some other unsuspecting golfers to flece! I hope doris is also keeping you in line!
I am glad you 2 are having a great time. keep on trucking. catch you later..

5:27 AM  
Blogger Big Jen said...

Hey you Crazy Kids! Sounds like you did Chama in style (but did you eat 14 tacos each at the taco stand?) It also sounds like the stress of leaving your sedentary life will soon be a distant memory. I'm so happy for you. Keep on keepin' on....

All Our Love - The Millers

7:39 AM  

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