Rocky Mountain High ---- June 2012

July 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

On June 13 I flew out to Denver to visit Patrick and Rebecca, and the Neville's. I left my camera behind on the visit to the Neville's,  so no pics from there.  Be sure to enjoy all the photographs in the slide show.  Hope to write a better blog on my next trip, this one was thrown together as we pack to leave town for Hendersonville, NC. 

Patrick moved to Colorado last year and this was my first chance to visit. First things first. Patrick has met a wonderful woman, her name is Rebecca, and you will see these two smiling faces a lot in the photographs to follow.

 

This is Rebecca's apartment, about 4 blocks from downtown Denver.  Living downtown has so many advantages and tempts me to give up the country life. Downtown Asheville calling?

Rebecca's Apartment in downtown Denver
Boulder Creek
Rockies Baseball Rebecca took me to a Rockies game while Patrick was working. It was hot, and the smoke from the Fort Collins fire was in the air, just a little, but we had a very nice time talking and watching the "little league" effort on the field. The stadium is within walking distance of the apartment. Sweet!
Boulder Falls Boulder Falls
Nederland, CO I took a drive-about one day while Patrick was working. This is the town of Nederland, CO,  about 30 minutes west of Boulder. I also visited a very crowded Estes Park. 
Coming in to Nederland Nederland, CO

The three of us took a 2 1/2 day road trip west of Denver, with stops at Glenwood Springs, Black Canyon National Park, Gunnison, Salida and Leadville CO. 

Craft fair in Glenwood Springs

Street Fair in Glenwood Springs

South of Glenwood Springs was amazing Black Canyon NP, rivaling the Grand Canyon and Yosemite Valley. It is the blackest, the steepest and the most unassuming canyon, until you look down that is.  The picture at right was our first overlook, little did we know it was mild compared to the scary places yet to come.  Check out the entire slide show for larger images. 

Cute.

VERY SCARY



 

 

I had to bail on this hike.

Out of shape.

Next time! Bet on it!

Along the river was an old wagon.

Wish it could talk!

Most of our drive did NOT look like this, as many, many trees, up to 60% on some mountain-sides, were dead due to the pine bark beetle.  Different from the tree devastation in our NC mountains, this is caused by a native species. I fear for Colorado in the years to come, the fire risk is extreme.  
Typical Colorado countryside.

The town of Salida - home of outdoor sports competitions, kayaking through downtown (see right), mountain biking, running, snowmobiles etc....

Salida CO

 
 
Salida CO
Leadville, CO

Leadville, CO - once a city of 50,000 (gold rush days), now about 2,500.  Just recently one of the largest mines re-opened with 300 new jobs, mining molybdenum.

The Climax mine, located in Climax, Colorado, United States, is a major molybdenum mine in Lake and Summit counties, Colorado. In its heyday, the Climax mine was the largest molybdenum mine in the world, and for many years it supplied three-fourths of the world's supply of molybdenum. After a 17 year shutdown, the Climax mine has reopened and made its first shipment of molybdenum on May 10, 2012............... from wikipedia

 

Old mining operation in Leadville, CO One of many abandoned mines up the mountainside from Leadville, CO

Climax Mine

Climax molybdenum mine
Parting pictures from the Boulder and Denver area. Check out the slide show for more and larger  images
Highland Square in northwest Denver
Downtown Boulder
Downtown Boulder Above Boulder

 


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