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Durango Vacation Journal Part 2



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Our first day of travel could not have been more beautiful. The skies were electric blue, festooned with ascending domes of silvered clouds, so white they glistened in the shimmering summer atmosphere. Then in the distance thin arrows of lightening danced, and once I saw a double strike, though I heard no thunder. Across the horizon, at one point, Jerry saw a horizontal streak.

Gales of wind commenced and Jerry fought with the wheel of the motor home, and beside the road, I watched the tree branches as they whipped furiously. Wild sunflowers grew there too, and I saw them bent double so that their sunny faces brushed the black asphalt. “Rain, Shirley. There’s rain on the windshield,” and so it was. I took pictures of the precious drops.

Quickly it passed, the wind ceased, and little more than four hours after we left Lake Havasu we pulled into the KOA of Flagstaff. If one wanted to choose a park for an extended period in Flagstaff, I would recommend this one. Passing through and merely staying for the night? I’d say find another place.

The roads within the park are so narrow and lined with trees, that Jerry was fearful he could not even maneuver to our spot. He could easily have hit a tree, or one of the stones that line the paths. It is so bad that someone has tied red warning ribbons around many of the trees, and several of the trees show scars where they have been swiped. We were assured that our assigned spot–#188–was a “pull-through,” meaning that we wouldn’t have to disconnect the Jeep, and there would be plenty of room to pull through. Not! Jerry saw it was hopeless, so without even trying, he disconnected and I drove the Jeep to a parking place. Even just getting the rig into the spot was a challenge. But we’re settled in now, so all is well.

Within the hour of our arriving, I meandered down a road, camera in hand. I had only passed three or four RVs when a lady walked out to meet me…and I found it to be someone I had met before. She thought we had met at a conference, and then she introduced her husband, Pastor Shaffer. They are starting a home missions work here in Flagstaff, and while a house is being built for them, they’re living in their RV.


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Their two-year-old granddaughter wandered over, and she was such a striking child I asked if I could take her picture. She absolutely would not smile at me, but when Jerry said something to her, she flashed him the biggest grin–an absolute flirt. “She likes men,” her grandmother told me. Her name is Alyssa.


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The altitude here is nearly 7000 feet. Bliss! Cool bliss! Great sleeping tonight.


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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

12 replies on “Durango Vacation Journal Part 2”

Hello, Dobeman. Welcome to my site.

We’re home now, but a few days before we left, the aspen leaves began their change to gold. It was amazing–practically overnight. You’re right, it is an outstanding place.


Shirley, my wife and I stayed in a very secluded cabin in Durango a few years ago. It is one of the most beautiful places. We went in the early fall and the Aspen’s were gorgeous.

I’m both envious and happy for your recent trip.


Tena, the heat wave is all over southern California. I talked with Bek a couple of days ago and she said it was 110 there. Misery, pure and simple.

I do so feel for Andrew and Shawnna. Their house gets very hot–especially in that kind of weather.


I’m sure Andrew, Shawnna, the kids, and Kyle are envying you right now, too. They are having a heeeaaat WAVE! Shawnna called yesterday and told me it was 100! at the beach (they weren’t there – they had just heard the report). She said it is unheard of to be that hot at the beach in San Diego! They don’t have A/C. Shawnna says hardly anyone has A/C in San Diego – it’s just not needed. Yesterday the kids were getting in and out of their little wading pool trying to stay cool. Today they started school. Shawnna said she felt sorry for them because the schools don’t have A/C. Maybe they’ll have a minimum day today.

Keep havin’ fun! Love the pics! Keep ’em comin’!

Love you! Please be safe! I’m prayin’ for you.


Michael, my dear boy.

From the cupboard over our bed, I just lifted a blanket, which I will spread over our bed. No air-conditioner tonight, no swamp cooler, no fans. Eat your heart out.


Well I must say I have a little envy about the cool weather. We had another heat warning today, and I just dont want to hear the AC anymore. I’m glad your safe to your camp spot, have a great time and tell the Stevensons hello. Love you Michael


Linda, that KOA was a scream, I’m telling you. We told the Stevenson’s about our experience this afternoon, and they told us that last year the Nelsons and the Abbeys stayed in the same place–and gave the same report. It’s incredible. Johnny almost hit a tree as he tried to get to their spot, and Sharon, who was following him in a brand new car, jumped out of the car to warn him. She left the car in gear and it rolled into a tree!

Oh, well. Mark it up to life…with a capital L.


Rhonda, the Stevenson’s weren’t here when we arrived this afternoon, but they came in a couple of hours later. They’re our dear friends and we love being with them. They’re out for a hamburger at the moment.

Thanks for being my friend.


Hello, Larry. We’re here at Alpen Rose in Durango, and I believe we came through Mancos on our way here. This whole area is spectacular.

We’ve been here several times before, and have ridden the train once, but we have been to Silverton several times. We like the train ride, and will probably go again, but have someone drive our car to Silverton so we don’t make the roundtrip on the train. It’s pretty wearing.

Jerry and I visited Mesa Verde a few years back and did the full trip, hiking down, crawling through narrow places, and climbing skinny ladders. That is one phenomenal place. I’d love to go again. It amazes me that a whole group of people lived in the side of those mountains. If I recall correctly, they even had to transport water from the valley floor. A tough, resilient people.

Thank you for your prayers. So far–everything is perfect.


I’m sure you’re going to have a wonderful time! I know the disappointment of an RV Park that is not what you’re expecting, but when all is said and done, everything works out pretty good. Most of the time we have found nice ones and the people are always so nice!! Ya’ll have fun and leave all your “work” at home. I’ll be watching for more pictures.


Durango, Colorado? excellent! make sure you ride the train.

You may go through a small town called Mancos. That is where my dad went to school.

Don’t forget Mesa Verde!

Here’s praying to you for a safe trip.



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