Southwestern Colorado Jaunt – Day 4

Pagosa Hot Springs

The Springs Resort & Spa – Pagosa Springs

 

Rafters  - Pagosa Springs

Rafters on the San Juan River

Version 2Mountain Bluebird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aztec Kiva & Ruins

Giant Kiva – Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Doorways

Ancient Doorways

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Southwestern Colorado Jaunt – Day 3

 

Scene from Wolf Creek Pass

View from the West Side of Wolf Creek Pass (US160)

Navajo State Park - Colorado

 

Navajo Lake State Park Colorado

Fred Harmen Studio

 

Fred Harman Art Studio & Museum  –  Home of Red Rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening View from Pagosa Springs B&B

Evening View – Pagosa Springs

 

Humming Bird - B&B in Pagosa Springs

Southwestern Colorado Jaunt – Day 1

South Fork Evening Light Through the Aspen

 

We headed out for a week-long jaunt around Southwestern Colorado to revisit some old favorites and spend time in spots we’ve somehow missed over five decades of living in the state.

 

We made a fairly uninterrupted beeline to our destination of South Fork even though we drove through beautiful mountain scenery worthy of more attention – springtime greens of South Park, 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks, historic mining towns, and rushing rivers.

 

Bob's Bear Friends

Bob made friends with a couple of happy bears at the Visitor Center in South Fork.

 

 

 

 

Arbor House Inn

 

 

 

 

 

Arbor House Inn – an exceptional Bed & Breakfast in South Fork, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramon's DessertsDinner was enjoyed at Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant. Even on a busy Saturday evening the service was excellent and attentive. Our innkeepers recommended the flan for dessert – they knew whereof they spoke. We’ve been flan fans for years and this may have been the best we’ve ever had. Worth the trip all the way from the Denver area.

 

 

Relaxation and an amazing evening sky concluded the first day of our trip.

 

Evening in South Fork

 

 

Day 8 – Rant

 

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP STAFF APPROPRIATELY STAY HOME.

 

This evening at dinner I was totally disgusted by the actions of two tables near us. Both, in my opinion, stiffed restaurant employees. I really felt anger at both parties but felt that it was inappropriate to insert myself into the situation. Am I right or wrong?

 

The Restaurant is a long time regional favorite south of Tucson. Menu is Mexican with some unique touches, prices very competitive for the fare and region. The staff is friendly, kind and efficient.

 

Table one – an elderly couple, simply but nicely dressed, (we may be seniors but I refuse to be classified as elderly – yet) ordered chips and salsa, bowls of the homemade tortilla soup and the restaurant’s signature dessert. The bill must have been between $15 – $20. The man came back to the table and said, “I almost forgot to leave a tip.” I don’t know exactly how much he left but I know that a quarter, a dime and some pennies were involved and not a shred of paper money. The lady who was busing the table asked, “What is this?” His reply, “The tip.” I had watched the waitress’ entire service to this couple, she did absolutely nothing to deserve this treatment.

 

Table two – two senior ladies, from overheard conversation, they were well educated and traveled. One had greeted an owner by name. There were two musicians playing requests at the tables, quite good and very engaging. The ladies carried on a lengthy conversation, requested a song and, or course, did not tip.

 

Are people this clueless, rude, disrespectful, thoughtless? In today’s world doesn’t everyone understand that wait staffs are paid far below minimum wage with the expectation that they make up the difference in tips. Musicians moving from table to table taking requests are working for tips. This was not a situation where there was a cover charge. If you are going to take up their time – PAY UP. It is wrong to avail yourself of services you are unwilling to support.

 

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP STAFF APPROPRIATELY STAY HOME.

 

Am I right or wrong?