Friday, August 7, 2009

Telluride, CO.

Have you ever driven 1200 miles in a compact car with 2 boys that have feet that smell like sour vinegar? I don’t recommend it. Welcome to my vacationing world.

Don’t mess with me when I drive.
Jason and Dawson:
Before I get started, I HAVE to show you this playground I saw on our drive out to Colorado:
It's in the middle of a stinking corn field! (It's not too far from our home... go figure)
I'll zoom in:
We decided to vacation this summer in Telluride Colorado. “Legend” has it that travelers called this little town “to hell you ride” because they would get robbed by bandits as they tried to enter. However, that is legend according to my father-in-law, who I think just likes to say the word hell because he’s a pastor. The truth is, Telluride is named after the chemical element Tellurium which was found there in the old days. 
I guess I like the other version better.
We actually stayed in a condo located in Mountain Village, which is located above the tiny little town of Telluride. In order to get to Telluride we had to take the FREE gondola down the side of the mountain. Please share with me my first experience using this transportation service in daylight by watching the following video:
Here are some pictures taken on the gondola ride.

Dawson continually asked if we “get to ride the sky choo-choo.”

You can see how small Telluride is.

My sisters would not be able to live there. They are claustrophobic.
Jason and I tried hiking on this famous trail that was being held hostage by millions of flies. We got half-way up the trail and Jason said he couldn’t handle the flies anymore and we turned around. We walked down the main street in town:

and stopped for lunch at this little hole-in the wall place which had a dog sitting outside that stared at me begging for nourishment from my Panini. He was chained to a bench near the table I was sitting at. But I didn’t give him any food because the dog belonged to the owner of the place we were eating at and I thought the dog should be wealthy enough to buy his own food then.
The condo we stayed in was incredible. -The Peaks Resort.

We had a beautiful view from our balcony.

This is famous-Bridal Veil Falls:

This is the center of our Mountain Village where our resort was. And the way you get to the gondola:

We went swimming in the pool you see here.

One morning I placed a bet with Greg about whether or not the pool had water in it. “$10 bucks says the pool doesn’t have water in it.” So he threw quarter into the pool from our balcony. Then we saw these little ripples from where the quarter landed. I still owe him the $10 bucks. Then again, I’m thinking it was illegal for him to throw a quarter from the balcony so maybe he should be paying me to keep my mouth shut, saving him from attorney fees?
Jason took lots of beautiful sunset pictures from the balcony.

On the night we chose to eat out, we selected this little Italian place called La Piazza. We found out that Tom & Katie Cruise dined there with Beckham and his wife while they were there. Hey, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us. Here I am showing off my bread with olive oil which was the best thing about the meal.

There was nothing for Dawson to eat because he didn’t want curry soup that looked like watered down mashed carrots. He’s so picky! $52 bucks later, we got enough food to feed 1 ½ ants. Tom and Katie can have that place. I wish we could’ve ordered pizza.
Here are pics of the inside of the condo.

The living room and kitchen.

Dawson napping on our King size bed in our bedroom. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a king size bed. I felt like Jason was so far away I needed to call him on my cell in order to communicate.
I’ve got to say, Telluride is probably my most favorite vacation by far. It’s beautiful. On our way back to Colorado Springs from Telluride we stopped in Ouray.

“The Swiss Alps of the US” and then made a last minute decision to stop in Gunnison at the Black Canyon:

I didn’t let Dawson out of the car when we took the little hike to get some of these pictures. He can read the blog later.

We took Cottonwood Pass back from Gunnison to the Springs and this was my first encounter with cows on the road:

This has nothing to do with anything but I like this pic of me and Dawson at Greg&Goria's house:

One funny story about him though. When we drove through Iowa and Nebraska we saw plenty of those huge white windmills that look like they could chop off your head if you decided to stick your head under there for some psychotic reason. Dawson kept talking about “the spinning nails” and Jason couldn’t figure what on earth he was talking about, until it hit him that it was those windmills he was referring to.
I'd also like you to watch the video of the thunderstorm/hail storm I had to drive through at 2:00 a.m. in Colorado:
Jason never got into any storms! He even drove right past the world's largest truck stop.

Apparently this truck stop didn't matter to Dawson either.

And that is the story of our vacation in Telluride, Colorado.
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Nita said...

OHHH man that was absolutely gorgeous!!! I would force myself to stay there even though im closterphobic just so i could ride the gondola!!!

Daisy Path said...

i left you a comment in the previous post. make sure you read it, it's good. ha!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your vacation with us Joy, it was awesome. Since you absolutely have to leave us to move away to Colorado, this will be a good time for us to come and visit you in the summer on our vacation.
Love Karen

Angela said...

Your family pics from vacation look fabulous! I want to vacation...instead, we moved this summer. And colorado is so beautiful!

Candy said...

I wanna go there now!

Nita said...

I was just looking at the pictures again and i noticed that in the picture of Gloria and Greg on the gondola and then Dawson is in the picture beside them on the gondola just how much Dawson and Greg look alike...Thats cool!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful vacationing! The weather looked gorgeous as well as the scenery. You know you'll have lots of visitors, now, once you LIVE there! In fact, we'll be by about September 15th... :)