We did one of our epic road trips out in the American West over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009 – flying into Denver, then driving in a rental to southwest Colorado, down through southern Utah, down through central Arizona, over through central New Mexico, back up to southwestern Colorado, then returning to Denver for our flight home. Lots of miles to be sure, but also lots of winter scenes that we rarely get to experience as well. As you can see above, we had snow in Silverton on the streets, and you can just barely make out the snow-capped mountains in the background.
Photo info: Downtown at night Silverton, Colorado December 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
This abandoned cabin was fairly close to our old property in southwest Colorado, but it was much harder to reach, being at 12,600 feet (3840 m) of elevation and with no road leading to it. I can only imagine that prospectors got to it on foot – like we did – or by using horse, mules, or donkeys. Either way, the climb to that cabin – which is very near Bonita Peak – is brutal, but the view once there is stupendous. It’s like being at the top of the world.
The detritus inside the cabin was interesting, and it also looked like various critters would seek shelter there, based upon all the different scat that we observed. If you click on the image below, you can see on Google maps exactly where this cabin can be found.
Photo info: Abandoned mining cabin North Fork Cement Creek Ironton, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam
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