Friday, April 15, 2011
Greetings from Durango, Colorado. The family is here, minus canine and feline members (thanks to my family for staying with the animals and watching the house). Eric is here for a conference and Cordelia and I decided to tag along. Yesterday was supposed to be a quick drive from Rifle, CO to Durango. We made the trip in good time until the last 74 miles when the weather turned on us as we entered a terrifying mountain pass just outside of the picturesque town of Ouray.
We started up the mountain and could see that there were dark storm clouds gathering. The road was two lanes up a ridiculously steep (cliffs) mountain, no guard rails. Seriously folks I have never in my life seen anything like this. We were following behind a plow. Eric and I began to feel a bit terrified. The plow stopped and told us that we would "probably" be able to make it as he kicked our tires. Ummmmm...probably? The other probably is that we might plummet to our deaths. Then it started to snow. So we turned around (no small matter) and crept back down the mountain.
We stopped in Ridgway to find a way around the passes to get to Durango. While in the small town of Ridgway we got directions (not without a little city slicker treatment for not braving the pass--hello we don't have 4wd or a death wish). We did get to see their small train museum and were given a quick tour, which was kind of a treat and also a calming let down from the adreniline rush of the pass adventure (did I mention I am crazy terrified of heights). We ended up taking a several hour detour. * Later we learned that they closed the pass.
Our detour led us out of the mountains and into the desert-y area known as Disappointment Valley, where renegade cows held the road hostage.
We followed the Northstar.
Eventually we made it back to civilization. Finding our way to anAMAZING Victorian hotel (more on that later with photos).
Cordelia, who was awake for all but 1 1/2 hours of the journey, was an ANGEL. She could have made the journey very unpleasant. Instead she was a little charmer, no worse than the occasional whine!
We settled in our hotel for the night, exhausted by the unexpected journey. Durango is a gorgeous area of the country and today Cordelia and I are going to explore the town while Eric is conferencing. I see there is a well reviewed veg restaurant as well! Can't wait to try it out.
What have you been up to?
Posted by Maria Rose at Friday, April 15, 2011