This was one of our last trips to see our old property in Silverton, Colorado. It was late in November… actually, it was too late. The hard water season had moved in, and the snow was too deep in the higher altitudes for us to get to our place. We had parked miles away from it and tried to hike the rest of the way, but without snow shoes it was just a waste of effort. We turned around and retreated once we began to post hole up to our hips in the snow, and I was done once I slipped and gashed my knee open on a sharp boulder that was hidden under the drifts.
Photo info: Reese Street, near the Silverton High School Silverton, Colorado November 2009 Apple iPhone 3GS
Yep, I’m still on my southwestern Colorado kick. Anytime we went to visit our place – our little slice of mountain goodness – we would usually fly into Denver (DIA) and reluctantly take whatever the rental car place would give us (they never had the vehicle that we reserved months in advance) – then drive halfway across the state, usually pulling into Silverton by the late afternoon or early evening. And this is what we saw just prior to descending into town – the spectacular view from the rest area at Molas Pass.
Photo info: The view from Molas Pass Molas Pass rest stop Silverton, Colorado November 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
When we owned our place high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of our great joys was watching the incredible sunsets. This was one of them, taken about midway up our property line. Our former gold mining claim – which actually had three old and safely sealed gold mining shafts on it (that’s the tailings pile for one of them in the middle of the image) – started at 11,300-feet (3,444 m) in elevation and topped out above the timberline at just over 12,000-feet (3,657 m). In recent days, Cindy and I have been fondly reminiscing about our times spent there tent camping on our plot, without a soul around us for as far as the eye could see.
Photo info: Sunset over Red Mountain From our property Silverton, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam