Saturday, September 7, 2013

Exploring Southern Colorado

After only two nights in New Mexico, John and I left for an adventure in southern Colorado (trying to get in some fun before John had to start work!).  We explored Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride - and we had a great little taste of each town.

Durango was fun, but unless you are hiking (or doing some other outdoor activity) or riding the train to Silverton, there isn't a whole lot to see.  We spent the day downtown (doing some shopping and dining), and we were able to cover everything we wanted to see fairly easily.



From Durango we headed to Silverton.  We weren't planning on staying the night in Silverton, but due to 3 different mudslides on the way to Ouray, the road (Red Mountain Pass) was closed, and we were forced to stay the night.  This unexpected night's stay turned out to be a ton of fun!  We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast and went to dinner at a fun place called Montanya, which distills their own rum.  The clientele consisted of maybe 15 people... all of whom clearly knew each other - they must have been guides for fly fishing, rafting or something like that.



After our night's stay in Silverton, we hiked the Ice Lake trail in the Rockies... it was incredible.  I had never done "real" hiking before, and it was the perfect first hike.  It was considered a "moderate - strenuous" hike according to our guidebook, and I would say that is pretty accurate.  The elevation increase was what made it difficult, not the trail itself per se.



The next night we stayed in Ouray, and went to a fun brew pub for dinner (it seemed like there were a ton of breweries everywhere we went).  Ouray is a small town, surrounded by the Rockies on all sides - it was beautiful.  No pictures that we took will do it justice.



The last city that we visited was Telluride which was, by far, my favorite city.  When we were there, the Telluride Film Festival was happening - Robert Redford and a few other celebrities were there (last year, George Clooney was in town... my only Hollywood crush!). So many cool shops and yummy restaurants. Telluride also has a gondola that takes you to the other side of the mountain. It makes for gorgeous views!



While in Telluride we also did a 4x4 tour of Imogene Pass.  It was raining pretty hard on the way up the mountain, and even started to hail, but we were able to make it to the top for the incredible views.



It is great that I am married to John because I would not be inclined to do these types of adventures (hiking, etc.) on my own.  In fact, if I never did a hike, I don't think that I would feel like I was missing out on anything... but getting to see these things and do fun hikes, is something that definitely makes my life feel so much richer (and when you're done, you're like, wow - I just hiked up that?! That's so tall!).  This adventuring is one of the many reasons that Lisa loves John. :)

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