On Friday we got packed up and continued down traveling west on 50, then south on 550 to Ouray traveling 85 miles.
We arrived at 4J +1 +1 RV Park and Campground. We paid $32 per night plus tax.
There was no one in the office and a note on the door that said to park and come back at 3:30. So we parked and got set-up. Jesse had problems getting the satellite hooked up again and we just decided not to try any more. We knew we didn’t come here to watch TV.
Jesse got the grill out and we grilled chicken and I made a salad and left over pasta as side dishes. It was yummy.
I put the left overs away and we decided to walk around the little town of Ouray.
We walked in a few shops and went to the visitors center. We asked the lady behind the desk what she would do if she had one day to spend in the area. She told us to take a jeep tour of Imogene Pass.
There were many different companies to choose from, she told us the one to choose was Switzerland of America. She said they had the best equipment.
So we went by there to see about taking a tour tomorrow. It was just a short distance down the road and the girl behind the counter said they were full for 1/2 day morning tour. We preferred the afternoon tour anyway (thinking it would be warmer) so that worked out well.
We went home and read until time to go off to dream land.
We were up and out looking for a light breakfast. We found a little shop that sold bagels and we each ordered one. Then to took a drive to Box Canon Falls, paid the $4.00 entrance fee and walked the trail to the falls.
More wild life on the nature trail.
When we were finished with this we went back home to walk the boys and get ready to go on our tour. We were to be there at 1:20.
We arrived and met our guide Mike and our travel complains Scott and Camilla.
We were very surprised for the rugged ride that was ahead of us. BUT it was soooo much fun and BEAUTIFUL. We took about 150 pictures. Here is a sample
A gold mine that was shut down in 1980, until just this year when it was purchased and reopened. They are reprocessing the tailings in this 1st picture and the second is the opening.
A narrow drive way – looking back from where we came from.
The wild life we saw
It was awesome, awesome and cold!
We returned at 5PM and went home to the boys.
Grilled some brats for dinner and relaxed. We walked to the town again so Jesse could get some ice cream.
Today we continued to travel south on 550 on the San Juan Skyway. It took us ONE HOUR to travel the 1st 25 miles, Jesse says nerve racking and very exhausting.
We had to stop for about 30 minutes so that the brakes on the truck could cool down. It took us a total of 4 hours to go 117 miles.
We arrived at 2pm in Cortez, CO staying at LaMesa RV Park. Passport America rate of $41.60 for 2 nights.
We had leftovers for dinner, then we drove into town and got a blizzard for dessert.