A rest day so we head for our first visit to Telluride, CO. It's about a 90 minute drive but well worth the time.
We park in Mountain Village and check out the network of ski slopes. Then take a free....
....gondola ride to a ridge that overlooks Telluride. Here we hop out and...
....awesome views. Rather than continue to Telluride via the gondola, we take a 3 mile hike which was rather steep in places.
There are several 14ers in the area and I'd like to say I've climbed one but probably not on this visit. One peak, Ajax, requires only a 10.5 mile, round trip hike with less than 4000' of elevation gain but nearly daily afternoon storms would be an issue.
Some of the slopes are double black diamond, which brought back good memories for Amy from when she once skied slopes of this difficulty.
Reaching the town, we walked around, had lunch, shopped and enjoyed the scenery.
A wedding party had taken over a restaurant and then emerged for pictures. We enjoyed some more rides on the gondola and then returned to Montrose where....
....Jack was patiently waiting. Fun day and soon we'll visit Ouray, which is known as the "Switzerland of America".