Scott & Suzy's Southwest Living http://www.kadera.com A journal of our lives and travels in and around Durango, Colorado Wed, 21 Oct 2015 01:13:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hot Air http://www.kadera.com/balloon-fiesta/ http://www.kadera.com/balloon-fiesta/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2015 01:13:06 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=396 Imagine a beagle 100 feet long, 50 feet tall, and 40 feet wide. The dog is hovering 10 feet above your head. Suddenly, one of his Prius-sized paws moves slowly toward your face. As you pull back and turn to get out of the way a scarecrow the size of a water tower is coming

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Fourmile Falls, worth the price of admission http://www.kadera.com/fourmile-falls-worth-the-price-of-admission/ http://www.kadera.com/fourmile-falls-worth-the-price-of-admission/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:40:41 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=385 I’m not sure what it is about waterfalls that draw us to them. The sound? The power? The beauty? Perhaps it is our connection with water in general?  We need it to live and waterfalls seem to have an inexhaustible supply, falling from the edge of a cliff like a huge, magical tap that remains

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Red rocks and brown mud on the Green River http://www.kadera.com/red-rocks-and-brown-mud-on-the-green-river/ http://www.kadera.com/red-rocks-and-brown-mud-on-the-green-river/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:04:28 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=367 I can’t say I was excited about this trip in the days before we left. Suzy and I have been on a number of multi-day river trips in the past. While we did enjoy those trips, my memory is a little more pessimistic than hers. She remembers the warm days, the cools nights, the peace,

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Frosty Morning Photos http://www.kadera.com/frosty-morning-photos/ http://www.kadera.com/frosty-morning-photos/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:37:26 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=344 Just a few pics from our backyard on a frosty morning.

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The Ghost Trail http://www.kadera.com/the-ghost-trail/ http://www.kadera.com/the-ghost-trail/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:12:57 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=338 The Ghost Trail to Potato Lake (aka Spud Lake) only appears in the winter thanks to Seniors Outdoors and some dedicated residents who maintain the trail. To get there drive north on Highway 550, past Durango Mountain Resort. A few miles past the resort you will see a big green water tank on the right-hand

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Fresh Tracks http://www.kadera.com/fresh-tracks-la-plata-canyon/ http://www.kadera.com/fresh-tracks-la-plata-canyon/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:14:32 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=321 As a child growing up in Independence, IA, I was an early riser. I remember winter mornings, sitting in our TV room under a pile of blankets or clean clothes waiting to be folded, listening to cartoons while looking out at the fields of freshly fallen snow. We had an open lot right next to

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The Road to Druid Arch http://www.kadera.com/the-road-to-druid-arch/ http://www.kadera.com/the-road-to-druid-arch/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:45:09 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=296 The Needles District of Canyonlands NP is our go-to place when we are looking for a desert experience. It is beautiful, close to home, and not as crowded as Moab, which has become a Mecca for bicyclists year-round. While the campground in the park often fills up during peak season, the close-by Needles Outpost usually

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Taliesin West – Not Your Grandma’s House http://www.kadera.com/taliesin-west/ http://www.kadera.com/taliesin-west/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:44:00 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=273 Taliesin West is unlike any house I’ve ever seen. Of course, I’ve never seen another Frank Lloyd Wright house before so that would explain it. And, to be fair, Taliesin West isn’t just another Frank Lloyd Wright house. First of all, the grounds are home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and School of Architecture

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The beautiful desert http://www.kadera.com/desert-botanical-gardens/ http://www.kadera.com/desert-botanical-gardens/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:47 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=245 It is difficult to describe the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ but I think it’s safe to say that if you like rugged beauty, prickly things, and the best flora the desert has to offer, then you should definitely check it out. In addition to the trees, grasses, succulents and cacti, we saw owls

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The Slog Called Pole Creek Mountain http://www.kadera.com/hiking-pole-creek-mountain/ http://www.kadera.com/hiking-pole-creek-mountain/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:34:31 +0000 http://www.kadera.com/?p=221 Pole Creek Mountain is fairly typical of many San Juan Mountain peaks. It starts on a trail, moves to an off-trail meadow, then to a steep grassy section, on to a section that can really only be described as a slog and finally, a rocky cap that can be ascended in a few different ways.

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