Not Sure We're Cool Enough To Hang Out Here

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Jan 25, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27-29

We worked our way over to Telluride, Colorado, stopping at the 4 Corners Monument along the way.  Four corners is the only place in the US where 4 states touch at a single point - Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.  It's a barren spot in the middle of the desert.  In fact, it is so isolated and worthless that it's all Indian reservations.  Let's see.  We took almost all of the land from the Native Americans and gave them some of the most desolate and arid places in the US in exchange.  Then, we built a concrete monument in the middle of that land. 

Turns out, we finally gave them the monument. So now, it's run by the Native Americans and they charge $3 per person to see it.  Our (US) National Parks pass isn't valid, but we paid the money and went in anyway.

It's quite a unique spot.  There's no fresh water or even a town nearby.  The monument is slab of concrete with lines on it showing the four state boundaries.  Surrounding that are a bunch of stalls where the Native Americans sell crafts and such.

It was all tragically comical -  Native Americans running a monument that's only there because of the random political divisions of their former land into four US states.  We didn't stay very long.

After that brief stop, we drove into the San Juan mountains of Colorado.  If you've never been, there are breathtaking views everywhere.  We drove up the valley containing the Dolores River and then headed down past Mesa Verde into Telluride.

Telluride is a cute little mountain town that is mostly flooded with tourists year-round: skiers in the winter and artists and vacationers in the summer.  I think there's a music, yoga, car, film or artist festival every weekend.  We just missed the huge Telluride Bluegrass festival. 

We spent 4-5 hours wondering around the town, had a nice lunch, met a few locals, did a bit of shopping and then headed up to a recommended alpine lake 10 miles away called Woods Lake.

Woods Lake is a small alpine lake at around 9,500 ft.  There were some day hikers there, but by nightfall, we had the place to ourselves.  The lake sits below a towering 14er called Mount Wilson.  We hiked up to some lakes at the base of it the next morning.  Samson and Quincy loved it.  Above treeline, it was only 40 degrees with lots of snow fields.  The wind was fierce.  Now a very hospitable place, even in late June. 

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