We're down to less than two weeks, so we've even started making lists of what we still want to accomplish before we move on. We haven't gotten in as much fishing as we wanted to, but we heard at the local fly fishing store that a fairly unique place to fish with the potential of huge fish was only an hour away in northern New Mexico, below the Navajo Lake dam on the San Juan river. We decided to take a drive down and see what the big deal was. It was a pretty drive south of Durango, you cross by the dam and go down along the face of the dam to the river where we found......fishermen, tons of fishermen! It was a weekend after all. We got parked and walked down to scope things out.
|A pretty section of the river|
|A drift boat working|
|A few fishermen:)|
|An example of a big trout,|
one we hope to have in our net when we go back
We also took a ride over the ridge to Vallecito Lake to check it out. We started to take the road around the lake, but only made it halfway as they had closed the road for the season, so we turned around and drove out on the flats on the head of the lake and enjoyed the view with our coffee.
|Through the aspens|
|Views on the way up|
|A happy Jan!|
|Along the way|
|Looking down at Electra Lake|
We decided to take a picnic up to Andrews Lake on yet another beautiful day, but since it was only 41 degrees decided to eat in the truck:) But we did hike around the lake.
Jan found yet another road we had never been on, she saw it on her horseback ride, so we poked into Purgatory Ski Resort, and the road went right through the ski slope, back and forth as we climbed the mountain. We started back down and found a beautiful meadow area, where before selling to the ski resort and eventually becoming part of the National Forest, was the summer grazing area of the Harris Ranch.
|What's left of the Harris Ranch|