It's a beautiful little town full of Victorian architecture. We parked the car and walked up and down the main street of town enjoying the sunshine and beautiful surroundings. As we walked along, we took note of several possibilities for lunch. Our plan was to get a quick look at the town, then drive on up Highway 550 toward Silverton, stopping back through for lunch.
Here are a few more photos of picturesque downtown Ouray:
Ouray has a year-round population of approximately 800, but thousands of visitors come each summer.
After drinking in the beauty of this town, we made our way back to the car to set off on the "Million Dollar Highway" section of U.S. Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton. It is part of the San Juan Skyway, considered one of the most scenic and spectacular mountain drives in North America.
Roger and I agree! To us it ranks right up there with the Pacific Coast Highway in its beauty.
|Love the Green!|
|Twisty Road - Glad we were in the car!|
|Abandoned Mining Town|
|Check Out the Whimsical Painted-On Curtains!|
|Twisty 15 mph speed limit ok; easier to gawk!|
|Rusty Mountain Stream|
|Even the logs got rusty!|
According to a roadside placard, U.S. Highway 550 in this area is the most avalanche-prone highway in the United States. Evidence of this is this avalanche tunnel we drove through.
Soon we were back to Ouray, and saw the town from above, nestled in its little valley below.
As we walked along the street toward our lunch destination, we saw a tricked-out Jeep being raffled off by the town. Ouray also has the reputation of being the "Jeep Capital of the World." Ever since we rented the Jeep at Capital Reef N.P., Roger has lusted after one. We decided to put our $5 into the raffle, "just in case." The drawing is in October, so if we win, we'll be making a road trip from Mission, Texas to pick it up!
Our first pick for lunch had a "Closed on Tuesdays" sign on the door, so we walked a bit down the street and decided to eat on the roof of the Ouray Brewery.
It also gave us a birds-eye view of that part of town, so I snapped a few more photos from our seat on the roof.
Roger made the mistake of saying, "Look down there, Dianne, there's a kitchen store." Well, that cost us a few bucks as we made a bee-line over there after lunch. He should know better!
As we passed through the downstairs of the brewery on our way to Christopher's Culinaire, I snapped a photo of the swinging bar stools. Those look like fun unless you've had too many beers!
What a wonderful day! This ranks right up there as one of our full-timing favorites. We know we'll be back to visit this beautiful town someday!
The pet photo of the day is one I took with my iPhone. It shows Bandido and Tequila playing "It's Mine!" with a frisbee. They really are best buds!!