Funky Casual Mexican does Durango
Every time I hear something mentioned about Durango Colorado, I can’t help but visualize the Old West. So, I was wonderfully surprised when I learned that my first visit to this Colorado town coincided with the Cowboy Poetry Gathering weekend. I really had no idea what that even meant, but we were all on a mission to find out. In October, 2009, Luis and I tagged along with our friends who grew up in the Durango area and were going home for a quick weekend visit.
On the first afternoon, the town celebration hadn’t yet begun, so a stroll down Main Street gave us a quick glimpse of what this town is usually like. It had a lot of elements of the typical Colorado ski town but with an extra dose of Western. Since an energizing fall warmth filled the air, it was easy to understand how we quickly ended up daydreaming over what life would be like if we lived there, as we enjoyed a few pints of local beer on a balcony patio. Although we came to the conclusion that it might have its charm, it would probably be something that would wear off easily at this point in our lives, but to be able to spend a weekend here with friends was fortunate.
The next day we returned to the downtown area and were greated with a decent attempt to beef up the Old West feel with the parade held to kick off the poetry festivities.
We then bopped into a few of the rooms in a grand old hotel to watch some Cowboy Poetry, and really to find out what it was all about. Let’s just say, it was fun to experience but got repetitive and boring very quickly. Probably not too much of a surprise. Bored with that, a walk around town let us in on a local known secret: Residents of Durango (some of them, anyway) like to keep little gnome homes out in the front yards. Quirky? Odd? Creepy?
In the final moments of our walk through town, we came across a restaurant with a fabulous name: Funky Casual Mexican. As if choreographed, we all saw the name at the same time and all turned our heads towards Luis and he just started laughing. Perfect! And it only took driving all the way to Durango, CO to find the perfect way to describe my husband!