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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Attitude and Altitude Adjustments In Lovely Ouray…
Debbie, Suzanne, Jim, Gayle, Bobbie, and Your's Truly descended en masse for a little post-hike/bike/swim beverage and sustenance at the Ouray Brewery. Jim whined about the vertiginousness of Oak Creek Trail and lack of oxygen, while Suzanne and Your's Truly arm-wrestled for the "check" (regretfully, the incorrigible Winnie Wanderer remains undefeated in that department). And, as if that wasn't enough (ahem) intercourse, another get-together was had at the BCB Mine Shack a few hours later… a welcome party for other late arriving RV contingents, Chris and Mindy (Jeepers from Illinois), and another Chris, a Lazy Dazer who we had yet to meet, and Wildflower regular John Q. and wife Joalenn.
While other members of the Gang were sleeping in, I was up early—anxious to get in a grind up Camp Bird Road on my mountain bike. Recall that the former Gary Fisher is now Ms Trek after pulling a "Bruce Jenner." Anyway, she's a sweet ride… more responsive, easier to ride, and better in bed :)).
So about the time I'm rolling into Camp Bird, I get a text from Jim asking if I want to hike Oak Creek with everyone. I tell ya, these Lazy Dazers certainly live up to their name, tho I think most of the blame can be laid on Jim. So Jim and Gayle and Debbie and Suzanne wondered guide-less somewhere behind the cliffs pictured below, while I zoom-zoomed back down to Lovely Ouray, where I was compelled to stop by Mouse's Chocolates for one of their to-die-for Scrap Cookies and an Americana. Hey, I earned it!
And (evidently) I earned a Tall Boy IPA and an order of chicken wings at the Brewery a couple hours later, then chips and Guac an salsa and hummus… not to mention way too much corn/bean dip that Mindy made a couple hours after that. Anyway, below is a photo roundup of a very good day in Lovely Ouray. Tomorrow, we head up to Ice Lake on group Wildflower Safari… if we can roust Jim out of bed in time.
I think the photos below speak for themselves, thus no subtitles…