I LOVE the 4th of July…fireworks, friends, food…and other F words! The good kind of F words. Heather, Leah, Carrie and I ventured down to Ouray for their fireworks show. Ouray is an old mining town tucked in a canyon in the San Juans which guarantees gorgeousness. I just made a word!
We strolled the town, popped in some shops, and watched the firemen water fight. They have teams of two and basically just stand and shoot each other with fire hoses. The object is to knock the other team out of bounds. Good thing they wear chest and face protection! Very cool small town tradition. However Butt Darts is still better.
We walked up to Cascade Falls while waiting for it to get dark
The girls….minus Leah the picture-taker
I like this red rock in the creek
The girls did a little suprise pre-birthday celebration complete with crown, chocolate and Jonas Brothers party favors. Cute.
Let the fireworks begin! They shoot them off the mountain at the end of the canyon making for a great view. The light in the background is from a bolt of lightning that just happened to get in my 30 second exposure. Lightning, peaks, loud echos, big fireworks- couldn’t ask for a better show!
After fireworks we drove to the Blue Lakes trailhead and car camped that night. After an amazing breakfast, Carrie and I backpacked in while Heather & Leah had to take off. Here are the views of the first lake where we camped.
The traditional ‘view from bed’ picture
Got surprised with a tent full of birthday balloons. Sheesh these guys know how to celebrate!
The next day we hiked up to the next 2 lakes
View of the first lake from 2nd
Wildflowers along the way
Carrie enjoying the view
The second lake and Wolcott Mountain in the background
And now I am recovering at work today, playing a softball game, packing and then heading to Sheridan for Rodeo Week! Yeeeeeehaaaaaw!