|Wyndham Pagosa Springs Resort|
|Cathy on the shuttle bus from the parking area|
|My daughter, Amanda, and I|
Cathy did get to ski some Black Diamond runs that I could never do, when she joined Terry later in the day. She was a happy skier in her Angry Birds hat.
|Lynis was Cathy's massage therapist|
We went home to the condo to enjoy a bottle of New Mexican Gruet Demi Sec sparkling wine and watched a DVD movie while we waited for Cathy's friend, Emmett, and his friends to arrive from Albuquerque. Finally, they arrived after midnight and off to bed we went.
|Gruet Demi Sec from Albuquerque, New Mexico |
(New Mexico has some great wineries)
|"Here's to my Zero Birthday"|
As far as dining out, we enjoyed a really nice seafood restaurant in Pagosa Springs called A Chivalrous Shark. Charlie and Cathy Berry are the owners and they came to Pagosa Springs via places like South Dakota, Maine, and Florida. It's tough economically in towns like this for a small business and business was slow. Their food was delicious and quite diverse from Red Curry Mussels to Mexican and Cajun-styled dishes. They have a full bar and I had a martini with a thirsty friend.
I highly recommend A Chivalrous Shark to anyone passing through Pagosa Springs.
We also did a tour of the brewing company at the Pagosa Brewing and Grill and enjoyed several meals there along with a good sampling of their current beers on tap. I recommend the Wild-caught Salmon Fish and Chips and their Salmon Ceasar Salad and Kathy liked the Cheddar Cheese Beer Soup and Whitefish and Chips. The service is excellent and it's a casual place where you can meet other friendly visitors and locals alike.
We enjoyed a stop at Kip's Grill and Cantina, a tiny but friendly place for local color, music and good food. A friendly bar and grill with spicy dishes of pub food including tacos, burgers, soups, sandwiches and salads. Try their home-made salsas and pepper-based sauces.
We headed down to Durango Wednesday for a little shopping and dinner with my son-in-law, Matt. He lives only 40 minutes away and he had a service call in Durango while we were there. Unfortunately, his wife (my daughter, Mary) was still in Grand Junction, Colorado (5 hours away)doing her last week of training to be a Starbuck's Coffee manager. She came home Thursday night so we missed her. We had dinner at Ken and Sue's Restaurant in downtown historic Durango. We drove back to Pagosa Springs via US Hwy 160, keeping a sharp eye out for elk and deer crossing the road. There were hundreds of wildlife tracks everywhere in the snow, but we only saw one elk grazing by the highway and many, many wild turkeys. We headed back to New Mexico on Friday, January 25th, stopping in Chama at a blacksmith's craft store, cruising through beautiful Tierra Amarilla and Abiquiu (Georgia O'Keeffe Country) and stopping for lunch at one of our favorite places to eat just west of Santa Fe - Tesuque Village Market Cafe.
Life is good, not just on Zero Birthdays, but everyday. Keep active, open up your heart and all your senses. Experience the joy of friendship. No friend closeby? Make a new friend today.