We really wanted to go to the Caribbean for our honeymoon... but who wants to go to the Caribbean in the middle of June? So maybe we'll save it for this fall/winter.
We didn't book our honeymoon until 2 weeks before the wedding... the wedding financial situation got a little complicated at the end. But I really think we went to one of the most beautiful places in the world.... "Little Switzerland" or Ouray Colorado.
The first day of our honeymoon got off to a bad start...
2 hours before the wedding, I was just finishing my hair and makeup when I stood out of the makeup chair and my fake nail ripped off... taking my real fingernail with it. Uh... ouch! I didn't have time to worry about it so we stopped the bleeding, glued it back on and went and got hitched. So the next day I knew I had to go to the doctor. After 3 shots that wiggled into my joints, the doctor detached the rest of my fingernail. We'll just say it hurt really bad. And in 6-8 months I'll have a new jacked up fingernail. So after the doctor we drove 6 hours to the beautiful Ouray Colorado. Our room was so sweet! It was a lodge/western theme. By the time we got there all that was open was an Irish pub with some yummy chicken strips.
Our SWEET Honeymoon Suite!
Day 2 was a better day... we woke up and ate breakfast at a place called Bulow's Bistro... ammmmmaazzing! I had cinnamon roll french toast and Codee had a ranchero breakfast burrito. Then we walked all the shops in Ouray... which didn't take us very long. Ouray has a population of only 800. So we drove to another town near by called Telluride. (Tim McGraw has a song about Telluride) Well in Telluride they were holding a HUGE bluegrass festival. The had miles of tent cities before the town and they had sheriffs closing the town off. We told them it was our honeymoon and they let us in. Which by the way... the sheriff smelled like weed and when we got into the town we realized everyone smelled like weed. And I was the only girl in the entire town that was wearing a bra! So the place was basically a hippie fest. After grabbing some ice cream we left and headed back to Ouray.
The Hippies in Telluride
"Sweet Life" sweets in Telluride
Day 3 we went to a gold and silver mine for breakfast and after eating we took a tour into the mine. They took us 1800 feet into the mine and showed us the tools they used and exactly how they used mine out the metals. Sounds kinda boring but it was really fascinating. After the mine we drove 45 minutes to another time called Silverton. Silverton was a popular town for old time cowboys like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. It is 9300 feet in elevation... so it gets very cold in the winter and only about 100 people live in the town during winter. It is so high in the Rockies that the town is basically snowed in all winter. Several people had told us to eat dinner at a place called "Handlebars", a funky biker bar that was by far the best food we ate on the whole trip. Definitely worthy of a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode on Food Network. Silverton is also one of the main stops for the "Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad". It was a train used to get mining metals out of the mining towns between Ouray and Silverton. Well we heard this train ride was pretty sweet so we booked our tickets for the next day...
Getting ready for the mine
We woke up and headed back to Silverton to get ready for our train ride. We stopped in town to do some shopping have a funnel cake before our long ride. $200 bucks for two coach class tickets... and that took us on a 4 hour hour train ride through rocky mountain cliffs to the town of Durango (and a bus ride back to Silverton). The train was a coal running train so we were covered in soot by the time it was time. I can't even tell how GORGEOUS the ride was! I'll let the pictures do the talking.... And we had dinner in Durango at an fabulous little restaurant next to the tracks. Best burger we've had in a while...
Day 5 we hung out in Ouray for a few hours and did some window shopping then we took the long drive back to Salt Lake. My parents made dinner for us and Codee's mom and brother came down from Logan to meet us. We ate dinner and opened our wedding gifts. Can I please say that we got soooo much sweet stuff