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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to to plan the day.” — E.B. White

A cheery cafe to go with a dawdling morning. -- Photo by Pat Bean

A cheery cafe to go with a dawdling morning -- Photo by Pat Bean

 Day 18

It was going to be a short drive today, so I got a late start and then stopped for a late breakfast in the little town of Mancos. It’s the kind of town I imagine Park City as once being. With just a little over 1,000 residents, it plays host to those visiting nearby Mesa Verde National Park for sight-seeing, Jackson Gulch Reservoir for fishing, Mancos State Park for mountain biking, or Chicken Creek resort for skiing.

 I visited the co-op gallery located on its funky main street. Called Artesians of Mancos, the shop features the work of 17 local artists. My favorite pieces were Jan Wright’s watercolors. Sadly, there’s no room in my RV for such luxuries.

 I actually walked into the gallery by mistake. I was looking for the cafe, which was in back of the former bank building, a bit of trivia I guessed from a sign at the top of the building. It was a delightful mistake.

The Absolute Cafe and Bakery in the rear of the building was a good choice. The walls were full of art, and the décor included shelves full of used books for sale – which I perused while waiting for my food – and live plants. There’s something very sad about plastic greenery.

My sausage, egg and hashbrown breakfast was superb, with enough to take back to my RV for the next morning. Before I left, I also bought a blueberry-lemon bar that was to die for. I had it for dinner. I seldom eat out, but this experience left me wanting to do it more.

Native American scupture at the entrance to Mesa Verde RV Park -- Photo by Pat Bean

Later that day, at Mesa Verde RV Park, I saw my first magpie of the year. It’s my favorite bird but not one that can be seen in Texas. . I also watched the brightest yellow-rumped warbler I have ever seen playing around in the window beside my motor home.

 Have I told you lately that life is good?

Copyrighted by Pat Bean

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