Monday, August 31, 2015

Hooray For Ouray


Granny was in town. We were WAY overdue for a small getaway - and everybody we know says "Ouray is BEAUTIFUL!"

So we packed up the van and pointed it that direction Friday morning.

We didn't know that even just the drive there would be filled with so much of His awesome and beautiful handi-work!

But it was... we passed all kinds of gorgeous bodies of water (that the picture above does no justice...)...


Multiple times we had to stop and take pictures.


And selfies.


Finally - around 5:30 we rolled into our cozy little lodge in what can only be described as a quintessential mountain town.


Ouray sits on some natural hot springs - and our lodge just happened to have 3 pools fed by them.

Laura had read about this and at the last second packed the swimsuits without anybody knowing...

The goofball gang was pumped to get some soaking and swimming on the schedule in the natural, mineral filled 90+ degree water!


Mountain towns apparently close down all kinds of early - so we had to hustle to the awesome little downtown area to grab some dinner... before heading back to the lodge to grab some zzzz's for the big day tomorrow.


We were up early, dressed, had breakfast and at our Jeep Tour spot by 8:15...


After hearing some pretty tall stories from our fun tour guide and driver, Greg - including some crazy history in this saloon right here...


It was time to load up and head out for some Jeep fun.

And we were ready!


The sun was crazy warm - until ya hit the shady parts of the road.

At that altitude - no sun in the shade equals COLD!


At one point - the driver pulled over and asked all of us for our cameras.

He ran back a bit and took this picture...


To show us how precariously close to the edge we were!


No matter how close we were to the edge - this crew was loving it!


And even though she wouldn't look towards that edge very much - Laura was absolutely loving it too!


We eventually rolled up on some remnants of a "Ghost Town" where they used to mine in the late 1800's!


We even got to jump out and do a little hunting for gold ourselves...


Meron insists this one has gold in it and we need to get it inspected!


We quickly got back on the road and kept on climbing...


to views like this...


and this!


And saw more run down mills and mines destroyed by time and avalanches!


Until finally we saw these twin waterfalls on the Sneffles Creek...


as we rolled in to the Yankee Boy Basin!


Here we were given an hour to get out and explore - and explore we did!


Granny had NEVER EVER seen a waterfall in her entire life - so the goal was to get her down to the water!


And she had plenty of guides ready to get her there!


We had a pretty good buddy system going as we made our way down the sometimes hard to see trail...


Until finally - the twin falls popped out at us!


I love this next picture.

Granny was overcome by the falls, by God's majesty and the beauty of His work and just had to sit down and have a good cry.

Laura and granny prayed some prayers of thanksgiving - and this picture just captures everything I love about the mother of my kids... we're blessed to have been witnesses to this and thankful for my zoom lens!


The girls couldn't get close enough to the water - they were wanting to feel just how cold it was!


While Z-Dogg and I had our own adventures a little further downstream...


That may or may not have involved the throwing of rocks!


Seeing these two together - out enjoying His creations - was truly one of the best sights of the day!


And knowing they were under the watchful eye of Meron made us all feel a little safer!


Too quickly - it was time to hit the road again and head back down to town...


We stopped to pose with the only mountain lion we saw (WHEW!)


And then found a restaurant that allowed for both writing on the walls AND goofballs!

So we were set!


After lunch it was time to wave goodbye to our new favorite little mountain town as we headed back towards home...

Tired, sore... but determined to come back and spend more time here.


Laura summed up how I think the whole crew felt about the day...

OURAY - YOU ARE AWESOME!

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