Friday, July 9, 2010

Mesa Verde road trip, Day 4: Million Dollar Highway and Ouray

I decided to split Saturday into two posts. Although most of it was taken up with driving, it does seem like the Black Canyon deserves its own post, so that will be tomorrow.

Shortly after we left Durango late Saturday morning, it became clear a storm was coming through. We were taking the Million Dollar Highway through the mountains, so it turned out we were driving in a lot of this:

Million Dollar Highway in Durango, Colorado

It's probably lucky I was blissfully engrossed in my book, because not being able to see the drop-offs probably would have made me nervous.

I love this picture I took of Silverton in the mist and rain:

Silverton, Colorado

We stopped in Ouray for a late lunch. The town is in situated in the bottom of the canyon, and is simply amazing. You first catch sight of it from above, and the highway slowly winds down the mountainside to pass through the town.

Ouray, Colorado

After lunch, Michael wanted a coffee. Of course, there wasn't a Starbucks in town, but the kid who sold us our lunch suggested Mouse's Chocolates. In addition to some fantastic coffee drinks and homemade chai, they had the most amazing homemade chocolates I've ever tasted. I got a chunk of mint fudge, and several homemade caramels with vanilla centers. If I'd known how good those caramels would be, I would have bought the whole basket — but luckily, I can order more online!

Stay tuned for our detour to the Black Canyon!



At July 9, 2010 at 6:48 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Okay, I'm not even clicking that link... Are you trying to kill my diet?

At July 10, 2010 at 12:17 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Well, just keep it in mind -- if you are going to go off the diet, it might as well be for something worthwhile. ;o)


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