We left Nederland in the late morning on Saturday, one of our original ideas was to leave Friday night and make the long push down to the ranch after putting in a full day. We ditched that idea and decided to start our trip in a relaxed way. Causal cappuccinos from the Giotto and some last minute preparations and we hit the road around 11 am. My bug round up from earlier in the week had us stopping in Chaffe County outside of Poncha Springs, for a cache and bug drop. One of the 10 bugs I picked up was heading to St Elmo, an old Ghost town near there. We dropped it at the OldNo7 Tailgatin’ and Fishin’ Cache for the next person to move it along.
When we got down into the San Luis Valley we had some mixed weather. Just before we rolled into Alamosa we spied this “Water-Fall”. The San Luis Valley is one of the bigger and flatter places on the planet so water falls are pretty much limited to this kind. (You can click on these images for a larger view)
We got to the cabin late in the afternoon and had a bit of dinner, it was nice to see that all of the snow on the ground was gone. When I was there with the girls for spring break we still had quite a bit. When we left Ned we still had 3 foot drifts in the yard and were looking forward to desert time in warmth and sunshine. We hope to be back to the cabin for Memorial day to get some work done, I’ve got some more T&G ready and I need to get the metal roofing up on the woodshed. The tar-paper has taken a beating through the winter.
We had a nice little hike down our canyon and around the west side of the ranch, the ATV road was dry and clear and the doggies had a great time.
We grabbed the necessary items from the cabin to complete the camping inventory (Camp stove and camp kitchen, Portable toilet, etc) and we started the next leg of our journey. While loading up we got a visit from some chilly weather and it reminded us of why we were heading to the desert.