This here is a midsummers throw back to that time my dad and I accidentally drove my mini with the u-haul up Red Mountain Pass in the middle of a late April snowstorm. If you haven’t heard of Red Mountain Pass it is on one of the worlds most dangerous roads list. At one point of the road there is a stoplight because it goes down to one narrow lane on the side of the mountain. As we started to go up the pass it started snowing lightly, keep in mind it was April 27th. The snow got heavier and heavier as we kept going. Now I don’t have snow tires on my mini, and it is not really quite the winter car if you know what I mean. We ended up getting stuck in a “no stopping” zone, possibility of avalanches. We had to wait for a snow plow, follow that snow plow to the summit, and then wait for another snow plow to come up the other side of the mountain so we could follow that one down.
Our goal was to get to Durango that night but we ended up having to spend the night in the lovely town of Silverton, Colorado. Known for its adventure Silverton is a small town nestled way up in the heart of the San Juan mountains. When we arrived in town it was about 12:00 midnight and we couldn’t find any hotel with someone at the front desk. We ended up checking ourselves into an open room at the Teller House Hotel. Luckily I think that they are used to these types of things happening because their front door is left open for late travelers.
“Winter is Coming”
When we got stuck again trying to leave Silverton the great Sheriff of the town stayed with us until we were able to make it to dry road. The surprise winter storm dropped 10 inches in Silverton and I felt luckily to be alive when we made it to the top of Molas Pass.
I will say I was very very impressed with the mini’s performance. Even pulling the u-Haul we got 30mpg.
This next structure we passed on the road to Durango. This crazy rock formation is a natural hot spring and is just hanging out on the side of the road. The water coming through it is very warm and the structure is about 4.5ft high.
Hopefully I will be able to return to Silverton, Colorado sometime with a more secure mode of transportation. They are supposed to have great helicopter skiing tours.
Hope this snowy post finds you well in the middle of a hot summer.