After my 3-day book-writing vacation, we took a real vacation - our annual 4th of July trip to Telluride down in southwestern Colorado. I could go on for hours about how much I love Telluride....but I figured since I haven't done a Thursday Adventure post in forever, I'll just show some of the pics from this year's trip, and let you see for yourself how gorgeous the San Juan Mountains are.
|The town of Telluride, nestled in a box canyon deep in the San Juan Mountains. The ski runs above town are some of the best and steepest mogul slopes in Colorado.
|View from our condo. The town's small enough you don't need a car - everyone bikes and walks everywhere.
|My son indicates Telluride's airport, visible on the mesa in the distance. We've never flown to Telluride (we just drive), but I hear it's a hell of a landing. At 9,070 ft, it's North America's highest commercial airport.
|My son and my husband, ready to watch the parade
|The parade involves plenty of cowboys...
|Yetis and climbers doing crazy things (yes, the guys dangling off the truck are in skydiving wing suits)...
|And plenty of people being silly.
|Ready to hike!
|The views are always amazing
|I love me some spiky ridges
|The San Juans are much wetter than the mountains near Denver, and as such, far greener and chock full of wildflowers
|Lizard Head (the little rock formation poking up on the left) and the Wilson group of peaks, which includes several 14ers (El Diente and the less imaginatively named Wilson Peak and Mt. Wilson)
|The waterfalls are pretty awesome, too.
|Checking out Cornet Creek Falls
|Looking toward the head of the box canyon.
|The aspen are large and plentiful, which makes for beautiful fall color displays
|The key to hiking with a 5 year old is to keep things silly
I'll do a post next week on July's new releases I'm excited about reading, but other than that, it's back to the revision cave for me. Until next time...