Day Six of the Colorado Journey That Just Wouldn’t End!
Last night, we ate at Ryan’s grandparents’ house in Cortez, Colorado. It was great! Not only did we eat real food, Ryan’s grandma made us strawberry shortcake! Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo, because the shortcake’s awesomeness blinded my camera. Oh well.
Another successful night of camping at McPhee Reservoir, north of Cortez. We got in late and left early, so we didn’t get to truly enjoy the site. We did, however, have another great, if small, campfire.
This is what Ryan does every time we stop for gas. I think he enjoys it a little too much, but thanks Ryan.
Today, we drove through Ouray, Colorado. Wow! The scenery in all the mountain towns is neat, but Ouray is incredible.
Ouray is located in the middle of a box canyon with huge walls. People call it “Switzerland of the Rockies.”
After leaving Ouray, we went over Red Mountain Pass, which has some very cool tunnels. This one is just a hole, bored straight through the mountain.
This one’s even cooler: It’s slanted so that sliding rocks and water can go right over it.
When we got to Silverton, it was also beautiful. However, not everything was pretty. Like this: $3.34 for the cheap stuff. It’s the most expensive gas we’ve seen so far!
In Montrose, not only do they have a Sheriff’s car, they have Sherrifs’ Posse cars. They really say posse on them! The County Trip is kind of like a posse.
For awhile, we weren’t sure where to eat lunch. However, we soon spotted a Sonic. Wow. This made the day. Here’s Nick on the SonicPhone!
And Kristina enjoying her burger…
When we got to Grand Junction this afternoon, we had some time to kill, and went to a park to be lazy for a little while. What a nice day.
Dan’s enjoying the fresh air: None of us has showered for three days, so the inside of the car is getting a little… ripe.
Ryan jumped over this table, ’cause he’s awesome like that.
After a long day in driving, we arrived in El Jebel, near Basalt, at Dan’s house. Dan’s parents greeted us with this huge sign on the lawn! Yay for parents. A house to stay at means good food, apple pie, and most importantly, showers! Stay tuned: tomorrow, we’re taking a short break, visiting only three courthouses and wandering around the Roaring Fork Valley.
We visited 6 county seats today! Here’s the proof:
Telluride, San Miguel County
Ouray, Ouray County
Silverton, San Juan County
Montrose, Montrose County
Delta, Delta County
Grand Junction, Mesa County. That’s our West Side Story snapping pose.
Our progress so far:
DAY SIX STATS:Miles Traveled – 423
Total Miles Traveled – 2547
County Seats Visited – 46
Percent of counties done – 71.9%
Telluride (San Miguel County) 5/16/06 8:50 AM Ouray (Ouray County) 5/16/06 10:21 AM Silverton (San Juan County) 5/16/06 11:22 AM Montrose (Montrose County) 5/16/06 1:09 PM Delta (Delta County) 5/16/06 2:56 PM Grand Junction (Mesa County) 5/16/06 4:08 PM
Albums listened to:
- The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
- Elliot Smith – Either/Or
- The Who – Live at Leeds
- Engineers – Engineers
- The Elected – Sun, Sun, Sun
- Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
- The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
- Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
- Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
- Dave Matthews Band – Crash