After hike up to the top of Raider's Ridge on Thursday, we decided to drive the 70 miles to Ouray the following morning. It had been years since my mother had been, and Trevor and I wanted to do more exploring of the area since I am not pregnant this year and the weather forecast, for once, seemed to be in our favor.
Which: famous last words, right?
But the trip to the coffee shop DID allow us to figure out how we were going to spend the rest of the afternoon (assuming, of course, the weather cleared up). We read up on hikes in the area and Googled "things to do in Ouray". I know most people research what to do in an area before they arrive, but I've never been that organized. Neither has my husband, which is why our relationship works. Because nothing drives me bonkers faster than being overly scheduled while on vacation. I much prefer getting some place, figuring out my energy level in real time and proceeding from there. This is even more true now that I have a kiddo, because, well, he is a baby. We've got him on a schedule, but every now and again he likes to throw us a curve ball to make sure we are still paying attention. You've got to be flexible when dealing with an illiterate seven and a half month old who's preferred method of communication involves poop, spit up and screaming his little head off.
Speaking of poop, the coffee shop didn't have a changing table so we ended up changing Banner's diaper on a fire escape overlooking a dumpster. Because that is just the kind of parents we are, and, well, in addition to flexibility, I find creativity to be a perk (if not a prerequisite) for this whole mommy and daddy thing. I used to freak out a little if I couldn't find proper diaper changing facilities. And, well, that was a colossal waste of energy and brain power when carrying a baby armed with a blow out. It is kind of funny how easy it is to prioritize priorities when crap is on the line. Thank goodness for the portable changing mat is all I can say.
Anyway, armed with a fresh diaper and the sun starting to peak through the clouds, we were off on an afternoon of adventure and exploration. Which is just a fancy way of saying that we went on a hike and saw some really cool things. But more on that later, because it is getting late and the rest of my pictures aren't uploading properly.