Friday, July 31, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: I Know Where the Rainbow Ends!

It ends in Telluride, of course!! I'd say somewhere in the area of Clark's Market.

I had a completely different SkyWatch Friday planned when I looked out the window Thursday evening and saw this!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coming Around the Mountain

Super fun on Tomboy Road headed over Imogene Pass!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Black Bear Pass and Bridal Veil Falls

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!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My World Tuesday: Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is definitely a must-see at the east end of Telluride. I took this photo after we descended Black Bear Pass.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Where the Real Fun Begins

Black Bear Pass is famous for the dangerous switchbacks above Bridal Veil Falls. Fun or scary looking?

From this point I could see the next two levels of the road.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Neno Award

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!

Above Telluride

Descending Black Bear Pass.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Black Bear Pass Summit

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.

Friday, July 24, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

The view from the summit of Ophir Pass, first facing west and then east. Looking back at the photo facing east, I realize we were lucky it didn't rain as we descended into San Juan County.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

From the Shelf Road

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ophir Pass

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!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tis the Season For Construction

Construction is going on all over town during our snow-free summer. This is the Miner's Union getting a restored stairway.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thank Goodness For Ace!

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.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tomboy Bride

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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: The Sky and Nothing

This weekend nothing will be going on in the streets of Telluride for the annual Nothing Festival. The Nugget Theatre will also be charging nothing for the family movie Imagine That.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Patio Dining

Preparations being made on a perfect day to eat outside at Rustico.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Schaussi's Alpen Schatz

Telluride seems like the perfect setting for a Swiss shop such as Schaussi's Alpen Schatz. 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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


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!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Viewing the Past

Here are a couple more exhibits inside the Telluride Historical Museum. I wouldn't mind having dining room furniture like this!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shopping Like It's 1899

These are a couple of exhibits in the Telluride Historical Museum.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Telluride Plein Air Art Sale

On July 4th, artist were selling their work in Elks Park as part of the Plein Art Festival.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


While I was incredibly impressed by the unicycling basketball kids in the parade, I have to admit my daughter was impressive on her pogo stick. That's quite a bit of pogo-ing!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Party Like It's 2006

This group always has the most entertaining and unique ideas for the 4th of July parade. "Party Like It's 2006" is referring to the good old days when everyone thought the economy was great.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Unicycle Basketball

Unicycle basketball during a parade takes some serious skills!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy 4th of July!! This photo is the Veterans marching in our town parade this morning.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

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 Pool

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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Theme Day: Empty

The chairs on the ski lifts are completely EMPTY, which I thought made a fitting photo for July's theme day!!

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