Well, folks it's time. We have been in our summer home since June 1st....and the weather is telling us the summer is over. Our seasonal friends are packing up too, and we are all headed south, to pick up our lives where we left off.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We left Vail after one night and headed north to the ski resort of Steamboat Springs
Not many trees on this road.
There were some unusual rock formations
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
I got ahead of myself by showing you our dinner in Vail. On our way there, we went through a very colorful town. By the way, there are several definitions of colorful.
We didn't stay long, but long enough for me to discover a couple of pretty old homes.
By this time Mr. Tom was encouraging me to get back in the car.
So that we could continue on to Vail.
* The infamous character Molly Brown of the award winning play, and oscar nominated movie ( The Unsinkle Molly Brown), hailed from Leadville.
Oscar Wilde the famous Irish play write stopped here on his American tour and was warned that if they didn't shoot him, they would surely shoot his travelling manager.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tom and I escaped our little corner of Colorado for a trip to Vail, which is a ski resort in the middle of the state. After one night, we headed up to northern Colorado to another ski resort, Steamboat Spring to meet friends.
Driving through Colorado this time of year is a real treat. It was ablaze with color.
It just got more and more colorful.
These of course are Aspen Trees and in the summer they are green.
You can see in this shot, the ones in the middle are still green
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It all looked a little sinister to me when I first spotted them.
Headed out for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday. I will return. Janey
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Hmm, this strange looking car caught my eye over in Creede
I am thinking that you would have looked twice too.
Although it is difficult for you to read the sign.Seems it is advertising the salon and gift shop,( the Blue Yak), that it is sitting in front of.
Monday, September 21, 2015
After photographing the moose (previous blog), we headed on over the mountain to Creede.
Next to the theater, which is in an old Opera house.
We got our cones, and headed back over the pass, so that we could arrive before dark. Another fun day in the mountains..
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I have mentioned before that our summer home in the mountains is just over one pass from a terrific Repertory Theater. So, Yesterday we headed over for the last play of the season.
Well, you have to keep your eyes open around here. All of a sudden we saw this. A female moose (called a cow), was right beside the road. Problem is, I had to stand in the middle of a highway to get this. The sun was shining into my lens and the moose was in the shade, but hopefully you can see it.
To our surprise she had a calf.
Oops, make that two!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
I am still using pictures from our drive last Sunday, mainly because I haven't been out much. It is almost time to head south with the birds, and I have been packing. I like to leave everything neat around here, so closing up means cleaning the fridge from top to bottom, the oven, etc. etc. Did I mention that I am a bit of a neatnik. Anyway back to the drive.
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We went all the way down....which meant we also had to climb all the way back up, only to discover that an Aspen tree was blocking the view from the observation point.Grrr
Friday, September 18, 2015
Our destination on our drive into the mountains on Sunday was Rose's Cabin.
When I first started coming here back in the 1980'S, I thought Rose was a woman, well she was actually a man named Corydon Rose. Back in 1874 Rose decided to build a large cabin at the base of Engineer's Pass (12,880ft). This area was half way between the new mining towns of Ouray and Lake City, Co. It soon became an overnight stopping point for miners coming over the high pass.
Unfortunately, there isn't much left of the area. This photo is not remains of the cabin, but are the walls of the stable. In 1877 a stage line came right in front of the cabin, going to and from Ouray, which increased Rose's business($2.50 for a bed). Rose's cabin was said to have a bar running the length of the building, and 22 curtained off sleeping areas upstairs. Mr. Rose was reported to be quite a character, but a very welcoming host.
Cabins sprang up in this area, because of all of the nearby mines; the population was said to have been near 100.There was even a post office at Rose's Cabin, and this is the safe that belonged to the postmaster.
By 1877 mining had dried up, and the area around Rose's cabin became a ghost town.
It is a beautiful ride up to this area. We like to go and have a picnic on the banks of Henson Creek, which flows just down from where this lively stage stop was so long ago.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
In a valley high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado we came across this corral.
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We were not on the road pictured, but a higher road, so I did not get a closer look. Is it to corral cattle or horses? My guess would be sheep since there are so many herds in this area.
Linking to: Good Fences
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On our drive into the mountains on Sunday afternoon. I saw a large chimney. I thought maybe there had been a large house attached to it at one time.
It is quite a ways down the hill, so it must be huge.
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Although I was wrong, seems it was a Lime Kiln.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
If it weren't for the fabulous fishing and cool summer temperatures, this little mountain town would have gone the way of so many other little mining towns in Colorado. It would have become a ghost town. Neighbors from the hot flat lands of Texas headed this way in the 1930's and 40's to stay cool and fish, and they are still coming. That is why we have so many little vacations cabins, and summer homes here. Of course today the cabins have gotten a lot fancier, but some more modest ones still exist.
It even still has a matching outhouse to the back of the property.
You see the top half of these sides lift up and latch to the roof, exposing screening for ventilation....and to keep the bugs out. I was told that inside all of the original furnishing are still there. Even an old icebox, mind you not a refrigerator...since there was no electricity, but an old icebox the kind you put a block of ice in the top. After a bit of research I have discovered who has the key, but they are gone for the winter. I promise to get inside next summer, and show you around...so stay with me :)
Monday, September 14, 2015
Yesterday was the perfect day to drive higher in the mountains to see the Fall colors.
There was not a lot of color when we started up Henson Creek (on the left).
It wasn't long before the golden Aspens were everywhere.
Tom was wonderful about stopping to let me get out to take a pictures.
It made for a very enjoyable day.
Not sure what this plant is, but I liked the red berries.
There are several tall waterfalls flowing down the mountain on this road,