Over the last two months we have experienced the comforts of our new home and created habits that provide a nice daily rhythm. Early morning walks on desert trails, coffee on the patio and late afternoon swims are just a few examples. I wasn’t quite ready to leave all the comforts but it was time to collect the Vistabule from storage in Colorado.
I dragged my feet up until we departed but the moment we hit the open road, I was excited for the adventure ahead.
After picking up our camper in Grand Junction, we drove to Ridgway State Park and dropped the Vistabule. This allowed us to make a day trip to nearby Telluride, a world renowned ski area located in the rugged San Juan mountains.
The drive up the mountain was a doozy with steep drop-offs and narrow switchback roads. I could feel my ears popping as we climbed up to 8,700 feet elevation.
Our first glimpse of the mountains was spectacular.
The drive through town was also lovely and the flower boxes that lined the streets made me feel as if I’d been transported to a European alpine village.
We started our day hiking up a very steep trail that provided a bird’s eye view of the city but once we reached 9,000 feet elevation my head began to spin.
It was time to move back towards the village where the air was not so thin!
After my dizzy spell, we rested on a bench near the river and watched anglers fly fish….
and then we finished the day with a free gondola ride.
It was a perfect day….and even though I am not a fan of cold weather, this is one town I would love to visit in winter.