After wrapping up business in Lake City, it was on to our next destination, Ouray. This mountain town is just 20 miles west of Lake City. However, without the Hummer on hand, we had to go around. This meant backtracking 55 miles back north, then over another 40 miles west, then back down. The kids were all dead asleep and Kim and I just enjoyed the views of the expansive Blue Mesa Lake area. A very large body of water for Colorado. We pulled into Montrose and ate some lunch in the RV. Then made the rest of the short drive down into Ouray.
We are staying right in town at the 4J+1+1 RV park. I think it is the only one in town. Right up against the west edge of the cliffs. Only a river separates us and the town’s most popular attraction but we have a small footbridge to cross over. Everyone was ready to get wet so we walked over to the Ouray Hot Springs for a swim!
Kim and I came to Ouray back in the late 90s on a trip with Latitude, my employer at the time later bought by Cisco. My boss, Ted, brought in a mountaineering pro and he took us out on trails in the area. We relaxed in this pool after. It was a great time and planted a seed that eventually moved us from the Bay Area to Colorado. Oddly, we haven’t been back until now – over a decade later. Shows you there is a lot to do in this state we live in! We had too much to do elsewhere before making it back to this corner of Colorful Colorado.
Dogs are not allowed inside the pool (of course) so we found a nice corner of the pool and tied Wyatt up outside so we could pet him right through the fence. He had water and a blanket to lay on so he was comfortable. This was our only destination where we knew we would have a problem including him but we made due. We had tried leaving him in the RV (air-conditioned and all!) but he barks when we shut the door with him inside. Smart dog.
Just like Dad, he likes to defecate in beautiful places in the mountains.
Pretty easy day. Moving around pretty well. A little slow going from a sit to a stand as after nearly any race. The balls of my feet are probably the sorest. Thought the pool would help and it might have but they are still tender.
Not a bad Father’s Day…but it did take my family about 1/2 the day until they realized what day it was. Guess you lose track of time when you are living on the road!