Sunday, August 31, 2008
Now we're back at the ranch, laundry done, and ready to go again!
We ended our trip with a visit to Hovenweep, which is a national park, actually located right over the border in Utah. The whole four corners area is populated with ancient pueblo ruins, some of which are unreachable by the average person, or on private property.
On our day trip to Silverton, along the Million Dollar Highway, there are literally tons of old abandoned mining operations. The highway got its name when, after being built with old mine tailings still rich with gold ore, the mining industry developed new ways of gold extraction...in hindsight, they could have gotten a million dollars worth of gold from the highway base.
We stopped in the town of Ridgway, just outside of Ouray. Had dinner at the True Grit Cafe, as recommended by a fellow hiker. It was ok. Just down the street was a train museum that we had to visit. The Galloping Goose was part bus, part rail car which was used in the late 1800's to commute between mining towns, both for people and supplies. There were 7 of them.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We landed in Leadville exactly 17 years to the day later; we arrived for Boom Days in Leadville. Lots of activities; beer drinking, donkey marathon, and more beer drinking. Our campsite, the May Queen, was located on the north end of nearby Turquoise Lake, right on the lake. At night, you could look across the lake and see the lights of Leadville 6 miles away.