Right after we parked the car this mural was one of the first things we spotted once we got onto the main downtown street. After seeing it I instantly felt drawn to it, and just had to take a closer look.
As the plaque explains, In 1915 Jack Dempsey The "Manassa Mauler" beat Andy Malloy in a ten round fight in that very spot. Well, in the 1940's my maternal grandfather came into contact with the Manassa in a very confrontational meeting, and when it came down to it, my Grandpa Arkie was the last man standing. It wasn't an ideal situation, but knowing how famous a fighter Dempsey was makes me feel proud of my grandpa. He was a tough man, and someone I miss dearly every single day. The mural certainly left him on my mind for the rest of the day.
Anyways, our first stop in our walk around downtown was a sweet coffee shop. Scott and I left with a large passion iced tea to share!
This is the same outfit I was wearing in one of our abandoned adventures, minus the We Love Colors leggings that I wore the whole afternoon. I felt so much more comfortable wearing WLC leggings with this pretty Mixie dress. Plus, we got caught in the rain a few times and they were so good for keeping me warm!
So by lunch time we were starving and decided to check out a local pizza place that Scott spotted off a side street.
The pizza took awhile to get to us, which my empty stomach was not happy about, but the slices we ended up getting were literally bigger than our faces and were oh so good!
The rest of our afternoon was spent checking out local antique stores and novelty shops!
This book store we went into right after lunch was insane! There was stuff everywhere, and I was so afraid something was going to fall on me. I felt very claustrophobic in there, and scooted Scott out as soon as I could (Promise this isn't the book store I bought your journal in, Odessa).
After the book store we headed to a neat antique store down the street were we spent quite a bit of time. We didn't end up coming home with anything from there, but we had a lot of fun looking around.
Durango was probably our second favorite town of the few that we visited that week. There was tons of shops, things to look at, cafes to eat at, and so many people around. I would definitely go back again and eat at the cute French restaurant we skipped out on, and possibly take a train ride down to Silverton and back again. All in all, visiting Durango was definitely worth our windy, three hour drive, and will definitely be a must visit for us if we're ever semi-close again.
What do you love most about exploring new towns? When you go to a new town, what kinds of places do you always like to check out?