Silverton and More
May 30, 2009
|Our day started with sunshine (after a night in the 40’s) as we prepared to leave Bayfield and drive to Silverton. As the tourist brochure states, “The Silverton district opened legally to miners in 1874, following the Brunot Treaty with the Utes. An estimated 2000 men moved into the region that year.” Although Silverton itself is a fun town to explore, my favorite part of Silverton has always been the scenic trip getting there.
The weather became grayer and chillier as we neared the mountains but we still found the drive beautiful. Though there were still patches of snow on the ground, the roads were clear and dry.
After spending the day getting to, exploring, and driving back from Silverton we drove to see the farm and ranch where I spent many happy days as a child. First stop was my grandparent’s farm near Oxford. Sadly the original log house, built by my Grandfather Olbert, is no longer there. In its place is a newer house, with pipe fencing and a cluttered yard. My grandmother had always kept her flowerbeds and garden in perfect order so I was glad that she could not see what it looked like these days.
Our second stop was the Gosney Ranch where my mother lived during her high school years. Again, I was saddened to see so many changes. The lovely adobe ranch house that I remembered as a child had been painted white and a silver metal roof added, taking away much of its original southwestern charm. The surrounding out buildings and dairy has fallen to disrepair and the place appeared to be deserted (from what I could see from the road since the gate to the lane was locked so I could get no closer than the main road).
We have now stopped for the evening at the Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio. We had heard about the Prime Rib Buffet they offer at the casino restaurant on Saturday nights and decided to give it a try. It was delicious and made for a nice romantic evening for Willis and me. The Sky Ute Casino and Resort is a very lovely place. They have only recently moved into this new facility from a smaller and older building down the street. They have a very nice RV parking area and are friendly to RV owners.
While here at the casino, there was a tour bus full of French-Canadian tourists arriving for the evening. The Ute hosts had arranged for some traditional dancing for the entertainment of their special visitors. Though the tourists only spoke French, they did have a translator and seemed to enjoy the dancing (so did we).
Now we are quietly tucked in for the evening as a thunderstorm surrounds us. I’m not sure what we will do tomorrow but that “Sparkling Sunday Brunch” the casino has on Sunday mornings sure sounds tempting!