Friday, July 13, 2007
As promised yesterday morning, here are a few photos from the OCON 2007 bus trip to Ouray, Colorado, whose claim to fame among fans of Ayn Rand is that it inspired the valley hideout known as "Galt's Gulch" in Atlas Shrugged.
The tour started with a trip to the spectacular Box Canyon Falls nearby. After a couple hours taking in the scenery and enjoying good conversation, we went to the Elk Lodge in downtown Ouray for lunch and then spent some time in Ouray itself. The pictures below will follow that chronology. As always, click on the image for a better view.
The park surrounding Box Canyon Falls offers two main trails to the falls. As you might expect, one leads to the top of the falls and the other to the bottom. I took the trail to the top first, and got this nice view of Ouray on the way up.
This shot focuses on the lone house overlooking Canyon Creek that you can spot in the preceding photo.
Okay. Now, climb out of that barrel! We're below the falls now, and looking up at a lone tree I spotted growing in some crag.
There is really no way to do these falls justice in still shots, as you can see here. There is simply no way to get everything in at once.
I thought this pool below the falls was pretty, too. This part of the day was quite hot, but this close to the bottom of the falls, it was almost chilly between the combined effects of shade and mist.
Here's a snapshot of
the central business district downtown main drag of Ouray. Not much to see but shops and restaurants that cater to the tourist trade. A few of us settled at a Mexican place down the way to sit for a spell.
Oh yeah. I guess there was this. (Look for in the window's upper right for the sign that reads, "Galt's Gulch\ Elev. 7,706 ft.") Apparently, you could buy a similar sign or order one inside. I heard that this shop had four on hand and rather quickly sold out.