Switzerland of America!"
August 15, 2003.
Ouray is located in
a deep valley and is said to resemble Switzerland in some
ways. We didn't never get to Switzerland yet, so we checked
out the Cascade Falls instead. It is reached by following 8th
Street several blocks up to the parking lot where you ken see this
sign. It is about a 1/4 mile walk up to where you ken see a
reel good view of the falls, and another 1/4 mile to get you close
enough to feel the water mist on your fur. That was close
enough fer Dexter and me, as shown in photo # 3, cuz both of us jest recently had to take
a bath, and we didn't want to get either wet or dirty.
The other photo at
right was taken from the highway towards Silverton, and shows how
the small town fits into the deep, narrow valley.
Photo #4 shows the
mountain on the west side of the Ouray valley, from the trail near
Photos #5 through
#8 show interesting shots taken of the area in and around the Box
Canyon Falls, which is a reel dramatic waterfall that shoots over
the top of the canyon then blasts through a deep canyon with a
very loud roar, even though this year it is reported to be
diminished in both flow and noise because of the drought.
Photo #9 shows
Dexter, Lil Benny & me getting bored and wanting to head back
to the van. Photo #10 shows Dexter and me climbing the
stairs so Gloria will take us back to the van before we get wet or
Photo #11 shows
Gloria waving to us as we're climbing the stairs.
Photo #12 shows
Dexter pretending to be a wild mountain sheep, but he had a lot of
trubble growling like a reel one.
Photo # 13 shows
Lil Benny pretending to be a mountain alligator, and he looked
reel cool, except that he can't growl either.
Photos #14, 15
& 16 show the chipmunks or ground squirrels that hang around
the Box Canyon Falls ticket booth and gift shop and steal the bird
food that gets knocked to the ground beneath the feeders. If
them ground squirrels get any fatter, they won't be able to run
away. Actually, we found out that chipmunks are smaller than
ground squirrels and have brighter stripes down their backs.
don't seem to be very informational, so I couldn't find a reel
good link to send you to, so that's why I put in a lot of photos