No matter the time of year, there is never a shortage to things to sink your eyes into around Lovely Ouray.
A second hike with our guest, Dehui, required only walking out the front door. Oak Creek Trail is a favorite, especially in winter. It is south-facing and collects good solar exposure as well as protective from the prevailing breeze out of the north. We love that it is steep, too, enough to get our cardio in without running. Snow makes it more challenging, but also more interesting. Bobbie and I seem to be the only ones in town to use it during winter so we try to keep the trail grooved and packed enough hike it without snowshoes.
This year we forged beyond where we normally turn around, wading snow over my gators and nearly up to Bobbies waist. Now Oak Creek Trail is accessible another half mile beyond previous years. It wanders woods, and it's not uncommon to stumble across Big Horn Sheep. It's quiet, too, a good place to escape the "noise."
We took the long way home and showed Dehui the Ice Park. Ice Climbers descend on Lovely Ouray from all over the world to compete and play on our home turf. The main Ice Fest starts this week. Town will be crazy, but it's good for the merchants and eateries.