I found my old friends’ homestead with relative ease, on Friday morning. I had not been out to the community of Dinnebito (“Peoples’ Water”) in 21 years. It was therefore a blessing, when I received instructions on using a back way, that did not require going up and down what is little more than a jeep track over rocks. I stayed for two hours, enjoying talk on a variety of topics, from life in the South (First daughter is married and lives most of the year in Alabama) to the unruliness of some sheep.
After a simple, well-prepared lunch, courtesy of a visiting family from Oklahoma, I left my friends and headed northeast. The terrain of the Colorado Plateau, on the Navajo nation varies from sage and juniper-covered mountains to red sandstone formations, such as Round Rock and Castle Rock.
I made it past Four Corners, where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet at a single point. Just on the New Mexico side of the line, an oil tanker truck had overturned, leading to a serious mess. Fortunately, it seemed the driver had escaped serious injury.
After a much-needed night’s sleep, I got up at 5:30 AM, learned a friend’s situation that had been causing me consternation had been eased somewhat, and headed on up the road. A good breakfast at Junction Restaurant, in Pagosa Springs, CO led me to reflect that our young waitresses do try hard to make their patrons’ meals worthwhile. Both Brier, at Grand Cafe, Mancos and Kayla at the Junction were attentive and a joy to be around. I think I will continue “shoutouts” to people who work hard at this job that is not always so rewarding.
I had a pleasant drive through the spine of the Rockies, over Wolf Creek Pass, to Del Norte and then up Rte. 285, the “Gunshot”, which connects southern Colorado most directly with Denver. As today, I was able to enjoy relatively clear skies, I got some views of La Garita Range and the Collegiate Peaks, near Buena (pronounced “Beoona”) Vista.
I arrived in Northglenn in plenty of time to rest before my sisters-in-law were guests of honour at their *** birthday party. About twenty five guests made it a lively and enjoyable evening. Now, it’s time for bed, just about.