Durango - Ouray - Montrose - Gunnison

Trip Start Aug 13, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Durango – Ouray – Montrose –

By far mums favourite day on the road.
As we drove north through the San Juan National Forest we saw some of
the prettiest scenery ever. Huge mountais surrounded us as we drove
over narrow passes to be greeted by more beautiful scenes. We then
found Ouray (pronounced you-ray). It is a town named after Native
American (Indian) Chief Ouray who was a peacemaker. It is also the
site of 'Galt's Gulch' in Atlas Shrugged. Ouray is completely
surrounded by mountains around 10,000 ft high. It has a real old
mining town feel and lots of character. Just to the north of town
there are hot mineral springs where you can swim, one of the pools is
almost as big as Caringbah pool. The water comes out of the ground
hot because of geothermal activity underground.

We then drove on to Montrose, Colorado
where we visited the Ute Indian Museum. This was both very
interesting and sad. I loved seeing the Indian head dresses made of
feathers and playing in a Tipi (teepee). I also loved the cradle
boards that the babies were strapped to for travel on their mothers
back. They had beautiful bead work to determine if the baby was a boy
or girl. The boys had geometric shapes and the girls flowers and
such. I was sad to see how the early US government broke their
promise to the Indians 4 times in various treaties and made the
native americans move away from the San Juan mountains because they
were mining for precious metals. The museum is on the site of Chief
Ourays property. Both he and his wonderful wife Chipeta are both
buried here.

That afternoon we ended our day in
Gunnison, Colorado where they were having a very cool car show. It is
an annual event where all and sundry turn out for a fun street party
as an opening to the weekend long fair.
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