We forgot about the parade going on and luckily we found a parking close by. It was really cool to see so many families come out for this and I wish we had known about the parade as we could have went rafting later.
So this is where things got fun! Apparently Whitnee did not try on both boots or she would have known she had 2 left boots.
She quickly got the name "Lefty"
Brandon on the other hand got his life jacket mixed up with Paul's life jacket and looked like Chris Farley from Tommy Boy. You know... the part where he puts on Richards jacket and sings "Fat Guy in a Little Jacket". (Sorry no picture as we were laughting too hard and he quickly took it off as he knew his shutterbug wife was going to capture this moment... so you just have to imagine the view)
(Here's the link... http://youtu.be/ohz8_IafGwE which is too funny not to watch and this was something we all laughed about!) Brandon quickly got the nickname "Farley"!
After a few quick instructions from Tyler we were ready to rock!
It was a lot of fun and although it wasn't "white water rafting" it was a blast. We were on the Uncompahgre River and it was faster than a float trip and we did have to push through certain areas where the water was rough. (Well I got out of paddling because Paul was in front of me and it was just easier for him to do all the work up front rather than me getting confused on pushing or pulling back so I just took pictures! Imagine that!)
Tyler was an awesome raft guide!
Here's some of the views from our ride....
As you can see it was pretty cool with a nice mix of calm and choppy water. The scenery was pretty (except for the junk yard you pass) and a fisherman that scared us when we popped around the corner!
When we got to our stopping point we had to cross a lake...
"Lefty" and her hubby.... he's extra special!
The boys carried our raft while the girls watched!
(Well of course I took a few more pictures)
The guys got things ready for Tim to come back and pick us up.
When Tim arrived he brought Pato (Spanish for "duck"), his service dog!
What an awesome dog who loves people!
Tim Kenney and Pada!
Tim joined the military at age 42... super nice guy and awesome day to spend with one of our veterans! If you are ever in Montrose, CO and just have about 2 hours to spend then call Tim's shop and tell him the Spry's sent you!
Toad's Guide Shop
309 E Main
Montrose, CO 81401
After everyone got cleaned up and picked up Damon we headed down to Ouray, CO.
(Which is about 45 minutes from Montrose)
Ouray is known as the "Switzerland of America" because of its setting at the narrow head of a valley, enclosed on three and a half sides by steep mountains.
He is 100% boy and just like his daddy!
They have some of the neatest flower displays using old stuff... Loved it!
We did some window shopping and I loved this boot!
Loved this piece too!
(Reminded me of Roni's dad who was taken much too soon and his love of guitars)
Oh and I loved these blue things... such a neat little town!
Once our bellies were full it was time to head back to Montrose!
Tahoe 1 - Bear 0
After a day like this we thought our rental might look like the car in Tommy Boy when the deer they hit wakes up.... Ha!
(Watch the video clip on the link above)
(This was a really nice Russell Stover's store)
Damon is such a funny kid. He loves to hit his cup to your cup and say "Cheers"! He also likes to show you his muscles then give them a little kiss. Another cute thing he does is bumps knuckles and then blows it up! I love listening to him talk.... kid goes non-stop! Most is jibber jabber but there is a lot you do understand. He loved to share with Brandon and he would offer him something and then say "Reach Brandon Reach"! So funny!
We went back to the hotel and waited for it to get dark enough for the fireworks to start...
I got some pretty cute pictures of Damon while he was showing off for us!
Then we heard fireworks going off so we headed outside!
It was a wild and crazy day but we truly enjoyed spending time with these guys!
Now for a little shut eye so we can start another crazy adventure tomorrow!