Day 138: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, NP > Telluride, CO
I woke up and took an invigorating run along the canyon edge. When I returned John had breakfast for me and was ready to head towards Telluride. We drove into the mountains again & stopped to take 100s of pictures along the way. We got to Telluride around 1:30PM & went straight to “Baked” on the recommendation of Aunt Deb & Uncle Larry who were married here a decade ago. Then, we meandered around town & through the Farmer’s Market, acclimating to our surroundings. We took the free Gondola up to the top of the mountain and hiked down through shedding Aspen trees on the Ridge Trail. After a few miles of stretching our legs, we hit up Telluride Brewing Company for a few adult beverages. The beers there really were top notch. We especially enjoyed the Barrel Aged Freaky Fish. We met a guy at the bar & made plans to meet him for dinner back in town. We at mexican food and chatted about the best of Colorado. Then, John & I excused ourselves to sleep on the streets – exhausted from a few great days.Click here to Read More of our vanlife diary
Day 139: Telluride, CO > Durango, CO
Woke up and spent a few hours at the Ghost Town coffee shop. They made some delicious breakfast toasts & had refillable Coffee. Before leaving, we scored new gloves from Telluride Thrift and the “Free Box” downtown. Then, we hopped in the van and drove to Orvis Hot Springs for a few hours of relaxation & a shower. Four hot spring pools, a sauna & lovely garden area were all clothing optional. I stripped down to my birthday suit & joined in. We left a few hours later feeling rejuvenated and quite clean. The drive up through Red’s Mountain had me holding on for dear life, but Colorado continued to blow us away with its sheer beauty. We stopped in the charming town of Ouray for a burger at their brewing company and finally arrived in Durango at dusk. We went straight to the supermarket to stock up for our backpacking trip the next day. Once we had packed our packs, we went to steamworks brewing to let off some steam. WE chatted with a backcountry ski guide about the best of Colorado. It seems everyone here is extremely proud of their state. I can see why.