Saturday, August 16, 2014

About That Montrose, Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and Molas Lake (August 9 - 16)

Dear Family and Friends,

The title of this blog depicts a very busy week in Colorado. Last Friday, our son Rob and his family drove through Montrose on their way to Telluride, from Dallas. They dropped off our six year old grandson, Jackson, for an overnight visit with Mimi and Grandad. We had such a great time before driving him to join his parents and sister in Telluride on Saturday morning.

 Presents from Mimi and Grandad

 Jackson and Grandad are having fun flying planes.

 Have you ever squirted whipped cream into your mouth?
Jackson thinks this is great!

 Jackson's cozy bed for the night.

 Bear wants to sleep with Jackson.

We arrived in Telluride on Saturday morning, before noon. Roger and I wanted to hike one of our very favorite, but tough hikes - The Jud Wiebe Trail. We have hiked this trail many times, but love the views. The pics below show what we saw on that hike.
 Roger, Abby and Bear just before the hike.

 On the Jud Wiebe Trail

 A beautiful view of the box canyon with the town of Telluride in the foreground.

 Telluride from around 9,000 feet.

 Ski Trails

After the hike, Grandad and Mimi tell Jackson and his family goodbye.
Roger, Bear and I headed back to Montrose.

We left Montrose for Ouray on Tuesday morning. Ouray (pronounced Uray) is considered the Switzerland of the United States.

The Unity leads the way to Ouray.
It was a quick trip.

The view out of our front window for the six nights we spent in Ouray.

Tall mountains all around us.

A picture of the Unity at the J and J Campground.

Uncompahgre River runs through the town.

Roger poses on Main Street in Ouray.

Ouray, an important silver mining town in the late 1800's, is now known for it's hiking, jeeping, world class ice climbing and cycling these days.  We decided our first hike would be Perimeter Trail that surrounds the town. After a steep climb, the trail leveled out.

 Ouray sits at 7,700 feet.

 Bear and Roger pause for a pic.

 The Cascade Waterfall

 Another pic of Ouray.

We took a day trip to Silverton and Molas Lake. The drive took us south, out of Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway. There are no barriers on this very steep road because in the winter, the accumulated snow has to be pushed off the road. It is truly one of the most spectacular drives that we have seen.

 This short tunnel had to be carved out of the mountain.
We could not have driven our Tour on this road, through the tunnel.

 Molas Lake

 Molas Lake

 Molas Lake

 An overview shot of Silverton
Silverton was a very famous silver mining town.

 Million Dollar Highway (Ouray to Silverton)

Sheer rock cliffs line the highway.

Our hike on Saturday morning was Bear Creek. This was the hike that really tested us with a steep, very narrow vertical climb over lots of rock. As usual, Bear had no trouble.

 Our hike took us over the tunnel on the Million Dollar Highway.

 Red Mountain sits at the back of the picture.

 These are truly the moments that your breath away.

Ouray is at the bottom of the canyon in the distance.
What a great hike!

Finally I leave you with the fact that this is the 169th pictorial blog of our adventures over the past 3 1/2 years. We have made the decision to stop full time RVing and will reside in Park City, Utah, beginning August 19th. We are excited about the next phase of our lives and doing the things we love: skiing, hiking, mountain and road biking and yes, they have Pickleball courts!

We will keep the Unity for short trips back to our favorite national parks in the West. We feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel in North America. Driving, a total of three RV's, over 40,000 miles, we have seen breath-taking scenery. Along the way we met great people and resumed friendships from elementary through high school days, college days, and Air Force days. We have truly had an incredible adventure and feel so fortunate to be Americans!

Thank you to friends and family who have followed us in this adventure via the blog. We truly have appreciated your interest in our RVing lifestyle.

I also leave you with my favorite quotation that sums up the experience for me: "Life is not measured in the number of breaths you take, but in the moments that take your breath away."

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