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Postcard from Telluride

Finishing up our summer travels, we spent 2 weeks in Telluride, Colorado. It had been about 10 years since we last visited Telluride, I had forgotten how beautiful the town is. If you would like to see a slideshow of pictures we took while in Telluride, click here.

Welcome to Telluride

In fact, I would say Telluride and the surrounding area is probably the most beautiful mountain area in America, based on all of our travels.

Bridal Veil Telluride

Telluride is pretty remote. It takes 6 to 7 hours to get there from Denver and once there, it is a true mountain town. There are no major chains (Starbucks, Walmart (thank God), etc), so you better stock up on things before you get there.

Lake around Telluride

You come to Telluride to unwind or take in some outdoor sports. There are lots of mountain biking and hiking trails. However, riding a road bike is a bit of a challenge here, with only about 3 miles of paved trails. The town is small, but it has lots of cool boutique shops.

Telluride

Telluride has a lower and upper mountain level. The lower part of Telluride is the town and about 2,000 feet upwards is a town called Mountain Village (that’s where we stayed). Oprah Winfrey has land up there and plans to build something in the future. The houses are spectacular and they have a beautiful golf course in Mountain Village (too spendy for me, they wanted $195 a round).

Mountain Village

Opposite to Mountain Village is a high mountain range where Tom Cruise owns a house. It’s now for sale for $59 million, a bit out of our price range. The picture below is on a road that leads up to where his house is, as you can see it’s incredibly picturesque.

Road to Tom Cruises house

One of the attractions of Telluride and surrounding towns are old ghost towns left after the mining dried up. We visited Animas Forks Ghost Town and several others around the Ouray area.

Animas Forks Animas Forks Cabin Animas Forks Animas Forks

Animas Forks

I will leave you with some pictures from our hike up to Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. If you get a chance to visit Telluride, I highly recommend it.

Bridal Veil Telluride Waterfall across the road in Bridal Veil Falls Base of Bridal Veil Falls Top of Bridal Veil Falls

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Beautiful Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

I can’t believe this was our first visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  It has a lot to offer.  Geysers, waterfalls, hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles (steam vents), wildlife, and mammoth hot spring terraces are everywhere.

To see a slideshow, click here: http://www.webetripping.com/Gallery_USA_WY_Yellowstone.asp.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Geysers

Old Faithful lives up to its name.  We arrived at the visitor center around 5:00 and it was only 10 minutes from erupting.    We came back the next day and saw it erupt again.  Very cool.  It seems like we saw a hundred geysers, they were everywhere.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser

Hot Springs

One of my favorite attractions was the hot springs.  The water is incredibly clear and shows hues of many colors.   We saw a lot of hot springs, here are just a few.  The water is really hot (most over 160 degrees), so you might be tempted to jump into the spa, but that is highly ill advised!

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Mudpots

Mudpots are an interesting phenomena.  They are acidic features with a limited water supply. Some microorganisms use hydrogen sulfide, which rises from deep within the earth, as an energy source. They help convert the gas to sulfuric acid, which breaks down rock into clay. Various gases escape through the wet clay mud, causing it to bubble.

Mudpots

Mudpots

Mudpots

Mudpots

Mudpots

Mudpots

Wildlife

We encountered a lot of wildlife during our time here.  We had buffalo come right up to our car, saw black bears, eagles, coyotes, and elk.

This buffalo was right outside our car window

This buffalo was right outside our car window

Mom feeding her calf

Mom feeding her calf

Huge Elk - Was not afraid of us!

Huge Elk – Was not afraid of us!

More Nature

We visited Lower Falls and ended both of our days at Yellowstone around 10 p.m.  We got all we could out of the park in our 2 days!

Lower falls

Lower falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Sunset at Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake