Our B&B host had suggested that we take the free gondola ride up to Mountain Village where the ski resort is located, so with no other plans in mind we decided to take his advice. We had never been particularly interested in exploring the resort area, so we had no idea what to expect.
|Rising above Telluride|
|Up, Up and Away|
|Birds Eye View|
Arriving in Mountain Village, we stopped at an information kiosk to inquire about a good place to eat and were directed to Black Iron, a restaurant connected to one of the hotels. It turned out to be a great suggestion. We enjoyed the unique atmosphere that included tables with gas fireplace inserts. After lunch we strolled around a bit to see how the rich folks behave on vacation, then took the return gondola back to Telluride and spent some time exploring the shops. David made some new friends along the way.
|David visits with the shop dogs and official greeters at Dakota Home|
On the way to Telluride we had stopped at a favorite observation point just west of Ridgway to take photos of the Dallas Divide. The views here are stupendous and, as a side note, most of the land in this area is the property of designer Ralph Lauren.
|I took this same photo about 25 years ago. Still a favorite place.|
|An aspen grove. I have a weakness for aspens.|
|One of the little streams we had to cross.|
|A study in contrasts|
|See those tiny little people? That's David and Karen on a |
mission to recreate a favorite photo.
|A field of sunflowers and the Dallas Divide. Can't beat it.|
We are getting drunk on the scenery and lots more to come. Any hangover, however, will be awesome.