Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 4: Telluride

Can't.  Keep.  Up.

Maybe I'll get ahead with these two now in school.



Nope.  Probably Not.

On with the vacation recap.  (hee, hee....I almost wrote c*ap...I've got to lay off the coffee!)  It's only been nearly a month ago that we ventured to southwestern Colorado.  And I'm only on day 4 out of...ahhh....10 days.  Good golly.

Day 4 found us in Tellruide.  Still. 

Day 4 found Biker Boy and I getting up at 5:30am to head into Telluride to start a 14 mile hike before the monsoon storms rolled in.  Yes, I said 5:30am and 14 miles in the same sentence.  Crazy.

And let me tell you what else was crazy....the parking in Telluride.  With a 14 mile hike we didn't really want to park over a mile away from the trail head.  But alas...we drove around for 30 minutes trying to find a place to park.  We found pay parking, but you could only park there for 3 hours max.  Right....like I'm going to do a 14 mile hike with over 3000ft of elevation gain in 3 hours?!  Okay, don't get me started on Telluride parking....hate it.

After finding a parking spot where we wouldn't be ticketed, we took off.  And hiked and hiked and hiked.  We started the same time as a runner and ended up meeting him again.  He did that 14 miles in about 3 hours....that was amazing and humbling. 

  

Anyhoo....it was a beautiful hike.  The bazillion photos I took don't do it justice.  Plus I didn't end up touching any of them up.  I told you I couldn't keep up, right?  Well, touching up photos apparently falls behind in trying to get a few of them posted. 


It was a lovely day with my handsome hubby.  That guy rocks my world!  And did you see how high we got?  We were above the ski resort. 

Biker Boy bought me a cookie the day before and brought it along as a surprise at lunch time.  He also packed it as a bribe...maybe he is too use to hiking with the kids....but whatever, it worked.  He knows how I love chocolate.  Did I mention that I love that man?  I must if I'd do a 14 mile hike.


And I must love him if I'd do this....when I saw this trail venturing up the rocky steep slope, I was all..."Seriously, we have to go up that? Isn't that a mountain goat trail?  Where's the real trail?" 


We went up it and it really wasn't too bad once you were on it.  I was glad we were going up it and not down.  Until I remembered we had to go down the other side, but it really wasn't that bad. 
Just.  Don't.  Look.  Down.


Oh, did I mention the dog came with us?  And he hiked the entire 14 miles?  We were prepared to carry him in our back packs if we needed to, but he had more energy than us.  Especially when he saw the marmots that were bigger than him. 


It started raining and hailing on the way down.  Poor dog, he didn't like that.  Thankfully it didn't last long and we hit the tree line when it started thundering.  Good thing, cause Biker Boy knows how much I hate being out in storms and I will hike like a maniac if it starts to storm.  It hurt going down.  Seriously hurt.  Biker Boy is still sporting a black and blue toenail from that hike. 

But it was fun.  Oh, we did the Sneffles Highline Trail for anyone wanting to know what we did.  Google it. 

After meeting back up with the grandparents and our kids we headed back to Telluride for another adventure.  Grandpa drove us up the 4x4 road to the top of Bridal Veil Falls.  Thrilling and beautiful and rainy. 


Then we took the free gondola ride.  That was the highlight for the kids.  Plus we stopped to buy cookies.  Did I mention that it was raining?  Oh, it rained on most of our vacation. 



And that folks...is Day 4. 

And now, I've got to do some serious house cleaning since 2 little ones are gone.  You do not want to know how long it's been since I've cleaned the bathrooms and mopped the floor.  Uff dah.

Anyone else missing their babies?

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