Well we found Colorado heaven here in Ouray (pronounced you-ray). You can walk up and down (literally for there is a definite tilt to the town) Main street in about ten minutes. You can also stroll from Main street to a waterfall, several trail heads, or a large community pool fed by the hot springs. The latter had a youth swim team practice going on when we checked it out (one pool is the traditional water type, three or four other pools varying in temperature from 80 to 100 degrees). There are a few condos here, but mostly people (permanent residents and otherwise) live in small cottages that dot the downtown area as well as the hills. Prices are not cheap, but you can buy a small home here for about 250K; I talked with someone who bought his dream home for around 400K, a nice librarian whose husband teachers in town paid 280K for something that needs work (in Breckenridge I think condos start at over 500K- we found ads in town for homes in Teluride starting at a million). We ate at a wonderful Mexican resterant last night and the waitress grew up here with both parents teaching at the local school (her graduating class was 25 but she thinks last years was 14). She goes to school now in Boulder but loves her hometown dearly. Another person we met owns a liquor store that he purchased from his family (they moved to Ouray in 1973, he was born in 1976 and bought the store from his folks in 1999). People tend to stay here.
Anyways, we do not have any pictures yet of our new adopted hometown. On the way to Ouray we stopped at Black Canyon of The Gunnsion NP and did some hiking. That canyon is amazing; the Gunnison river carved it out and drops more in 60 some miles than the Mississippi does in its entire run. A lot of power. Anyways we will share photos and stories from our new favorite town Ouray. Talk to you soon.