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Old 07-10-2013, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Woods Bay, Montana
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I'll try, ok cliffnotes:

2009 - Retired from Arkansas, visited relatives in Colorado, the idea of NO humidity was appealing. Altitude killed me, gasping for air. Drove around the western slope and visited every town here (HATE the front range). Settled on either Paonia or Ridgway to retire to. Decided on Ridgway. Moved there (er here). Moved in fall, spent one winter, one summer, another winter. LOVED it. Then moved to Delta to help relatives and be closer to them. Spend two years and two miserable hot summers there. Hated it. People rude, unfriendly. Summers unbearable 100 degrees plus every day, howling daily hot winds, mosquitoes, stupid irrigation wars, stupid cows. Cows are really stupid, yes they are. Decided to move back to Ridgway. Here I am. Happy happy joy joy.

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I'm curious what the determining factors were on your decision for Ridgway over Paonia?
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I just liked Ridgway and Ouray County better. Really can't put my finger on it, just like it better.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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@Jim.... Based on reading about your distaste for heat, I think you made a good choice by picking Ridgway instead of Paonia. Although Paonia is a very scenic location, Paonia gets pretty hot. Also, Ridgway is closer to the hot springs.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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I drove down from Grand Junction to Ridgway Sunday 6/30 & man was it hot until I got close to Ridgway, 90's & just blazing sun. As I climbed out of Ridgway on CO62 in my big a$$ U Haul truck, the temperature dropped until it hit about 66, it was breezy, some clouds, very pleasant. I love Ridgway, it has amazing San Juan views. We had family in Durango and we do enjoy the location between the mountains & the desert, so Ridgway wasn't going to work for us. Having a college & a commercial airport in Durango really kind of sealed it for us.

May come spend a night or two in Ridgway sometime though. Looks like wonderful place to relax & enjoy the town & surroundings. A hammock under a tree just sounds perfect there.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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It's been in the 90's here in town for a couple of weeks now, 80's in my home. The heat here in Ridgway has been miserable, it doesn't cool down that much at night. I've been spending a lot of time at the Ridgway State Park, the lake is very cool. Then back here in town to the oven. UGH.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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I can't believe how hot it's been the last few times I visited Ridgway. It used to be my plan to escape malarial summer in Massachusetts (and it's still a whole lot better- we've been grey skies, high 80s-90s, 99 percent humidity. Air like stale soup.
At least y'all have the views.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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We had a good soaking rain yesterday .20", which is a lot for here. It really cooled things off and 58 degrees this morning. Hopefully the heat wave is broken.

Another free concert in the town park last night, in the rain. It was bluegrass which to me, is about as enjoyable as herding cats. Next week is Reggae. UGH. Some guy beating trash can lids. I wish they would have music people actually listen to. Maybe rock and roll?

I watched Sharknado on SyFy!
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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We had almost a tenth of an inch in Grand Junction and the weather guy could hardly contain his excitement. You know it's really dry when anyone even notices a tenth of an inch rainfall.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Went for a short hike along the Dallas Creek Trail at the Ridgway State Park today.

The mandatory bears will eat you sign:


Looking south along the trail:


This is where ALL the mosquitoes live. Good Lord they were thick!


Nice views at 6,994 feet:


Dallas Creek:


Looks like someone is fishing:
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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Jim, that looks like a Blue Heron in the last pic....nice set of pix....glad the bears didn't eat you....
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