Needing to take a hiking break, on Wednesday Debbie, Kim, Jim and I decided to take a day trip to Telluride, 49 miles from Ouray on paved roads, just 17 miles if you have Jeep and are a very experienced off-road driver. We took the long way, a very scenic drive with little traffic.
Once we got to Telluride the traffic was heavy, parking was at a premium, and Jim was wishing he had stayed home.
Of course that was before we had an excellent pizza and beer at High Pie Pizzeria and Taproom. We highly recommend it.
Kim and Debbie goofing around, and they didn’t even have beer.
We wandered the streets and took a free gondola ride up the mountain. Found this nice house just a half block from the gondola, 2,100 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, for a mere $5,199,000. Location, location.
Scenes from the gondola and Mountain Village at 10,500’. They have bike carriers so you can ride up on the gondola and have a downhill bike ride all the way back.
Debbie kept an eye out for bears, since the first time we visited Telluride a local we met on the gondola said they can frequently be seen.
Mountain Village has shops, restaurants, hotels, and things to occupy the kids.
Four hours before the free concert and people were already claiming their spots.
Then we checked out Bridal Veil Falls, at 365’ the tallest free-falling waterfall in the state of Colorado.
It was a fun afternoon but I’m not sure we would go back to Telluride. Too crowded and touristy for us.
The next day Mark and Bobbie suggested a bike ride to Ridgway, then continuing on to the state park and reservoir. Debbie and Kim would drive our Subarus with bike racks and meet us at the park in Ridgway, with lunch at Taco del Gnar following. Sounded like a great plan and saved us from having to ride 11 miles back, mostly uphill, to Ouray.
Jim, Chris and I met Mark and Bobbie along the way.
Waiting on Mark, who went back to take a picture of a camel.
We stopped at Dennis Weaver Park in Ridgway. He was a resident there for many years, living in a 10,000 square foot “earthship” home.
Anatomically correct eagle sculpture in the park.
A four mile paved trail continues on through the Ridgway State Park day use area to the reservoir. It was a scenic ride along the Uncomphagre River.
Then it was back to Ridgway where Debbie and Kim showed up with our cars. After our 20 mile ride we were glad we didn’t have to ride back to Ouray. We had a great lunch and would also highly recommend Taco del Gnar. Definitely gourmet quality food. It was another good day and a nice change of pace from hiking.