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Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Onset of Glory
Summer's onset is glorious. Bands play in the park, children frolic and sail Frisbees, whilst beautiful barefoot girls in sundresses twirl to the music. Let libations flow like a river, till cheeks are as rose colored as my glasses. Let silver reline the darkest of clouds, and may the white light at the end of the tunnel be neither train nor Grim Reaper, but simply the dawn of a new day.
Tourists have descended on Lovely Ouray. They come here to stroll our inclined Main Street, lick ice cream cones, relax, and to sample Heaven's cool, clean, mountain air. What a joy to escape the suffocating heat and humidity and bugs of home.
The RV parks and campgrounds are full, and will probably stay that way through July into August. Bulldozers are hard at work in the mountains, trying to clear this past winter's bountiful snow from the remaining 4 wheel drive passes in time for the Fourth of July. There will be the traditional fire hose water fights on Main Street, Ouray, where spectators get doused with errant streams of ice cold Rocky Mountain spring water. It's a brutal sport and a real crowd pleaser/wetter.
I have a few hikes under my belt since the last post. Today I took a long walk with Bobbie while pumping hand weights. It's been nearly seven months since I've been able to do that. I must say I'm out of shape and found it hard to lift my cereal spoon at breakfast. Wildflowers are only a couple weeks away and I intend to be "up there," wading and photographing and wallowing in their resplendent colors.
The Boonster has been in and out of town lately. I broke out our 4 wheel drive pickup and towed his newly converted utility trailer up the steep, rocky, and loose road where he prefers to camp. He did an good job on the interior and I think it suits him perfectly. From camp, Boonie makes daily treks to town with Coffee Girl…who is the best social "ice breaker" I've ever seen… a kid and chick magnet if there ever was one.
John Q will be joining us again this July, this time bringing his wife along for her first Colorado camping experience. That should test the bonds of marriage :)) Walden Steve has hinted about coming out again, but can't seem to land the right rig. We'll see, he may just hop a plane and rent a car. Chris and Mindy will be showing up too. They enjoy Jeeping the most difficult and dangerous 4 wheel drive roads Ouray has to offer. On a sad note, Mindy's dad, a longtime Box Canyon Blog fan, passed away a few weeks ago. It's sad for me to think he is no longer following along. But who knows, maybe he is…
And now some random photos from around the area, starting with yours truly, Gallery Boy, hard at work on Main Street at the Skol Fine Art Gallery.