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Oct 17, 2020 - Mesa Verde

Ouray, CO Covid-19 has affected most of the National Parks in some way and Mesa Verde is no exception. At Mesa Verde we were told that there were no ranger tours so no one could actually go inside the cliff dwellings. That is something we had really enjoyed on a previous visit. Nonetheless, there was plenty to see. About Ad 550, the Ancestral Pueblo People moved onto Mesa Verde. For over 700 years, these people lived and flourished here, eventually building elaborate stone communities in the sheltered alcoves of the overhanging cliffs of...

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Aug 2, 2020 - One Million Dollars!!!

We started this week’s adventure on the Million Dollar Highway. The Million Dollar Highway is the portion of Highway 550 between Durango, Colorado and Ouray, Colorado. It is unclear how it got this name. We’ve heard several explanations....It cost a Million Dollars to build, It has Million Dollar views, and "I wouldn’t drive that again for a Million Dollars!!" It is a treacherous highway - a very steep, twisty mountain road with numerous hair-pin turns, sheer drop-offs and no guardrails (in many places). Our start on the Million Dollar...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail is recognized as a National Recreation Trail because of its particularly unique and spectacular nature. The trail is steep and narrow with many switchbacks at the beginning. Round trip travel time to the Yellow Jacket Mine is about a 4 to 6 hour hike. Distance to the mine is approximately 4.2 miles, starts at an elevation of 8,470 ft. and ends at 11,130 ft. with an elevation gain of 2,660 ft. For about 1/2 of the trail's length there are many ledges and cliffs. The first section of the trail crosses a large talus field with...

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2019 RV Adventure

May 16, 2019 - A River Runs Through It

From Moab, we needed to head toward Pagosa Springs, where I would be spending two weeks working with Habitat for Humanity. Since we had a few days, I decided to go back through Ouray, Colorado. I had driven through Ouray last year and thought it was one of the most stunning places I had ever seen. So, why not spend a few days there? We arrived on a Tuesday afternoon. At 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Ossy neeed to go potty. This is not an unusual occurrence as since Presley’s death, we make a nightly excursion outside (typically around...

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Gypsy Journey

Jun 11, 2018 - Silverton

Silverton “There’s no gold in them there hills, but we have silver by the ton!”, that’s how Silverton got its name. A quaint little former mining town that boasts a Harley Davidson – at the highest elevation in the world. After a recommendation from the Harley worker, we headed down the street for some lunch at Handlebars. Entering in the door you are immediately taken back in time to the saloons made popular by the miners in the area. The wooden floors are original and the walls are hand hewn logs displaying a menagerie of animals, teeth...

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Westward Ho 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - Telluride

Telluride “To hell you ride” a slogan given to this remote mountain town before the laying of the San Juan Highway. Snaking along the valley of the mountain today the ride is easy with long expanses of (semi) straight roads, cresting the Dallas Divide at 8,970 feet, and swooping curves following streams gushing with clear, crisp mountain waters. The red rock rising up from the valley is dotted with spruce trees clinging tenuously to the rock. It never ceases to amaze me how nature will find a way to survive in the bleakest of conditions....

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Westward Ho 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Ouray

Ouray To say that today’s ride was exhilarating would definitely be an understatement. We headed south from camp to the town of Ouray. Oh, my goodness, what a quaint western town! The town is located on the side of the mountain near the valley of the San Quan Mountain range. No horizontal surfaces here, every structure built into the side of the mountain. As we entered the grocery store the entrance and 10 feet or so into the store the rock walls spoke of times changed by human hands. Further into the store man’s hand was quite evident. We...

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Westward Ho 2018

Jun 8, 2018 - Heart of the Rockies

Heart of the Rockies We packed everything up and said our goodbyes to 10,000’ elevation, the place we had called home for the past week. We left Cripple Creek late morning and made our way westward. Heading out on highway 24 we encountered some climbs and some curves. The easy-going drive led us through Wilkerson Pass at 9,500 feet and in the distance a horizon of snow-capped mountains loomed ahead. Passing through an open area, barren of green life and relatively flat, we saw homesteads of nothing more than a travel trailer in the middle...

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Westward Ho 2018

Jul 28, 2017 - Ouray CO 2

We rented our 2017 Jeep Rubicon, "Goldie", and picked it up last evening before we drove to Yankee Boy Basin. Ken really tested out his driving skill today as we drove Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass, California Pass, and part of Engineers Pass as we completed the Alpine Loop back to Ouray. The rain hit us hard in the afternoon just as we were at the most treacherous part of the road. These old mining roads are not generous on space! On our return to Ouray, we drove out Camp Bird Road again, this time going to Sydney Basin. The basin next...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Ouray CO 1

Ouray is another quaint western town that shrinks to a population of 1000 once the snows come at the end of October. The Uncompaghre Mountains still have a lot of their snow. Ouray calls itself the Jeep Capital of the U.S. - they at least compete with Moab, Utah for that title. Ouray is just east, over the mountains, from Telluride. One does not drive between the two easily, however. The roads to the flowers here are seriously rugged. We drove to Ridgeway today, drove along the Dallas Divide, and part way up Last Dollar Road. In the...

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Jul 17, 2016 - Ouray CO

July 16 Did a day trip to Telluride today. Telluride was once a mining town and is now a ski area. Like Ouray it is in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. We went up to Mountain Village which is an area half way up the south mountain. There are a number of hotels and condos where the rich people go when then ski. July 17 Today was an all day jeep tour day for me. Dianna did not go as an off road trip would be too hard on her bad back. So she stayed around the campground with Cody for the day. We rode in a 6 person jeep. I had...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Ouray CO

July 14 Moved from Durango to Ouray today. The truck got a real workout dragging the trailer up and down those steep grades but she got it done. The campground is really nice located adjacent to the Uncompahgre River. There is a river walk trail and our site is large with a clear south facing location so the satellite works. July 15 Did some exploring today retracing some of our route from yesterday but this time without the trailer. Stopped at a number of pullouts to take photos of the scenery. Tomorrow we take a day trip to Telluride.

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