We didn't see any bears at the Black Canyon. I did see a mule deer outside my tent when I woke up this morning, and yes, I did get a picture. Cliff and I had the most gorgeous views while taking our morning walk. Oh, and the drive from Ouray to Durango is priceless. If you're ever in Colorado, you must do it!
After bargain-shopping for motels this afternoon, and threatening to camp out again after hearing the prices, we finally found a motel for $58, plus tax (which made it $63). That'll be the most we've paid for a night's lodging so far. And yes, it's a clean room.
Tomorrow we're taking the train from Durango to Silverton; we've done it before, but it's one of those things that's worth doing twice.
I'm not sure when we'll leave Durango, but once we do, we're headed slowly toward home, hopefully going past the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Natives around here don't seem to be too impressed with it, but by george, I've been trying for years to see it, and this time we WILL! I'll let you know if it's a waste of time.
Some things we had planned to do that we missed this trip: The Coors brewery at Golden, Colorado; Leadville, although we've been there before; and the Rocky Mountain National Park. But there'll be a next time, good Lord willing.
I got my Golden Age passport, so I get to enter all National parks free, along with my spouse! Happy birthday to me, right?