About an hour east of Durango, there’s a pull off for a waterfall called Treasure Falls. There’s a hiking trail that leads up the mountain and an infirmary sign that lets you know you’re in the San Juan Mountains. Otherwise, there’s not a lot here or anywhere nearby for that matter.
We weren’t on a strict schedule so we swung in to stretch our legs and have a look. We spent a lot of time in the car this trip so we valued these unscheduled stops where we could see something interesting and unexpected.
Turns out, unexpected is the key word here. I hopped out of the car and headed for the sign only to see this.
It’s a man snapping photos of a rooster.
There appeared to be no homes nearby so I don’t think the rooster had just strayed away from his yard. He was remarkably calm and friendly, following us around, probably in hopes of a snack.
Whether he was lost, dumped or a runaway, he didn’t belong here.
I will be honest with you – we met Mr Rooster on day five of this adventure and I was starting to question my sanity at this point. We had already endured a number of odd experiences and I was sure the altitude had finally gotten to my brain.
I waited for Johnna’s reaction and was somewhat relieved when she saw it too!
I still feel guilty for just leaving the poor guy alone there. I’m hoping he either makes his way home or that someone helps him find a better place to live than in the woods near a waterfall.
But the way, the rooster is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Perhaps crossing paths will bring good fortune my way!!
How bizarre! There are some large ranches in the area, but it’s hard to imagine how he ended up there. In Hawaii they call them jungle fowl. Maybe he heard “The Call of the Wild”?
Haha! I don’t know! It was so strange and I could think of no plausible explanation.