A personal blog from my hometown of Ouray, Colorado. It's mostly an homage to my three dogs but there's some fire fighting, traveling and general mountain living stuff as well.
I’ve been all around this world; lived in four distinct regions of the US and in Asia. I have spent years traveling across each continent and in all those miles - but not kilometers because those are dumb ;) - this view toward Ouray with Mt. Abram looming over our town is my absolute favorite.

No other view gives me the sense of calm and happiness that this one does. Whatever stress I’m feeling or crap I’m dealing with (temporarily) washes away.

And, of course, the fading colors of Summer and those early hints of Fall only makes it more incredible.

Pretty damn lucky to call this home.
I’ve been all around this world; lived in four distinct regions of the US and in Asia. I have spent years traveling across each continent and in all those miles - but not kilometers because those are dumb ;) - this view toward Ouray with Mt. Abram looming over our town is my absolute favorite.

No other view gives me the sense of calm and happiness that this one does. Whatever stress I’m feeling or crap I’m dealing with (temporarily) washes away.

And, of course, the fading colors of Summer and those early hints of Fall only makes it more incredible.

Pretty damn lucky to call this home.

I’ve been all around this world; lived in four distinct regions of the US and in Asia. I have spent years traveling across each continent and in all those miles - but not kilometers because those are dumb ;) - this view toward Ouray with Mt. Abram looming over our town is my absolute favorite.

No other view gives me the sense of calm and happiness that this one does. Whatever stress I’m feeling or crap I’m dealing with (temporarily) washes away.

And, of course, the fading colors of Summer and those early hints of Fall only makes it more incredible.

Pretty damn lucky to call this home.

Ouray Stats

Tumblr Lesson 22a: never leave Brenna hanging.

Ouray’s Stats/Details/Fun Facts/Not-so-Fun Facts:
Elevation - 7800 feet
Population - 900 full time residents
Mountains - The San Juans, in which Ouray is enveloped, have the highest concentration of 12, 13 and 14 thousand foot peaks in the lower-48.
Ice Climbing - home to the famed Ouray Ice Park and the renowned International Ice Climbing competition each January (2015 dates are Jan 8-11).
Jeeping - apparently we are one of ‘the’ places to Jeep. I’ve never done it (I use my legs to go up mountains) but will take the chamber’s word for it.
Water I - our tap water is bottled water quality, literally.
Water II - our town’s pool is fed by natural hot springs and has three sections: a 70s-degree section, a 90s-degree section and a 110-degree section. It’s incredible in the winter when it’s cold and snowing at night.
Groceries - 40 miles, each way, to the closest legit grocery store.
Inbreeding - nearly everyone in this town is a cousin of someone else. Kind of scary in a West Virginia holler kind of way.
Me - Every town has its downside. Sadly, I’m Ouray’s.

That’s probably enough from my dumb ass today :). Have a great weekend!

Ouray + September + October = This Shit
We are now entering my favorite time of year in Ouray. Mid-September through late October is basically what you see above.

Took this looking south while walking the dogs after CrossFit. That’s Hayden Mountain in the photo. It may not look like much but that bastard is 13, 206 feet up. Tough but great climb, too.

Anyway, these are the days that remind me how stupidly awesome my town is. Pretty damn lucky to be here.

THANK YOU
Before I close my post, I want to send a sincere thanks to all who pitched in with suggestions and ideas about a book for my girls’ basketball team. I sincerely appreciate all of you. Thanks!
Ouray + September + October = This Shit
We are now entering my favorite time of year in Ouray. Mid-September through late October is basically what you see above.

Took this looking south while walking the dogs after CrossFit. That’s Hayden Mountain in the photo. It may not look like much but that bastard is 13, 206 feet up. Tough but great climb, too.

Anyway, these are the days that remind me how stupidly awesome my town is. Pretty damn lucky to be here.

THANK YOU
Before I close my post, I want to send a sincere thanks to all who pitched in with suggestions and ideas about a book for my girls’ basketball team. I sincerely appreciate all of you. Thanks!

Ouray + September + October = This Shit
We are now entering my favorite time of year in Ouray. Mid-September through late October is basically what you see above.

Took this looking south while walking the dogs after CrossFit. That’s Hayden Mountain in the photo. It may not look like much but that bastard is 13, 206 feet up. Tough but great climb, too.

Anyway, these are the days that remind me how stupidly awesome my town is. Pretty damn lucky to be here.

THANK YOU
Before I close my post, I want to send a sincere thanks to all who pitched in with suggestions and ideas about a book for my girls’ basketball team. I sincerely appreciate all of you. Thanks!

I Think I May Be The Biggest/Lamest Softie Ever
September 10th is always the hardest day of the year for me because it’s the girls’ birthday. Yesterday they turned 9.

9.

How the fuck did we get to 9? I swear it was a week ago that we brought them home from the shelter: the top photo is from their first day with us in November 2005 … they were so little I had to carry them upstairs at night because they were not big enough to do the stairs yet!

Anyway, I always get too pensive about them on their birthday. Totally illogical, dumb and overly-emotional but, hey, I guess that’s just me with my dogs.

It’s been the best 9 years ever, ones I would not trade for anything in the world.

In another 25 years when we have to put them down at 34 years of age, I’m going to be really sad.

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