Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ouray, Colorado and The Hot Springs Inn

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

Too bad I had to leave this place. Loved it. We were in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the San Juan Mountains, including one that was over 14,000 feet. During the day the temperatures were high 70's. At night the temps dropped and we slept with the window open, listening to the sound of the Uncompaghre River outside our window. We had come to this little town for some R & R and for Jerry to fish the river.

We got plenty of R & R although not enough as far as I was concerned. We stayed at The Hot Springs Inn. The accommodations were huge with two king beds, two comfortable chairs, a 'fireplace', a refrigerator, a microwave and a small porch that overlooked the river. There was just one thing missing from the room: a desk or table. Which was quite interesting since there was the fridge and microwave so it was possible to have a meal in the room. But no place to eat it. Or (gasp!) a place for us to work at my laptop.

So I went to the front desk to see if they had something we could use as a makeshift desk. The very friendly and helpful staff set out on a search with me and we ended up in the supply room where I requisitioned a toilet seat box (firm, right size) to be used for the laptop. Placed across one of the chairs it worked perfectly as a makeshift desk.

Fishing in the Uncompaghre River was another story. As dry as the Arizona and New Mexico had been, the rivers of the San Juan Mountains were just the opposite with late snowfall and late snow melt. It was not possible to fish this raging river.

The alternative option turned out to be fishing below the dam at Ridgeway State Park, about 20 minutes north of Ouray. This turned out quite well as it was possible to fish both from the shore and by wading in the stream. My husband was able to hook into some nice brown trout.

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