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Blinda’s birthday is coming up once again, although I’m sure she doesn’t want to be reminded. This year, I’m afraid there won’t be much of a celebration. I’ll get her some flowers and a card, maybe take her out to eat. I used to go all out on her birthdays, and it was so much fun. Of course we had the money to do that back then.
One year, I was very sneaky and arranged with her boss for a few days off. I didn’t tell her about it, just set everything up. The morning of her birthday, I woke her up with breakfast in bed, nothing fancy, just some bacon and eggs. After she finished, I told her she needed to hurry up and get ready, we were leaving soon. Blinda looked at me, and said “I have to work this afternoon”. I told her not to worry, I had already arranged it with her boss, and that we were taking a little trip.
We started off with no real destination in mind, just driving. Eventually we ended up in Ouray, Co. I had been there a number of times, but she never had. I convinced her to take a Jeep tour with me, and see some of the off road sites. I had never been able to get her to go four wheeling with me before, and was surprised when after the tour, she suggested we rent a jeep, and spend the next couple of days exploring.
We spent two days, four wheeling, nothing extreme, but enjoyable all the same. Of course as the good tourists we were, we stopped and purchased one of those disposable panoramic cameras. There is simply too much beauty in the mountains of Ouray to not have some good pictures as a reminder. July is a great month to visit the Mountains, the wild flowers are usually in full bloom.
We did three or four of the 4 X 4 passes, visiting Telluride and Silverton. Many of them are fairly easy, and you still get some amazing views the trails and the summit. The following pictures are some of those views. I just wish I could figure out a way to share the fresh clean scent of the air, and the sounds of wildlife like the Whistle Pigs.
I’m not sure where this last picture was taken from. I cropped out an old red truck parked on the trail below. I thinks it’s a pretty interesting picture though, and gives a person a good sense of the terrain. We really loved our trip, and have many reminders of it around the house. I just hope we’ll be able take another trip like it sometime. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get Blinda back in the mountains, but maybe to the desert or the coast. I'd love to
take her down to Mustang Island one of these days.
Maybe she’ll be able to get some more pictures of me in a compromising situation. What’s the old saying, all’s fair in love and war.
Well I hope I didn’t bore you with my little trip down memory lane. I’ll be sure to wish Blinda a happy birthday.