I can’t talk about Ouray, CO without mentioning the harrrowing road to get there - U.S. 550 AKA “the million dollar highway” because it’s said that’s what it cost to build each mile. It is an extraordinary feat of engineering. It is also scary to us "flatlanders" who travel it. There are hair pin turns on sheer drop offs that leave absolutely no margin for error. However, once you arrive in Ouray it’s easy to see why it’s one of the places Coloradans go to vacation.
Ouray has a great little downtown area with a view of majestic Cascade Falls. It has great shopping and dining, soothing Hot Springs and hosts world class ice climbing competitions. And because of it's stunning setting, it is frequently referred to as the Switzerland of America.
When we first got to Ouray, CO we struck up a conversation with two fellow travelers, Jeff and Matt. On the following day we bumped into them in a coffee shop in Telluride, CO. So we all jumped into a gondola to explore this rather magical place linked by high wire transportation. The veiws from the various mountain tops are extraordinary, and a tad bit scary when that gust of wind tried to make me airborne.
After Telluride, we caravanned to Ridgeway, CO., to have lunch in the historic True Grit cafe. As the story goes, this is the site where much of the original True Grit movie, starring John Wayne, was shot. And since all four of us grew up watching his movies, we had to do our best John Wayne stance underneath the sign commemorating him.
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