Friday, July 3, 2009

Ouray to Telluride to Purgatory

Countless times I have cursed the photo program on my Mac for not allowing me to make collages. Am I just not finding the right spot for doing that? This is one of those posts where a collage would have been nice.....sorry--there's just picture after picture!

We loaded up the kids, let the air out of the tires, and headed out of town.   We looked back to see Ouray as we started along Imogene Trail.      It goes to heights of over 13,000 feet.   The scenery is amazing!!    The company is even better. 

Our kids and the Koford kids posed for a picture when we reached the top of the trail-John and I decided to pose a little bit too!    I find John almost irresistable when he is driving this crew around in the 1971 Swiss Military 6WD vehicle.    It's just so stinkin' manly!

Once we crossed over to the Telluride side, before you drop into town, we explored the remains of the old Tomboy mines.    There was an old stone house that had rocks with sparkly-gold-looking flecks.    Elise enjoyed looking around at them and we wished Aunt Keryn the geologist were with us!

We continued on and as we dropped down into Telluride, we could look acrossed the basin and see Black Bear trail which we have taken with the Kofords several times.    You can see Bridal Veil Falls which is the furthest falling waterfall in the state.

We made it into Telluride and could feel the big temperature difference.   We parked, lost some layers, and got some lunch.    The big kids enjoyed having their own table.   We enjoyed it too.

We went home on a trail we haven't taken before called Bolam Pass.    We took pictures at this spot where you can see Lizard Head in the background (it's the pointy rock above the Pinz).   We saw where Graysill mine once was.   This is the mine that provided materials for the first atomic bomb.   It is no longer operating.   Bolam Pass drops you right back in behind our beloved Purgatory Ski Resort.     Jackson loved seeing the trails he had skied last winter now covered in green.   

No matter how many times we do these trails, I am always awed by the beauty of the high mountains.    I also am amazed at the audacity and innovation that early settlers showed when they were developing mines and the associated trails, rails, and towns.    I enjoy seeing the remnants of their hard work and industry and I am grateful for the sacrifices they made so they could improve not only their own standard of living, but the quality of life for all Americans.


Lanazydaisy said...

Just one thing missing on your great outdoor adventure...US!! Glad you had an awesome 4th!! Love you much. Nazy

Keryn said...

Okay, that does it--next year we're coming! I want to see the mines and the mountains and tell the kids all about geology until they are begging me to shut up! Would there be room for us?

Mimi said...

I can barely those miners lived up there either...what a life! It is totally amazing to me. And what a way to bag a peak..or two or three!