These elderly patrons paid their bills, didn't trash their rooms and, to a person, were breathlessly enthralled with the mountains, weather, scenery, and everything else about the beautiful mountain town of Ouray, Colorado.
Wild flowers had become a hobby of Cynthia's since coming to Ouray County.
He was the most talented player the small Ouray school had produced in years.
"August is only the primary," Dean answered, but they both knew in the near one-party County of Ouray, that was tantamount to the final election.
Unshaven may be cool in Hollywood but in Ouray, you'd just look like a bum.
Cynthia took advantage of their infrequent occasions of dinning out to dress more than Ouray required, simply because it was one of few opportunities for her to do so.
Caleb—Dean couldn't recall his last name—and his family had been guests in Ouray early in June.
The Buen was nearly full, but as the season crept toward the Fourth of July and the heart of summer, finding a dinner seat anywhere in Ouray would often require patience.
"I bought it at Ouray Toys yesterday," Fred said.
Restoring law and order to Ouray County.
"Smokey Joe Wood was from Ouray," Fred said, changing the subject as Joseph scowled at his wife.
Ouray County doesn't have a farm vote.
Neither baseball nor football was available at the small Ouray High School.
Grew up in Ouray as a kid.
And tell me this: how do you conveniently come up with a full skeleton in little Ouray, Colorado over a forty-eight-hour weekend?
I drove the trip for fifteen years, when I started coming back to Ouray again.
He said in a small town like Ouray, it was an exception when the jury didn't know half the parties in his court.
As Dean rolled his Jeep down the main street of Ouray, he caught sight of a familiar figure with a rounded haircut.
After the requisite comments on the beauties of Ouray and the surrounding mountains, Faust explained he was from California, here on business—for a short stay, he added.
Before leaving the Beaumont, he looked at the recently published Ouray phone book.
At least you live here in Ouray and have a business, even if Bird Song is only a year old.
His old man was a miner and lived in Ouray when Fitzgerald was a kid—a snot-nosed bully, I suspect.
They'd delayed in Ouray just long enough to attend the auction and planned to leave immediately afterward for their next stop, the Grand Canyon.
Fred said Fitzgerald lived here in Ouray and his father was a miner.
'Reward for information leading to Josh, last name unknown, worked around Ouray this past year as a miner, foreman, or manager.
The Ouray Rescue Squad held an annual fund raising breakfast each Fourth of July, enabling the Deans to share an early meal of eggs, sausage, and fixings in the company of friends and neighbors.
Cynthia had volunteered a couple of hours selling tickets for the Ouray Chamber's Jeep raffle.
I don't know how it came up—maybe he asked where I was born—but when I told him, he said how he knew Ouray and loved it out here.
So why the stink over the Ouray land?
Ouray was Paul's dream.
Ouray was going to be our place together.
After they married, they never visited Ouray, only fantasized about it.
Jennifer Radisson had changed to jeans and a sweatshirt advertising Ouray, and carried a day pack slung over her shoulder.
Jennifer would remain in Ouray for at least another week, so she elicited a promise for a later dinner date.
Fitzgerald listed a college degree, birth in Ouray, and nineteen years in law enforcement, the last eleven in administrative duty.
His connections in Denver would get Ouray the attention it deserved.
The town of Ouray rests at the boxed-in end of the narrowing Uncompahgre Valley, which spreads from the towering San Juan Mountains in roughly a northwest direction, dropping elevation as the valley gradually widens.
I might need a little of that as well, but mostly I'm trying to track down a guy named Josh who worked in mining in Ouray back in the 1960's.
He was around Ouray for ten years or so.
It was obvious to Dean that nothing in Ouray went unobserved.
Or did he come back to Ouray and do something about it?
After all, Jennifer was born in Ouray and was connected to the disputed land.
But he wasn't even in Ouray between the early 1940's, when he was a child visiting summers, and 1980, when he started coming back after his brother died.
And while he isn't sure exactly where it was staged, there's a possibility he might have been in the same theatrical company that played Ouray, went broke and left their gear in storage.
The retiring sheriff was still officially connected to Ouray County law enforcement.
Dean was directed to spend all available weekend time on a door to door smiling and handshaking crusade, the first of many Fred had mapped out for his full-court press for making David Dean the sheriff of Ouray County, Colorado.
While Pumpkin Green was not at this week's mass, or probably any other service within miles of Ouray, Billy Langstrom's partner in love Melissa attended.
"My people tell me all the little girl talked about was Ouray and you folks," Groucho said, "so I figured she and her old lady were coming this way."
There was a chill in the early day air as Dean drove the topless Jeep north through town as Ouray was waking up.
When Dean returned to Bird Song, it was mid-morning, but if he expected a quiet empty building with the Dawkinses at the courthouse and the rest of the clientele enjoying the splendors of Ouray, he was wrong.