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  •  My Home river! (3+ / 0-)

    from wiki:
    "The largest tributary of the San Juan is the Animas River, followed by the Piedra and Los Pinos rivers. The tributaries of the San Juan River that are located in Colorado also flow from the San Juan Mountains, including the Animas River, the La Plata River, the Los Pinos River, the Navajo River and the Piedra River."

    The Animas River sustains Durango, CO(which is in La Plata County), and I've been tons of places along it. The Los Pinos, also known as The Pine River, flows within 3 or 4 miles of me, and is the focal point of both Bayfield & Ignacio, CO--my neighboring communities. Ahh, but the Piedra River, he says dreamily. The Piedra flows from way, way up on high on the Continetal Divide. It is a wild & free river, although not by official designation. It sustains a ton of wildlife and forest, and is a beautiful spot for hiking, camping, and hot spring soaking. There are even hot springs IN the river near Chimney Rock Nat monument. I LOVE the Piedra! The Piedra spills into, and fills, Navajo Lake/Dam, and when the water leaves the dam, it is known then as The San Juan River. The San Juan is often cited as one of the best fly fishing rivers in the US. I was just there yesterday, hiking in Simon Canyon, a place with unadvertised Native American 'ruins'--in this case, a stone lookout built by the Utes to keep a watch for the Navajo. Built around 1700, it still stands on top of a GIANT boulder, and affords great views up & down the washes that add to the San Juan...
    A great, great place, rarely visited.

    Also, for you CT fans...it is said that a UFO crashed nearby a few years after Roswell. Aztec, NM is the nearest town. There is a cool mountain bike route there, named 'Alien Run'. Fwiw, I've been all over there and seen no signs of aliens or UFO crashes...  :)

    Thanks for another fine diary, Rich. Double bonus for it being the closest to my hut as yet!

    The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

    by Thinking Fella on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:23:42 AM PDT

    •  about your luminous posting. . . (3+ / 0-)

      Thinking Fellah, I'm thinking if you don't write a diary on this stuff, expanded of course, a lot of DKos community members, including myself, will be missing out on something exceptional. WELL? In the meantime, I think you know your subject and area well and what you related to really does add to the San Juan country's exceptional topography and the importance of all the drainage in this sector. Thank you so much for the comment. I am very indebted to you for having done so. Give us more (your own diary, of course)!!!

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      by richholtzin on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:10:49 AM PDT

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      •  Oh pa-shaw! (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm just relating what I know from stumbling around my general neighborhood!

        Your diaries are lush, rich, informative, educational, and a treat to read.

        I owe dkos a snowshoeing diary-which I'll do this summer, when folks might want to read about snow. Right now everyone is DONE with snow--me included. I also said I'd write another diary for my local State Rep, Mike McLachlin, who is facing a recall over his CO gun votes... I am kicking around a series of diaries during my summer of travel this year. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion I wrote more!

        The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

        by Thinking Fella on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:28:44 AM PDT

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