When the stormy weather in Silverton started to take a toll on morale, we decided we'd head out a few days sooner than planned. Good thing our house has wheels, right?
But before we left town, we wanted to squeeze in a mine tour and we wanted to check out the Museum in town. We almost skipped doing both but now we're so glad we took the time. After our last minute site seeing, we hitched up and headed out of town.
We were a little nervous about the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray (if you're not familiar with this drive, just check out the footage in the video and you'll see why.) Luckily we made it to Ouray with no problems and we continued in to Montrose to restock with groceries. We had no idea where we were going to stay that night. Sometimes flying by the seat of your pants can get you into trouble and sometimes it leads to something amazing. Fortunately, on this occasion it was the latter.
We ended up finding a place to Boondock near Gunnison. We had mountain bike trails right at our doorstep, 4 bars of 4G, a great view of town and we were only about 45 minutes from Crested Butte. Gunnison is one of those gems we literally stumbled onto and we're so glad we did.
Exploring is a lot more fun when we've got friends around. That's why we made plans to cross paths with some of our friends while we were in Southern Colorado.
It was a weekend filled with great friends, beautiful mountain views, a few hairy 4x4 roads, lots of mining history, and evenings around the campfire.
In today's episode, we ride along with friends over Black Bear Pass, drive through the town of Telluride, and head back to Silverton by way of Ophir Pass.
I had so much great footage for this video it took a while for me to get it all scrubbed up and pretty for you, but here it is!
It was time to move on again and this time we were bound for Silverton Colorado. The drive up highway 550 from Durango to Silverton is a 2 lane winding road with nearly 3000 feet of elevation gain. We were a little nervous but we researched it and people say if you just take your time it's not a problem.
As the highway started to climb we were pretty happy to see that the posted speed limit never got above 35MPH. There were also large frequent turnouts so we could pull off to let people pass as often as we needed. That really took a lot of the pressure off. We took things slow and steady and our van, Fred, was a total champ pulling the Airstream.
Past experience has taught us that it's a whole other world above 7000 feet in elivation. These high mountain regions are a magical place where weather forecasts don't mean very much and it storms almost everyday. On our drive we had some rain that eventually gave way to hail. But despite a bit of weather we made it to Silverton just fine and found us a great little spot to boon-dock.
Stay tuned to The More We Explore on Youtube and in the coming episodes you'll see us explore some of Colorado's historic mining country.
After 2 wonderful weeks in Pagosa Springs, we were excited to be on the move again. As we hitched up and headed out of town, the excitement we felt the day we first hit the road was bubbling up again.
We drove a little over an hour to Bayfield, Co where we had a 3 night stay booked. It was a chance to get a few last things in place before heading into the wild of Colorado's old mining country. There isn't much to do in Bayfield but it's 20 minutes from Durango. If we could have found a place right in Durango, we probably would have stayed there instead, but since we tend to fly by the seat of our pants, we were happy to be near by and in such a nice park.
The loneliness of being on the road really started to hit us when we arrived in Bayfield. After a good night's sleep, we still couldn't shake the feeling of isolation so on Saturday morning we drove into Durango for the day. We checked out some cool shops in town and found people to talk bikes and gear with. It didn't fully satisfy the need to be with friends but it did scratch the itch a little. It was enough to cheer us up and help float us through till we would meet up with friends a few days later.
Calling home and catching up with family on Sunday was another nice pick-me-up. Since we hit the road fulltime our connections with family and friends have become more important than ever. Does this make us want to run back to where we came from and quit all this fulltime RV nonsense? Absolutely not. But it does remind us not to take the people in our life for granted. It reminds us to reach out the people who are on our mind and to savor the precious time we have with them.
But full time RVers aren't the only ones with loved ones who live far away. What creative or meaningful ways have you found that help you stay connected with distant loved ones?
Please comment below--we want to hear from you!
Right in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs is Reservoir Hill, where they have disc golf, hiking trails, and most importantly, a fun mountain bike flow trail called "Bronc." What a fun trail. Great job to all the locals who built it.
We spent a relaxing evening at The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs. It was a bit pricey but worth doing once.
The Springs Resort: http://www.pagosahotsprings.com
While in Pagosa Springs we were able to meet up with fellow Airstreaming travelers, Streamin Freedom. They were so fun to hang out with and we think this is the beginning of a great friendship.
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Steve and Tess love to explore nature, whether it be backpacking, packrafting, mountain biking, hiking, or just wandering. The more we explore, the more we realize just how little we've seen.