Jeeping Once Again!

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
Trip End Jul 29, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Today, we packed up and started on our drive up to Ouray, Colorado, for a fun weekend of jeep trails and wildflowers! After stopping for a quick lunch at Chick-Fil-A, we continued on up to Ouray, through Durango, and over the Million-Dollar Highway. The views of the surrounding mountains, forests, lakes, and wildflowers are beautiful! We saw many yellow wildflowers, as well as Fireweed! There are also great views of the mountain towns of Silverton and Ouray as the road winds down the mountain. However, the narrow road is a bit scary to drive. 

After a beautiful drive, we drove down into Ouray, and drove through town to our hotel, where we checked in and unpacked. We then drove into town to eat dinner while we waited until we could pick up our rental jeep. We enjoyed a pizza at the Goldbelt Bar and Grill while it rained outside. Our jeep was ready to pick up while we were waiting for dinner, so we drove it back to the restautrant so it would be there and ready to go as soon as we were done eating.

After dinner, we got in the jeep and headed for Brooklyn Pass, a trail that we were told would have a good chance of having lots of wildflowers! We had never been on this pass before, so we were happy to add a new trail to our list! It was so great to be out in a jeep in the mountains of Colorado!! The dirt road wound through the trees, then climbed up above the trees, with a great view of the surrounding area while on top of the mountain. The road then went back down into the trees, where we stopped to take pictures of a large, beautiful field of Fireweed! The flowers themselves were beautiful, but the view was made even better by the deer standing in the flowers! We watched and took pictures for quite a while.

After Brooklyn Pass, it was still light enough to drive another jeep trail, so we chose one of our favorites: Brown Mountain! The past two years, the meadow at the end of this drive has been filled with wildflowers, including Columbines! We were hoping it would be this way again. A few minutes into the drive, we crossed the small stream, and continued driving through the forest, past some old mining structures. When we got to the meadow, there were no flowers at all. We were really disappointed not to see the same beautiful sight we had seen there for the past two years, but we still really enjoyed the scenic view, as well as the drive! As we turned around to head back to Ouray, it was starting to get dark, and that and the rainclouds turned the sky a deep blue color behind the reddish-orange mountains. It was beautiful!

Driving back into town, the lights from the town filled the dark valley. We drove back to our hotel, and we are now watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, while we plan for our day full of jeeping tomorrow!!
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