Thursday, June 14, 2018
|Cement creek forest service campground|
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP|
Our Forest Service campground ($8, no water and now no campfires) is rustic although quite scenic. How the roaring water about 100' from our campsite got its name "Cement Creek" we've yet to find out.
Prior to heading to Crested Butte, we spent two nights camping at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. This steep sided canyon got its name because sunlight has a hard time ever warming the lower recesses. The Gunnison river has cut a meandering route through the rock over past eons. There were plenty of lookouts, but none could afford a photo opportunity to show the viewer what the canyon really looks/feels like.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
|Telluride (top left) and Idarado Mine (right center)|
|Bridal Veil Falls and generating facility|
|You can take a shuttle to a number of vantage points|
Some whimpy folks choose to drive or go with one of the tour groups...like in this vintage (early 1970's) Steyr-Puch. This military type vehicle was used mainly by the Swiss and Austrian armies with a few of the 4x4 sent to the U.S. The vehicle looks cool, but there was no guarantee of a smooth ride on the very rough dirt "road."
Thursday, June 07, 2018
|Coming down (left) or heading up and over (right)|
|Wan to go round trip? it'll take 15 mins.|
|From the top: Idarango Mine buildings middle far right|
The Mountain Village Telluride Gondola is a 2.5 mile trip (one way) and was opened in 1996.
Monday, June 04, 2018
|"Brownie" will get your attention|
|The historic district is quiet since school summer vacation hasn't started...yet.|
|There's a small river behind us...great for dog swims, but a bit cold for humans|
Telluride, at 8,750', is a former silver mining town. It was originally called Columbia, but a California town already claimed that. So, the name was changed to represent gold telluride minerals found in other parts of CO. Naturally, after changing the name, none of the minerals were located here.
Sometimes you get lucky. We arrived in Telluride before 9am. Headed straight for the Town Campground where we had stayed before. With only 35 sites, this is a popular place. In our favor is their rule that they do not take reservations. So we did the walk-around and found a site we had camped in before...empty. It has a riverside location and great mountain views. $14 per night if you're old and grouchy. Lydia declined to do the sign-in so faithful sherpa did the honors.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
|I shot this from the 'down' side of the hike|
We saw the bridge in the photo last year, but didn't check it out. This year we met folks at the campground who were setting out the hike to Box Canyon. "Not too far" they said. So this morning "The Leader" decided it was a good day for a stroll in the mountains. Faithful sherpa followed.
We got directions from a local when it looked like we were lost. The trail was 'up' ...moderately strenuous (probably 8'500' and climbing) and then... The Staircase which had thick steel cable on the 'wall' side and a thinner cable on the down, way down side. I used to take these challenges in stride...Not anymore. So, like a snail, I crept upwards.
Once at the top of the staircase we moved through a short tunnel and out onto the bridge. There was fantastic view both toward the town and below my feet through the lattice work steel. Going down was not anti-climactic. No cables, but plenty of snail-slow movement requiring plenty of concentration.
And, since I'm posting this blog, I must have made it. Oh, I did gash a thumb on the cable and managed to drop my small camera. Fortunately, both still work.
Friday, June 01, 2018
|The natural band shell...Echo National Monument|
|Storm clouds always add to the atmosphere|
|And so do logging trucks on long down grades|
Durango marked our first stop in Colorado then it was onwards. Durango to Ouray is a scenic ride of 90+ miles on the San Juan (mountains) Skyway. Impending rain, an 11,200' pass and at least one logging truck added to the fun. About half way, we stopped in Silverton for a tour of the T-shirt shops.
We're at a commercial campground in Ouray. It cost a lot more than our usual Forest Service or BLM sites. BUT it has showers and campfires are allowed and town is only a short walk.
Ouray is named after an indian chief of a tribe within the Ute Nation
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
|The Saturday market draws large crowds|
|Most, but not all, in booths|
|You need bright clothing to grab attention to yourself|
|Chili and flower table/wall decorations|
|A barn owl from the ST Raptor Center|
|Hawks draw a lot of attention|
Friday, May 25, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Once fortified we set out to walk to historic Fort Marcy. On the plus side there were plenty of historic information markers on the grounds. Alas the only remains of the fort were a few mounds left from the 1820-21 initial fortification. However the location, with a great view of the surrounding area was utilized numerous times...mainly for security.
Santa Fe is the oldest state capitol but if Florida moved the seat of power to St. Augustine, we'd beat them. In the early to mid-1800's, Santa Fe was a major trade route. The Royal Road of the Interior had goods flowing from Mexico to SF. Then a version of what would collectively be known as the Santa Fe Trail added in a route from Missouri to SF. Finally SF to California completed the matrix.