I think I have posted a photo very similar to this one in the past, but this is the view of the zig-zagging road we descended for the Telluride side of Black Bear Pass and Bridal Veil Falls last week. Yes, it is true there is a family that lives in the power station house during the summer! Last year they had a couple of horses behind the house and even a trampoline for the kids.
By the way, I took this as we drove over our other major trail, Imogene Pass, which is a 16 mile trip from Telluride to Ouray. It was cloudy and rainy, but I got a few decent photos!
My friend Lois over at Tallahassee Daily Photo recently gave me a Neno award. The Neno Award is given to those who love blogging, love to encourage friendships through blogging, and who help others seek the reasons why we all love blogging. Lois always has a nice comment and encouraging word about my photos. She has visited Telluride in the past, and I hope she can again someday! Thanks so much Lois!
This is just a little bit above the summit sign for Black Bear Pass, which is one of the most extreme and dangerous 4-wheel drive passes in Colorado. The summit reaches an elevation of 12,840 feet above sea level.
I didn't take a summit sign photo due to the crowd of people around it seen here.
This is the view from the shelf road of Ophir Pass. Nestled down in the valley is our neighboring town of Ophir, population around 130. Most of the people there work in Telluride and the children go to Telluride schools. Since the San Juan Mountains have some of the most avalanche-prone terrain in the continental United States, occasionally in the wintertime the town of Ophir is avalanched in for a few days.
This is a great view of the shelf road of Ophir Pass taken from my Jeep while my husband's cousin drove our CJ-7 behind us. While some of the trails are taken slowly, Ophir Pass really is a shortcut for us when we drive to Silverton and Durango. This pass reaches an elevation of 11,789 feet above sea level and is one of the more mild trails in our area, although I admit this section makes me a little bit nervous!
Since Telluride is a National Historic District, no fast food chains or franchise stores are allowed, other than Ace Hardware! Other than Ace, the closest large hardware stores are in Montrose in Cortez, well over an hour away. Ace is really good about stocking chairs and tarps for our local festivals, too.
My favorite exhibit at the Telluride Historical Museum is for the Tomboy Bride, the book written by Harriet Backus of her experiences living in mining camps, specifically in the town of Tomboy up in Savage Basin above Telluride at over 11,000 feet in elevation. I have taken many pictures of this area driving through headed over Imogene Pass. The museum was originally a miner's hospital, and Harriet gave birth to her first child there, which was also the first child born in that hospital.
Telluride seems like the perfect setting for a Swiss shop such as Schaussi'sAlpenSchatz. You won't find a nicer shop owner than MaryDawn and if you are lucky, you may even get to see one of her Bernese Mountain Dogs.
These were not taken in Telluride, but at Lendonwood Gardens in Grove, Oklahoma. We just got back from a week long visit with all of our family in Oklahoma. I'm trying to catch up on everything I missed on-line!
Just as we were leaving Wilson Meadows on our hike earlier this week, I noticed a strange sort of backlit rainbow in the clouds to the left of Lizard Head Peak. I played with the color saturation in the second photo just for fun to bring out the rainbow.
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The swimming pool in Town Park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It is only $2 for kids and $4 for adults, and thank goodness it is heated to 83 degrees. We still have chilly nights and the sun isn't on the pool all day long, so the extra help with the temperature is needed.