Memorial Day Weekend is a big deal here in Durango, Colorado. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to veer from custom home building-talk for a moment of appreciation. First, I offer my gratitude to all the people who gave their lives in service to our country. Politics aside, your courage and commitment are appreciated.
On this gorgeous day, I’m also thankful to live in Southwest Colorado. We have four distinct seasons and a geography unmatched in diversity. Within a few driving hours of Durango, you can be:
- Climbing, mountain biking or river rafting in Moab, Utah,
- Skiing or hiking in Telluride, Colorado,
- Relaxing in the desert landscape of Northern New Mexico,
- Cruising art galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
- Escaping the heat in Silverton, Colorado (elevation 9305 feet),
- Or exploring one of my favorite places on the planet – the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, outside of Crested Butte, Colorado.
This weekend, my family and I are heading to Silverton, for some cool air and to catch the finish of the 40th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s a great party and good fun to cheer on the thousand or so cyclists who ride 50-miles over three mountain passes.
Over a few mountain passes in the other direction, Mountainfilm in Telluride is an annual Memorial Day event. Since 1979 this film festival has literally been changing lives. From climbing and action sport roots, it’s grown into a comprehensive examination of activism, action and global awareness.
With all of these options, probably the best part of living in Durango is that you very rarely want to leave. The downtown scene is lively, the Animas River through town is a perfect day float, the sophistication of the art galleries and cultural activities is impressive for a small town, and the diversity of people keeps every day interesting.
Next week, I’ll be back to writing about building. In the meantime, have a safe and fun holiday weekend.