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Published: June 30th 2017
It All Starts Here
A field at Fort Lewis College
Geo: 37.2737, -107.879
We headed out from home around 7 am, and dropped the girls off at Shylo (with no carsickness from Penny -- yay!).
Down I-25, and over to Durango -- about a 6 1/2 hour drive. We had some audio books checked out from the library to keep us amused (including a French tutorial). Rolled into Durango around 3 pm, and headed over to Ft. Lewis College to check out the pre-race festival.
Our attention was immediately drawn to a large banner advertising race radios -- !! We asked around, but nobody seemed to know what they were, where they were, IF they were..... Got some merchandise, checked in for our volunteer positions, and were on our way to try to find a campsite.
After a quick stop at the grocery store, we aimed for the first Forest Service campground. Yeah, we were the schmucks rolling in at 5:30 on a Saturday evening, in the summer, near a popular town, hoping to find a spot. Shyeah.....
So, we backed into the first spot we found, which happened to be the only spot left. It was beautiful weather, with a clear forecast, so we put up the sun shelter/pseudo-tent, and put the air mattress in
there for our lodging.
Since our volunteer assignment was at Durango Mountain Resort, and the campground was only about 10 minutes from there, we decided to just stay in the area, opting for dinner at the resort. Dinner (and a really tasty kolsch from Steamworks) at Purgy's was just the ticket. Then it was back to the campground for some stargazing, and sleep.
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