We had one of those "WOWSER" days today. We drove over to Telluride and rode the gondola over to Mountain Village. When we started to get on the gondola a man with a HUGE dog asked us if we would mind having him and his dog ride with us. We told him we would be happy to have them. We told him how we had taken Ollie on rides with us in gondolas before too. :-)
Well, we found out he and Sophia are well known in the area. Sophia is allowed to run down the mountain from St. Sophia where the gondola stops half way between Telluride and Mountain Village. You can search Sophia Gondola Dog and Telluride on Google and see several videos about them. She goes swimming in the stream in Telluride and just plays in the grass etc. When she is ready to go back to her home at the top of the mountain, she simply goes back into the Gondola Station and waits on a ride. The people running the gondola know her well.
We also found out Sophia's master owns part of the huge Ridge Club at the top of the hill where he and Sophia live. He took us on a personal tour of the club, it was incredible! We were amazed at the scenery from his pool and the inside views. He even showed us the huge million dollar machines that keep the roads warm in the winter so snow does not accumulate on them. Wowser! They drive their golf carts down the hill to Telluride and must have a clear road to get there. What a life!
We seem to be very blessed everywhere we go, we meet wonderful people like this. What a priviledge to be taken on a tour of this incredible place. We love the town of Telluride and will be making several trips back. We are also planning to spend a month in the area after we leave here at the end of the month. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Colorado.