It quickly became apparent to Betsy and me that a week in Montrose with Melinda and Dick was not going to be enough time. We eagerly upped our stay at the KOA and greeted each day with excitement knowing there was adventure waiting. The charming historic downtown of Montrose is an eclectic mix of galleries, restaurants, and shops. Historic Victorian buildings abound and the town provides a great diversity of community events to keep people coming downtown. One of our favorite aspects of the downtown is a serious of sculptures that dot the city streets and entertain drivers stopped at red lights. Many are on loan for five years from a generous donor that lives south of town. They bring the downtown to life and express the Colorado character inherent in this western town.
|Titled: Red Fox|
|Titled: Green Goat|
|Titled: Bad Decision|
Our gracious tour guides readily offered to take us to Ouray, nicknamed “Little Switzerland.” The town got its name from the valley setting that is flanked by high mountain peaks. The town is as charming as it is old and we loved strolling the streets, eating in the diverse restaurants, and indulging in chocolate and coffee in one of the towns' historic buildings.
|A gorgeous view of Ouray from the Million Dollar Highway.|
Melinda and Dick live on a gorgeous nine acres that overlooks the plateaus and adobe. They were nice enough to let us bring Spirit over to their house and play with their dog Sobi. The two of them got along great which led to restful nights for all. One afternoon while the dogs were playing we helped them pick up freshly cut hay bales as a small token of our many great meals and martinis at their house. We hated to say goodbye but it was time to move on to Telluride.
|Betsy and I becoming new ranch hands.|
|Melinda training her dressage horse, Willie. She hosted a dressage clinic while we were with her so we met|
a lot of new "horse friends".