In a continuation of a trip that started with my nieces graduation from nursing school in Fresno (Congratulations Crystal!), then stops at my daughters, Aunts and Uncles houses in Oregon, my parents met up with us in Ouray for a few days.
We've managed to take in a number of sights in and around Ouray together during their stay. Here are some of the highlights:
We checked out the Ouray County Museum. This is an excellent museum with tons of history and artifacts from the area. My pictures of some of the exhibits did not turn out so well so you'll have to take my word that it was worth the price of admission!
|Don't want to get on his bad side!|
One day we took a drive South on Hwy 550 to check out some of the mining relics.
|First stop was to check out Bear Creek Falls where we managed to get a group photo.|
Then we made our way to the Idarado Mine remains:
|Old, abandoned buildings dot these hillsides, backed by snow touched peaks.|
|Backed by Red Mountain, you can see old buildings still standing among the tailings.|
|An old trestle...to nowhere.|
Heading up Camp Bird road, the road got a little more interesting:
|Tail gate lunch!|
|Heading back to Ouray we stopped to check out Snefflels Creek.|
Today we took a tour of the fully restored Beaumont Hotel. Built in 1886, the hotel had been vacant for 30 years and fallen into almost hopeless disrepair when it was purchased in 1998 and millions of dollars were spent over 5 years to bring it to its current glory. And glorious it is! The details of the renovation and the history of the building that we learned on the tour were well worth the small fee. Plus, we enjoyed a delicious lunch on the hotels lovely patio and received a reduced rate for the tour.
|Historic Beaumont Hotel|
|Lunch at the Beaumont Grill.|
|All three stories open onto the lobby with an atrium overhead.|
|The Dragonfly room, with Tiffany lamp.|
|Looking down into the lobby.|
Today's bonus shot...I finally caught a good photo of one of the beautiful butterflies we've been seeing everywhere!
Mom and dad head out to Fruita tomorrow and will slowly make their way back to San Diego. It's been fun hanging out with them out here in new territory! Hans and I have a couple more days left in Ouray, then we're off to Gunnison as we continue our summer in Colorado.