After leaving Cuchara it was time to move on to Paonia, a town I had never heard of, which is just north of the Grand Mesa and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. What a pretty area this part of Colorado is with some red rock formations and impressive mountains in main view. OK, I admit, as a Floridian any mountain in impressive!
|A lot of great scenery on the way, some shots taken |
while driving along so there may be some blur.
Our digs in Paonia, courtesy of Airbnb, was the finished "basement" floor of a home. Lovely property, with it's own little manicured forest and rock gardens, it was a wonderful stay. Our hosts were Californian transplants, following their son & family to Colorado some years back. They were excellent hosts. Janice even provided 1/2 n 1/2, farm fresh eggs, fresh fruit and home-baked breakfast breads and dessert offerings too!
|Our first breakfast (which was cooked in the tiny kitchenette |
of the unit) was fresh scrambled eggs, blueberry coffee cake, ham
and fresh navel orange makes for a delicious start to the day.
|I wouldn't be game for the upkeep but what a gorgeous yard!|
It was just getting going with the peonies and irises coming on too.
|The whole bottom floor was ours to enjoy. We stayed 5 nights.|
This town prides itself on being an organic, farm to table type town with locally grown fruits and veggies, wineries, and organically fed beef, lamb and poultry. I stopped at the Blue Sage Gallery and saw some great work from some of the local artists and artisans. A story was told that one of the Dollar stores wanted to open in town and was denied, "not havin' it".
|or someone's dream camper - doesn't look real towable.|
|Surely a novel rig, bound to bring plenty of stares.|
|Lots of wildlife statues.|
Another day we took a detour to drive through the Redstone Historic District and saw lots of red rock, a quirky main drag and blooming trees. Passed by some coke smelting ovens, and more mountains.
|Having a peek and a leg stretcher.|
We found it to be a really nice part of Colorado, still a bit on the sleepy side. A great leg of this trip and very enjoyable.