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Idyllic Telluride is the most perfect small town in America

The town of Telluride sits in a box canyon with just one road in and out; the houses are mainly old Victorians which reminded me of the houses in the Heights (but with substantially higher price tags!)

The town of Telluride sits in a box canyon with just one road in and out; the houses are mainly old Victorians which reminded me of the houses in the Heights (but with substantially higher price tags!)

Bridal Veil Falls (365 ft high) lies at the end of the box canyon above Telluride; although illegal, in the winter daredevils try climbing the frozen falls called the most difficult ice climb in North America

Bridal Veil Falls (365 ft high) lies at the end of the box canyon above Telluride; although illegal, in the winter daredevils try climbing the frozen falls called the most difficult ice climb in North America

There are dozens of fantastic hikes around Telluride so each day we tackled a different one; the closest airports are in Montrose (about 90 minutes to the north) or Durango (about 2 hours to the south)

There are dozens of fantastic hikes around Telluride so each day we tackled a different one; the closest airports are in Montrose (about 90 minutes to the north) or Durango (about 2 hours to the south)

Enjoying the sunshine in front of Beattie Peak (13,342 ft above sea level); apparently there are trails to the summit but we weren't that crazy

Enjoying the sunshine in front of Beattie Peak (13,342 ft above sea level); apparently there are trails to the summit but we weren't that crazy

There is a prairie dog colony in the meadow just outside Telluride; they were definitely worth the long walk to go see them!

There is a prairie dog colony in the meadow just outside Telluride; they were definitely worth the long walk to go see them!

It was a treat getting to spend 10 days with Mike and Gary at their place in Telluride; the weather was spectacular and I think it was the best time of year for a visit

It was a treat getting to spend 10 days with Mike and Gary at their place in Telluride; the weather was spectacular and I think it was the best time of year for a visit

San Miguel Peak (13,752 ft above sea level); the terrain around Telluride is covered in wildflowers in June and July

San Miguel Peak (13,752 ft above sea level); the terrain around Telluride is covered in wildflowers in June and July

The quaking aspens were spectacular!; Mike and Gary's place is in Mountain Village which is just over the mountain from Telluride (just an easy gondola ride into town)

The quaking aspens were spectacular!; Mike and Gary's place is in Mountain Village which is just over the mountain from Telluride (just an easy gondola ride into town)

I'm relaxing at Hope Lake while Mike and Gary enjoy their lunch; unfortunately I missed seeing Sarah, Lucas and Ada by a couple of days (Danny joined them the second week)

I'm relaxing at Hope Lake while Mike and Gary enjoy their lunch; unfortunately I missed seeing Sarah, Lucas and Ada by a couple of days (Danny joined them the second week)

Downtown Telluride is a National Historic District; in June, 1889, Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery making off with almost $25000 from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride

Downtown Telluride is a National Historic District; in June, 1889, Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery making off with almost $25000 from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride

Cornet Falls is an easy walk from downtown Telluride; the city sits at 8750 feet above sea level with only 2300 lucky residents

Cornet Falls is an easy walk from downtown Telluride; the city sits at 8750 feet above sea level with only 2300 lucky residents

You can see how Vermilion Peak (13894 ft above sea level) got its name; Mike and Gary introduced me to the entertaining Great British Bake Off tv show

You can see how Vermilion Peak (13894 ft above sea level) got its name; Mike and Gary introduced me to the entertaining Great British Bake Off tv show

There was no angle I could find where Lizard Head, elevation 13119, actually looked like a lizard head; the rock spire of Lizard Head looks like an old eroded volcanic plug but it is actually composed of extrusive volcanic ash flows

There was no angle I could find where Lizard Head, elevation 13119, actually looked like a lizard head; the rock spire of Lizard Head looks like an old eroded volcanic plug but it is actually composed of extrusive volcanic ash flows

Mining was Telluride’s only industry until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed; the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States

Mining was Telluride’s only industry until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed; the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls is the power plant used originally for the Smuggler-Union Mine; George Westinghouse built what was the first successful demonstration of long-distance transmission of industrial-grade alternating current power here

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls is the power plant used originally for the Smuggler-Union Mine; George Westinghouse built what was the first successful demonstration of long-distance transmission of industrial-grade alternating current power here

So there are bears in Telluride!; we saw elk and mule deer but no real bears during our visit; supposedly there are even moose living in the area

So there are bears in Telluride!; we saw elk and mule deer but no real bears during our visit; supposedly there are even moose living in the area

Telluride is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado; the first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875

Telluride is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado; the first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875

Blue Lake is nestled in the mountains above Telluride; while Lee and Gary enjoyed their lunches I dozed on a rock only to have a chipmunk run right across me!

Blue Lake is nestled in the mountains above Telluride; while Lee and Gary enjoyed their lunches I dozed on a rock only to have a chipmunk run right across me!

In late Spring the waterfalls around Telluride would be torrents; I wish I was still able to ski since Telluride is a very well-designed resort with plenty of challenging runs

In late Spring the waterfalls around Telluride would be torrents; I wish I was still able to ski since Telluride is a very well-designed resort with plenty of challenging runs

Gary color coordinated with the aspens behind him!; the very popular Kia Telluride is named after the town (although I saw many more Subarus and Jeeps)

Gary color coordinated with the aspens behind him!; the very popular Kia Telluride is named after the town (although I saw many more Subarus and Jeeps)

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