We left Annalise's house really early to give us plenty of time to drive to Durango
in southwest Colorado because we heard the drive was gorgeous. Thank you to everyone who told us about the drive, it was beyond breathtaking. In the morning I was in a bit of a bad mood, but I cheered up at Monarch Pass which was our first run-in with the continental divide. It felt great to officially be in the West again after about four looong months of East Coast-ing. We rode "gondolas" up to the top of the pass but it was too windy and cold to go out for long. There was tons of snow everywhere and we were in flip flops! We got some fudge in the gift shop and continued on our way, stopping in Montrose
After lunch I got to drive Red Rock Pass, which took us through Ouray
, known as the Switzerland of America, and Silverton, an old mining town. The views were breathtaking and I kept making Auni nervous by pointing at things and sometimes even stopping on the road to look at things. We made it just FINE though, my driving is not that bad, Auni (if you're reading this, which you should be). We got to our friend Anne's house in Durango which is a cute little town. She showed us around the main street and then we ate delicious New Mexican food. We told the waiter it was Matt's birthday (which was only a few days away- we weren't REALLY lying!) and got sopapillas with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Wonderful. We spent the night at Anne's wonderful house that has an oldfashioned stove and many other fun western-type touches.