Peter Rowan and Younchen Lhamo…Bluegrass in Pagosa Springs, Colorado! A beautiful weekend in the mountains…

Moon over Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Photo taken from our condo looking east to Wolf Pass (click here) in the San Juan Mountains.

Pagosa Springs 2014 Folk’n Bluegrass Festival  click here…

PETER ROWAN Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Peter Rowan, featuring Younchen Lhamo  Click each highlighted link for more, included music…

Since her 1989 pilgrimage on foot from her beloved homeland of Tibet, Yungchen Lhamo has emerged as the world’s leading Tibetan vocalist. From the quays of Sydney, Australia to the spotlight of New York’s Carnegie Hall, her haunting a cappella performances have enchanted audiences in more than 70 countries and garnered critical praise worldwide.


Our first weekend in Pagosa Springs, Colorado starting June 6th, was one of the most memorable highlights of our recent road trip.  At 7000′ in a beautiful valley with natural hot springs to heal your body and soul, Pagosa Springs was a memorable experience.  The “Folk’N Bluegrass Festival” was the trigger that motivated us to spend time here, but there was much more to enjoy in this community, including the hot springs.  Driving over Wolf Pass en route to Pagosa Springs was a heavenly experience.  The high mountain valley was in full spring bloom with wildflowers everywhere.  Water collects in shallow grassland valleys and creeks that stretch for many miles over Wolf Pass westward from New Mexico.  We couldn’t get enough of the flowing  green grass as far as our eyes could see.  It is an easy and safe drive with very little traffic and a remoteness that is transfixing.  The high elevation may have something to do with the peaceful feeling of complete mindfulness and spiritual connectedness.

To get to the bluegrass festival, we walked up to Reservoir Hill Park (click here) near town.  It was on this short hike at 7000′ that suggested we were no longer 40-something hikers…..  It was my idea to walk rather than take the shuttle bus, for which we paid the price once getting to the top of the hill.  It was a special treat to experience bluegrass music, often with a Celtic twist, on both Saturday and Sunday.  Peter Rowan’s  performance was the closing act on Sunday evening.  His addition of the spiritual notes and powerful voice of Younchen Lhamo was moving and engaging for the audience.  It seems Peter Rowan may have found a loving and inspirational partner in his later years to make new music for his adoring fans.

Next stop, Moab, Utah and Arches National Park… (click here for previous post)

Steve Sparks. Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…  Click highlighted titles for my author page…

The Healing Waters of Pagosa Springs, Colorado…and geothermal benefits to the community…

San Juan River
Pagosa Springs…Hot Springs Soaking

Pagosa Hot Springs…”Pagosah” means “Healing Waters”  quote from this website…

The Town of Pagosa Springs is a scenic community known for “healing waters”, our natural hot springs (“Pagosah” is a Southern Ute word for “healing waters”).

We are located thirty minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Ski Area.  Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands.  Many recreational activities are made possible by the San Juan River that flows through the heart of town.

We have myriad opportunities for hiking, fishing, all forms of skiing, hunting, four wheel drives, snowmobiling, and numerous scenic drives.  With an average of 300 days of sunshine and four definitive seasons, Pagosa Springs is an extraordinary place to live!

For more infomation on activites, events, restaurants and shopping visit the Pagosa Springs Town Tourism website.

Welcome to Pagosa Springs!  click on this site for more about recreational fun…

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Rafting on the San Juan River

Geothermal Benefits… Click on this reference site for those who need to know more…by  The Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of Geothermal Use in Colorado Liz Battocletti Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc. July 2006

“Colorado has benefitted from its rich geothermal resources for centuries. Geothermal heat and hot water were used in the “Centennial State” long before it became a state in 1876. Native Americans valued the healing powers of hot springs often battling for possession. At various times, the Ute, Navajo, and U.S. Calvary all soaked in geothermal hot springs. Currently, geothermal heat or water is formally used in at least 30 resorts, small businesses, and communities across Colorado to heat pools and buildings, raise fish and alligators, and grow vegetables.” ***** We enjoyed 10 days in beautiful New Mexico, with several professional commitments in the mix.  We boomers were very ready for a good rest.   We picked the right place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado for 7 days of R&R.  This is our last day staying at the Wyndham Vacation Resort (click on link) before heading north to Moab to see the Arches (click on link).

Wyndham Vacation Resort, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Although our “bucket list” is still full of dreams of new places to visit, especially in North America, Judy and I have been most fortunate the last 8 years to have visited so many beautiful and stunning places for the first time.  And we always look forward to going back home to the Oregon Coast to continue exploring the many beaches and coastal areas we have not seen.  Just staying home in Little Whale Cove near Depoe Bay, Oregon is a treat all by itself.  We are looking forward to arriving back home next week .  In the meantime, we are in awe of the stunning and beautiful high mountain country in the Western USA.  Our travel adventures are always spiritual and keep us living in the moment to enjoy life to the fullest.  I feel so grateful to be able to enjoy all of this breath taking life experience with my best friend and soul mate, Judy…

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

Steve and Judy at Cannon Beach, Oregon in April 2014

Please support my mission of helping families who suffer from PTSD and moral injury…order my books, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1… (Kindle $2.99), and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  Click and order paperback or download Kindle version.  Buy my book at Barnes & Noble as well… Thank you! Steve Sparks, Author