Today is our last day here in Colorado, and I know I'm going to miss it. I spent this morning exploring lovely downtown Leadville.
That's my rental car, parked outside the coffee shop. Jim and Cory got up early this morning to climb another mountain, and I'll be leaving soon to drive to Beaver Creek to return this car. On the way, I'm planning on stopping at the yarn store we passed on our way here last Friday. Hope they are open! Anyway, the guys will meet me in Beaver Creek, we'll have dinner, come back, pack, and then tomorrow it's back to Denver to catch the plane home. I wish we'd been able to stay longer, but we'll definitely come back again.
Yesterday, we drove to two different trailheads for the mountain they are climbing today (Mt. Elbert), in order to ascertain which would provide easiest access. I, of course, took pictures. We stopped for lunch at Emerald Lake, which was just down the road (dirt and rocks, of course) from the first trailhead.
It was a beautiful setting, shady and cool. And the lake truly was "emerald." The road to the next trail head was a bit more exciting, due to the large rock quotient, but ran through a lovely aspen forest. I was using my film camera then, so I'll have to wait to show you how beautiful it was.
After figuring out their climbing plans, we had to stop to get the tire changed on my SUV, because it had picked up a nail somewhere. Then we drove south of Leadville and into the hills where there are hundreds of abandoned mines. Gold, silver, and minerals were big business here in the past, although it appears one of the biggest operations has only recently closed its doors due to bankruptcy. The road lead to the trailhead where Jim and Cory began their first mountain ascent. This is the mountain they climbed.
I can't keep the spelling of this mountain in my head, but I believe it's Mt. Albano (I'll check that when I get home) and is one of the many 14,000 + ft. mountains in the area around Leadville. They walked from the road down through the valley, which is very wide, up a large area of loose rock, up and across a "bowl" and across the needle point ridge you see there. They had a great time, and I'm sure are enjoying the same experience on the mountain today.
After we got back to Leadville, we changed, grabbed our computers and came back into town. Well, I didn't grab my computer, instead leaving the guys to the coffee shop and Internet, and choosing to go to the store that was rumored to have yarn. And it did! They had a nice selection of Lamb's Pride and Mountain Colors. I bought several hat patterns, as well as two skeins of Mountain Colors "Moguls" to make one of the hats. Leadville may be small, but they do have yarn. Yay!
And now, as my battery is running out, and it's almost time for me to hit the road, I leave you with this little fellow who I saw while driving around Turquoise Lake on Sunday. Marmot.
Right after I snapped this, a friend popped out of the rocks to the left, and I got several what I hope will be great photos of the two of them with my 35mm camera. I can't wait to get them developed!
So, until you hear from me again, writing from Atlanta, enjoy your weekend. I hope all in the areas where the hurricane hit are safe and that you will be able to go back to your homes soon.