Ouray, a quaint old mining town nestled in the mountains named after the most famous Chief of the Ute Indian Tribe was definitely what we needed both mentally and physically after our experience in Paonia. At 7,770′ it’s surrounded by the San Juan Range, the youngest and must rugged range of the Rocky Mountains where peaks reach 13,000′. It was a beautiful vision. They are best known for their natural hot springs (which is the real reason Rory came on this trip.. hehe). We went to Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa by suggestion of my aunt Julie to check out their natural hot springs vapor cave. It was awesome – especially after our experience at the farm – we definitely needed an energy cleanse. It was unlike anything we had ever experienced before. No one else was using the cave so we par took in some singing which felt and sounded so pure in that natural element. It was just what we needed.
On another note, we’ve been finding that it’s easier to eat healthy in these small towns – there are lots of organic options and there is a definite buy local, eat fresh mentality since their are so many local producers. We had a terrific organic lunch at Backstreet Bagel where we enjoyed greek and hummus bagel sandwiches and took in a bit of town life.
We spent the night at Amphitheater Campground – with a gorgeous view of Ouray from up in the mountains – might be the best campground so far on the trip. On the drive up the windy road we spotted deer and were far away from noise and light. When you take a look around it’s hard to believe that places like this exist and to process that we were there simply to enjoy it.