Monday, May 18, 2020

Kind of normal?

7:35 am - Monday - May 18th - Durango, CO - 45° F, 49% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the north by northeast.....clear, blue skies above us today with a forecast high of 80° F.  On this day in 2012 we were in Twin Falls, ID on our way to Spokane, WA......

When we arrived in Durango Saturday one of the foremost things upon my mind was to get a haircut.  My last ears lowering episode was in mid March, and my 70 year old mane was getting quite unruly.  Glenn's hair was also getting to that point, so as we set off into town in the VW to visit old town one of the things we were both thinking about was finding a barber, or hair salon which was open and taking walk-in customers.  Before we left for town I had checked on line and found several places open, but they only took reservations, and they were all booked well into next week.....we are not going to be here next week, so a 'walk-in' situation was our only hope.

I missed the turn for the 'old town' area of Durango and we ended up going south on 550 along the Animas River.  I was looking for a place to make a u-turn when we all saw the local Super Walmart, so I turned in there to see if their salon was was not.   As we were exiting the parking lot Glenn saw another hair stylist (Sports Clips) which was open, so I pulled around to that establishment to see if we could get an appointment, and received an affirmative answer.  I gave them our names, and was advised to come back in one hour, so the girls decided I should take them home to get the Honda Element, and then they would meet us in town after we were done.  By the time Glenn and I returned it was time for our appointments.......

....I opted to get a very short haircut as who knows when we will be able to get one again?  

Once we were done with our cuts we called the girls and met them at the Burger King parking lot, which has access to the Animas River bike/walking path.  We spent about 45 minutes walking along the river before heading into 'old town' to find an open restaurant......

 Animas River

......while Glenn and I were finding parking Laureen did a little reconnoitering and found that the Balcony Bar and Grill was open for takeout so we met her there, and put in our orders.....

.....Yelp gives them 4 stars on 57 reviews, and we would have to agree.  Now, since this was a take-out situation we had to find a place to sit down and eat our hamburgers, and drink our brews......

.....coincidentally, I had noticed a lone table with chairs sitting between two buildings right in front of where we had parked, so we walked over there to find the table still unoccupied, and made ourselves at home.... there we were in the middle of 'old town' eating restaurant food (Southwest Burger for moi) drinking draft beer, and sitting at a table.....almost normal, right?  This was my second goal while we were in Durango.....eating a restaurant meal at a table in town.  There were not many people in 'old town', but about 50% of them were wearing masks.....we were not.  Everyone enjoyed their food choices, as well as the chance to sit down (not in a car) to eat.  Our table was just a 100 feet from the Durango train station.....

.....where the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad operates.  Unfortunately, they are not back in operation yet..... the time we returned from 'old town' it was 4 pm.  It was the most normal town experience we have had since we left Borrego Springs in late February.

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  1. Curious, why do you feel it is wise to not wear a face mask!

    1. Situational awareness.....1 death, and 66 cases in La Plata County, where we are, in the last 2.5 months. Almost zero risk.

  2. Yay! Almost normal has to feel good. I'm with you and we don't wear masks at least not unless it is mandatory. We are certainly aware of possibilities around us and are very careful.