Erin and Mike planned a trip out to Colorado. We stayed in Ridgway and visited Ouray and Telluride while we were there. It was a quick trip, but we had a great time.
Nauni came with us too. She was a good sport to sit in the back and entertain the kids. It was only a 6 hour drive, and the kids loved switching between cars to go with their cousins, but they also got a nap in too.
Here was our cabin. It was called the Log Hill Retreat and it was a retreat:) It was HUGE and just beautiful. The kids all bunked in one room and had a blast. The views were great and it was so still and quiet out there (well until our kids came along:) Every night David and I would go out on the porch or balcony and just sit and enjoy. We had a full moon too, so it was just so peaceful and prefect.
Driving to and from our cabin gave us this beautiful view of the valley.
There were deer and elk everywhere. This morning we found 5 right across the street from our cabin. I think the boys were getting a little close for my comfort though.
Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour
We toured a real Silver and Gold mine. We boarded a mine train (also called a "trammer") and advanced 3,350 feet into Gold Hill. It was very interesting. We were just wishing Papa Jones could have been there with us since he used to work in mines.
Naters got chosen to show how they drilled ore veins and worked in the dark. He was pretty brave to just hold on to that tiny peice of metal while the tour guide took a wack with a sledge hammer!
We then hiked up to some Falls. It wasn't that full being so late in the year, but the kids were still able to climb up to it and enjoy it. We waited and waited for a group to Canyoneer down the Falls, but they never came, and we couldn't stay any longer to wait and watch them. Too Bad.
Erin and her kids all scrambled up to this little cave found by the Falls.
Box Canyon Falls
After Cascade Falls, we ventured over to another waterfall. This one was CRAZY! My pictures don't really show it, but it was just huge and powerful. It is located in a park, so they have it pretty regulated and cut off.
On the hike to the top of the Falls, you could see a view of Ouray nestled in the mountains. It was a cute little town.
Million Dollar Road
We then took a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Road. It was pretty cool. I took so many scenic pictures on this trip, but only put a few on. My pictures can never really seem to capture it though really.
We saw lots of old mines along the way.
Ridgway Railroad Museum
We stayed in Ridgway and went to their museum. They have a neat history of the railroad along with mining.
The typewriter was the hit of the museum! It was hilarious how the kids were all fighting over that to play with. In here they were using all the old equipment to be railroad dispatchers. It was cute.
Our last stop on our way home was Telluride, CO. It was a fun little town and the kids loved it there.
Brandon could have thrown rocks in the rivers all day long. It kept him occupied for hours!
Nauni and the kids
Another beautiful scenic drive home. We took some backroads home and got to see some great scenery.
We had such a great trip. There was so much to do, we wished we had more time, but then it always makes it good to come back! Thanks to Erin and Mike for planning it all and inviting us along:)