Durango Jan 30 – Feb 1 2016
Our group is now down to 11 RV’s. After saying our goodbye’s we were on the road to Durango. Our travel is along the newly completed toll highway consisting of 63 tunnels, one being the 2.7 km Sinaloense Tunnel, and a massive engineering project of the 4 lane Puente Baluarte which is the world’s second tallest highway bridge, spanning the Baluarte River at a dizzying height of 1322 feet!
Our campsite area is a field adjacent to a water park and included dry camping for the 3 nights. Strong winds created issues parking with the blowing dust!! The water park has natural hot springs and during the summer months the pools and slides are filled with the water from the springs. Currently off-season there was only two pools in use, one with the “hot” water and the second pool with the cooler water.
Our city tour began with a downtown walking tour, including a stop at a restaurant that serves grilled scorpions on nachos! A bus tour followed at the Plaza de Armas, with stops at the Government Palace featuring murals illustrating Durango state history and a city park with replicas of Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Following our tour we enjoyed a Brazilian BBQ lunch. We have been treated to many delicious meals while on tours. Evening meals are not necessary!! After lunch we were bussed to the outskirts of Durango and watched a “wild west” show where the dialogue was in Spanish and the locals laughed quite often.
Colleen & Stan had to replace their air mattress for their bed. A shopping trip for Stan was in order to find a replacement mattress for their motorhome. Who would have thought, a Sears department store was nearby and a replacement was found!
One of many tunnels
One of many tunnels
Stopped for a photo op
Paul and John partaking on "scorpions on tacos"
I had to sample one also. (acquired taste)!!
Government Palace Murals
Some of our caravan group with a balcony view of the Wild West Show