Where We Be
At the height of summer, while our home was
still on the market and moving nowhere fast, we
took some time out for a brief trip to Durango,
Silverton, and Ouray in beautiful Southwest
Colorado. We shared this trip with our college
friend Alan Pate and his mom. We drove the
scenic Million Dollar Highway, helped with car
transport while Alan and his mom took the
Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railway, and
shared a wonderful picnic together at stunning
Yankee Boy Basin. We stayed at the quaint but
basic Riverside Cabins in Ouray and reminded
ourselves why we love our state so much.
Robin and I did one memorable hike on our own
along Bear Creek trail. This marvel of Old-West
engineering has to be seen to be believed. The
miners who built it had to blast a ledge in places
out of the sheer rock wall. The trail barely clings
to the precipice and offers some spectacular
dropoffs. This is definitely not a hike to attempt
if you have a fear of heights! After a strenuous
climb (2800 feet in 4.2 miles), we reached the
site of the long since abandoned Yellow Jacket
mine. The mine is situated in a picturesque
meadow with a stream, a dilapidated cabin, and
even a rusty old cot.
|We holed up at Riverside Cabins in Ouray for a few days of relaxation in Southern Colorado
|Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge train pulling into Silverton
|Timer photo of the four of us at our picnic at Yankee Boy Basin
|Rocky mountain columbine, the state flower
|A stagecoach makes its way down the hard-packed dirt streets of Silverton
|Tilted mine building -- how many years before it topples?
|Robin peeks in a window at Yellow Jacket Mine
|Yankee Boy Basin -- Wow! Wouldn't you like to have a picnic here? We have it pretty good here in Colorado!
|Rushing stream at the Yellow Jacket Mine
|Bear Creek Trail -- yikes!!! Can you see the two people halfway up?
|You have to be pretty desperate to take a nap on an abandoned cot like this!