Journey Jotters

Bitten by the travel bug

As I mentioned in the post yesterday, the JJ family took a day trip to Ouray from Telluride. While in Ouray, we drove the Million Dollar Highway towards Silverton and back. This post details our experience on this thrilling drive.

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On our third morning in Telluride, we planned to explore Ouray on a day trip. Ouray is located 50 miles to the northeast of Telluride, with a circuitous route around Mt. Sneffels. As the crow flies, the distance is somewhere about 7 to 8 miles. But with no direct access, it takes about an hour to get there.

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The JJ family re-visited the Dallas Zoo over the fourth of July weekend as part of the “Show-off Dallas” to our visiting family plan. The last time we visited was in 2015, and since then, much has changed with the Zoo. We considered the Fort Worth Zoo, but the Zoo has moved some animals to accommodate ongoing construction. Hopefully, we will make it back there another day soon.

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This post is the next in our series, Hidden Gems, where we visit places hidden in plain view, in and around Dallas, that we have explored this summer and in the past. You can access that series of posts here.

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In my earlier post, I detailed our weekend experience in a Getaway cabin. I wished to share my final thoughts in a separate post. The essence of a Getaway cabin is to connect with nature and detach from technology, allowing for relaxation. Social distancing in nature and a chance to reconnect with each other without distractions were tempting propositions.

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Yesterday, I posted about the essence of Getaway cabins. For Thanksgiving last year, I booked a Getaway cabin in the Dallas Outpost at LaRue, Texas. This area forms a part of the Piney Woods, known for its thick pine forests. LaRue is about two and a half hours from our home in North Texas.

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2020 will forever be a watershed moment, a time when our lives became irreversibly divided into the pre-and post-pandemic periods. Like most people, we spent the greater part of the year staying home, venturing out only for important activities like work, groceries, or nature walks. We booked and canceled cabin stays when cases became exceptionally high last summer. But the urge to find safe ways to get away remained. And thus, it was in September 2020 that I found myself paying close attention to Getaway cabin’s posts on social media. You know the ones: the iconic rectangular wooden cabin with a large window bringing the great outdoors in!

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