Wandering around

After leaving Crested Butte we did some wandering and discovered the Grand Mesa area. A multitude of lakes and campgrounds. Also some amazing scenery. Like this:

And a short video which I hope shows the grandeur.

Wildflowers were very plentiful and beautiful.

And there was even wildlife (look closely).

Here are a few views of the lake from our campsite.

And a short video showing fish jumping from the lake, maybe looking for a fisher person to catch them?

We hope to return in September to catch the aspen in full color.

Oops, I forgot the fireweed image.

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Crested Butte, Colorado

Is a scenic and shoppers delight. Located north of Gunnison. The Crested Butte Mountain is a beautiful backdrop to this town which features a lot of shops of all kinds and many homes that have been fixed up and painted colorfully.

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Colorado highway 149

Also known as the Silver Thorne Scenic Byway. From South Fork all the way to US 50 highway a few miles west of Gunnison. We felt this Byway is the prettiest with the biggest variety of mountains, valleys, rock formations and wonderful views anywhere in Colorado. The towns of note are Creede and Lake City. In our previous post we had a few images of a few of the interesting locations in Creede.

Below are a few from the Lake City area and a few of the fantastic views and wildlife we had an opportunity to see.

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We have

We have been to several interesting places since our last post. Unfortunately we have not had fast enough Internet speeds to upload any images or video.

We hope to be able to catch up today.

After visiting with a great friend from Arkansas at his Colorado retreat near South Fork and receiving a lot of information on attractions to visit we headed up to Creede. Creede is an old mining town, really old. Images below.

Windows into their back yard.

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Boom Days in Leadville, Colorado

Boom days in Leadville is a celebration of their mining history. For several days they have a variety of vendors available selling all kinds of stuff and food, of course. They also have many activities for men, women, children and burros. The Boom Days Pack Burro race dates back to 1949. They have both a long and short course races. The long course consists of 21 miles which follows four-wheel-drive roads to the summit of Mosquito Pass through the historic mining area. It reaches of altitude of over 13,000 feet. We chose to video and get still images of the beginning of the long race. The packs the standard and mammoth burros carry has to weigh 33 pounds and include a pick, shovel and pan. After the race the packs are weighed. Below is a short video of the beginning of the race followed by several images. I was standing in the middle of the street where the racers had to turn to continue on the route. Thankfully all of them made the turn. 🤠

After the race images there will be a few other images.

One of the contests is for the best period costume. I believe the two ladies in the image below were participants.

Some children were lucky enough to get to ride in a miniature train.

Below are images of the main street of Leadville which had been blocked off for vehicular traffic. One is very early morning before the crowd began gathering and the other hopefully shows the huge number of attendees.

We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in the Leadville area this summer. Consider adding Boom Days to your “bucket list”.

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The wildflowers……

Are blooming unbelievably here in the mountains near Leadville, Colorado. We hope you enjoy the variety below.

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Our trip to Frisco and Dillon today

We headed out down the mountain this morning to get some supplies and of course Starbucks. Mission accomplished and we have returned to our campground.

The wildflowers this year are busting out all over. Our biggest problem is there are so few places where one can park to get images of them. We were lucky today to get a few images and they are below.

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