I was fortunate enough to get a spring break this year even though I am now working in the “real” world, in fact because of this I actually got paid for my adventures this year. Laura and I embarked on a road trip (see part II for details) to deliver Brooke and her sister Kaitlyn (friends from UD) to their home in
Ouray is a small mountain town that was founded by coal miners and today survives on tourism in the summer and ice climbing in the winter. It is completely surrounded by reddish towering cliff faces and snow capped peaks.
Speaking of snow,
Brooke has an amazing family that warmly opened their house to us; sharing meals, toys, and conversation. Her older brother Caleb provided us with a place to sleep. We met seven of the eight Maclennan siblings and experienced the joy of a large family.
They took us snowshoeing on Tuesday. I know I am not in the best shape, but going up a mountain in snowshoes while not being adjusted to the elevation was a little strenuous.
Within walking distance from their house in the middle of town, there was several natural wonders. There was a narrow canyon covered in large sheets of ice that was used by ice climbers. There was another narrow canyon with a large waterfall from snow melt. And there was a pool fed by a local
We enjoyed the slowness of the town and the unbelievable activity from Brooke’s family. The pristine snow covered valley and the living room scattered with Kinexs. The exhaustion from a good hike and relaxation from an afternoon nap. This trip was a great reminder of the benefits that both small towns and large families have to offer.