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!!