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27 September 2016

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison -- just a teaser

My desire yesterday to A) tidy up the house, B) finish editing a wedding, and C) watch the presidential debate left me no time to come up with a proper blog post for today! It's 1:44 in the morning and I would dearly love to go to bed, so for now I'll just post a teaser shot of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which Pat and I explored the day after Labor Day. Hopefully I'll have time this afternoon to go through my pictures of this gorgeous place and pick out a few to share with you tomorrow. It'll be worth the wait, I promise!

26 September 2016


Pat and I made a whirlwind, two-day getaway to the western slope earlier this month, visiting Ouray, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Today's post features a few pictures of Ouray (pronounced you-RAY), a little mountain town about 30 miles south of Montrose. Ouray is nicknamed the Switzerland of America, and from these pictures you can see why. It's gorgeous. It's the most beautiful little village I've ever seen. There are only about 1,000 lucky residents, and they have a nearly 360° view of the San Juan mountains. We couldn't believe how pretty it was! It's a very small city, so it driving through it only takes a few minutes, and the main road takes you quickly into the San Juans as soon as you exit the downtown. Almost immediately we came upon a scenic spot that had beautiful views, so we parked the car (there was a generously sized parking lot just for this purpose). We could see that there was a platform that jutted out over a deep gorge. I was happy to just take in the mountains without venturing onto the platform, but Pat discovered that there was a mind bogglingly beautiful waterfall to be seen from it. So I took a deep breath and crept out there and holy crap it was amazing. So very beautiful! But scary, because did I mention that Pat and I both have a healthy fear of heights? So we were simultaneously scared out of our minds standing on that platform while being blown away by the sheer beauty of this place. After taking a few pictures (you're welcome, I was scared to death but I took these for you, dear readers), we decided to continue up the road and see if it got even prettier. We saw a cattle truck proceed before us, so we figured it was an easy drive. Wrong. It turns out we were driving on Highway 550, the infamous Million Dollar Highway, which features breathtaking views, hairpin turns, sheer drop offs, and no guardrails. It's a one lane road, and it was getting dark out, and both of us were terrified when we realized what we had gotten into! No thanks! After about half a mile of white knuckling it, we found a good place to turn around and headed back to Ouray. I must say, I've lived in Colorado almost my entire life and am extremely accustomed to driving mountain passes. Even the scary ones (like Independence Pass) don't faze me. But the Million Dollar Highway was terrifying! So if you ever go to Ouray and decide to drive the Million Dollar Highway, it's a good idea to do it in the daytime, make sure your car has good tires and brakes, and be extra careful. And enjoy the view!
Ouray from above. It's so pretty.

Here's a little video I made of Bear Creek Falls. It's amazing how steady my hands were, considering how terrified I was!

25 September 2016

Sunday Style!

I love a person who's not afraid to stand out! I found this fashion original at Poor Richard's last weekend, and she cheerfully posed for me for a few quick snaps out on the sidewalk. I am chagrined to admit that I can't remember her name! I wrote it down but can't find my notes, and without my notes I'm hopeless. Anyway, everything she's wearing telegraphs how unique and quirky she is, from the bat wing hair clips to the kitty cat shoes. Love it!

24 September 2016

The Gunnison River

Earlier this month Pat and I took a spur of the moment mini-vacation to the western slope, to explore Ouray, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. It was breathtaking in more ways than one! Here's a shot of the Gunnison River at the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. (Yes it really is this beautiful. This photo doesn't quite do it justice, honestly.) I'll be blogging more pictures from our little adventure next week, so stay tuned!

23 September 2016

Skywatch Friday

I met some friends for dinner at this Colorado Springs institution a couple of nights ago. When we left, the sky was that lovely indigo hue that happens just before nightfall.

For more Skywatch Friday images by bloggers the world over, click HERE. Have a great weekend!

22 September 2016


Does this squirrel look guilty? Nah, he's not guilty. I put some stale bagel chips out in our shade garden for the neighborhood critters, and caught this little guy partaking. He froze when he noticed me with my camera.

21 September 2016


If you're a habitué of the Starbucks at University Village, you'll recognize this art piece, which greets you in the drive through lane. I'm not a big Starbucks drinker but Pat is, and since he's also a fan of convenience, I've gotten to know all the Starbucks drive throughs in town quite well ;^) I don't necessarily think this is an egregiously bad piece of art -- in fact it's even somewhat charming -- but it's cheapened by its location.

Tomorrow I'll post a cute picture of a squirrel to make up for the obvious laziness of today's picture! Ha ha!