What's with Flagstone Meadows? We've been here seven times and there is nothing to do unless you just like peace and quiet; a wonderful, congenial, knowledgeable host; fantastic and huge breakfasts; and a home base for incredible day trips; and an fine collection of Navaho artifacts. The night life is terrible; you have to sit out on that great big deck and listen to the owls and coyotes (when in season), gaze up at a night sky so brilliant that Jupiter casts a shadow and look at a swath of stars so distinct it can be mistaken for smoke (as one urban guest did) only to be told by Harris that is was his galaxy, the Milky Way or you can just enjoy air so fresh you swear you can taste it. For that matter, any time of day you can find a nearby spot (the stone bench near the cairn on the trail) and not hear humans. You could just sit and listen to the silence if you can program yourself to be still. And those day trips: Mesa Verde is within sight, Durango is just over the hill, Telluride, Hovenweep and Shiprock aren't far, and Chaco Canyon. Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges and Canyon de Chelly are within two hours. What to do except to see some of the most beautiful terrain in the U.S. (if you rent a vehicle with a TV or your kids have MP3 players, tell them to turn them off and look out the window!!). What about food? Aside from Harris's wonderful breakfasts, you can skip lunch since you are still full and go to Kennebec over in Hesperus which is excellent for dinner or eat in Cortez and Mancos, both of which have good but not super restaurants. Wildlife (not wild life); depending on the season, look out the window and see the mob of wild turkeys that live nearby, a few deer, maybe a coyote, probably not a black bear though they are around, a bunch of ravenous Magpies, Harris's humingbird friends and the cottontail that lives under the steps to the deck. So, get yourselves to Flagstone, expect to meet some neat people from all over the globe, and try to slow down. This is a place to relax and decompress! Check the website for pictures and descriptions of side trips.
Dan & Emily Baker: Chattanooga, Tennessee
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