On the banks of the San Juan River

When we couldn’t find a room in Durango, we drove on to Pagosa Springs. There we found a cheap motel room with free wi-fi that was half a block from the San Juan River. At last I was able to stick my toes in some river water! Really, you could plunk me down on a pebble beach next to some rapids and I’d be happy staying there for the whole day. I put my thumb out to the rafters who went by, but they didn’t pick me up. I picked some horsetail to go with some yucca leaf that I picked up at Mesa Verde (it was weathered and stomped down to the fibers) and I plan to make some Colorado paper with these elements.

On the banks of the San Juan RiverOn the banks of the San Juan RiverLater, after chorizo and eggs at the Elkhorn Cafe, we bought some handwoven rugs at the Wild Spirit Gallery. I had been looking for a handwoven item to buy on this trip, but my intention was to buy a small purse or wallet. The Navajo items were out of my price range and much of the rest seemed like cheap knock-offs or not what I wanted. I was wowed by the Zapotec weavings in this gallery. They were priced affordably but not too cheap, and the quality was excellent. Each had the weaver’s name attached to it. I bought a rug with a bird design to hang on the wall and Sandy bought a second, smaller one that I haven’t decided what to do with yet. Photos later – hopefully they are in transit.