Friday, July 31, 2009

Cloudy Day Over Imogene Pass

Even though the skies were cloudy on Tuesday, we still wanted to drive over Imogene Pass for the first time this year! I had a choice of Jeeping or cleaning the apartment. I think I made the right choice.
Looking over at the Black Bear Pass switchbacks and Bridal Veil Falls.
Ghost town of Tomboy.
Colorado Columbines.
Nearing the summit!
We didn't get out of the Jeep at the summit because the wind was blowing like crazy and it was probably not a good idea to risk getting struck by lightening.
Ptarmigan Lake.
There is still a little bit of snow on the Ouray side of the pass.
The road is open through the houses at the Camp Bird Mine, which is pretty neat, except that you totally miss the fun part of Camp Bird Road when you go this way!
Camp Bird Mine.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Garrett Finally Got His Braces Off!!

Garrett got his braces in November 2006. He had a tooth that wouldn't come in that complicated the whole process and ended up needing them at least 6 months past the original plan. Yesterday they were finally taken off!! He was so excited he even let me take his picture with his balloons and certificate from Dr. Chuck. They also gave him a bag of candy that included all the types he has missed out on! Yea Garrett!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Black Bear Pass All To Ourselves

After rafting in Durango, we started to go over Ophir Pass to get home, but then changed our minds and headed over Black Bear Pass. Since it was about 7 p.m. we knew it wouldn't be crowded, and I finally got a summit sign photo.
Twilight at Bridal Veil Falls.

Rafting the Animas River

While Tommie and Kim were staying in Durango last week, we met up with them to go rafting on the Animas River. For some reason this is something we have never gotten around to doing before, and it was fun to have friends to join. My dad just told me the full name of the Animas River is El Río de las Animas Perdidas, or River of Lost Souls. Yikes! Actually this was a pretty calm family rafting trip and only lasted two hours, with no risk of any souls being lost. Maralee was sitting next to me, hidden from the camera in the first photo and all you can see of Jay is part of his hat. He was behind me.
I warmified this last photo because I liked the way it turned out. We had a lot of fun rafting with the Durango Rafting Company. They are affordable and Maralee rafted for free!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wilson and Counts Jeep Adventure

Earlier this week we were fortunate to have a lot of visitors! Tommie and Kim and their four daughters, and also Jay's cousins Jeremy and Travis. We were able to work it out so that several of us could go Jeeping over Ophir and Black Bear Passes. The view from the shelf road of Ophir Pass was awesome, as usual. This is the only nerve-wracking section of Ophir Pass. Jeremy and Travis actually went over the pass again later that day and saw a Jeep slide off the road. Apparently the driver thought she was in neutral when she wasn't, and everyone jumped out and were okay. How horrifying!
Courtney, Maddie and Tommie at the summit, 11,729 feet. Jay has known Tommie since junior high, and of course I've known him and Kim for a long time now also. Tommie and Kim will have their 20th anniversary this year right before Jay and I have our 18th.
Jeremy, Travis and Jay were checking on the CJ here at the summit.
Time to start up Black Bear Pass.
There was quite a crowd around the summit sign, so we drove up a little higher than that where I took some photos.
Shelf road as we descended the Telluride side of Black Bear.
Jeremy, Travis and Jay in the Black Bear Mill area which is next to Ingram Falls.
Telluride is way down below.
Ingram Falls.
Having a ton of fun on the switchbacks!
The scary part is over after you reach Bridal Veil Falls.
I took this one of Kim and Tommie in the gondola later that day. I'm so excited that our friends and cousins came to see us! See what fun we have!
Ingram Falls high above Telluride. video