We owe a debt of gratitude to three lovely young ladies from Ridgway, and we want to say a public “Thank You”!
During a visit to Ouray, July 21, we headed off to Yankee Boy Basin in search of the famed wildflowers. Leaving our Volvo XC70 at the former town of Sneffels, we continued up the road under somewhat threatening skies to the Basin, where we found wonderful wildflowers of every description. After about an hour of admiring and photographing them, the skies darkened further, the thunder echoed, and it started to rain. And then to hail. And then to hail harder.
Hurriedly we put on our rain gear and started down the road to where we had left the car. The hailstones got larger, and they hurt through our thin waterproof jackets. The road quickly became a muddy river, and the whole area whitened with the falling hail. This is NOT going to be fun, we thought! There was such a long way to go in such bad weather.
Then down the road came a white SUV. The driver opened her window and shouted an invitation for a ride, and we very gratefully hopped in. Kristin, at the wheel, was doing a great job of navigating the now quite treacherous road, with Montana riding shotgun and warning her of hazards ahead. Brittany was in back with us. The wipers frozen into the hail on the windshield had to be hand-freed, the fast-flowing muddy water washed rocks and debris across the very narrow road, and it was hard to see what was coming next. At last we made it to our car, bid our rescuers good-bye, and joined the procession of vehicles slowly and carefully wending its way down the hill.
Had it not been for Kristin, Montana and Brittany (whose last names we never learned), we would have been in very sorry shape – both emotionally and physically – by the time we finally returned to Ouray. We are beyond grateful for their unselfish, thoughtful act of kindness to two strangers. You three angels are examples of all that is so good about young people today. Thank you very, very much!
– Tom and Marilyn Eckels, Breckenridge, CO and Reston, VA