Monday, July 18, 2016

Weston Pass

We did a day trip up through Weston Pass which is between Leadville and Fairplay, CO.

Weston Pass is the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.  We saw many wondrous things.

That snow you see in the background is at the top of the pass and the
very top of the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River.

Sky Rockets.

I wrote and posted this blog from outside a pizza shop, I hope the pictures are ok as I couldn't tell one way or the other.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Leadville, Colorado and Dry Camping in the Shadow of Mt. Elbert

Last week we moved from Parry Peak campground to a great dry camping area just west of Leadville.  This free camping area is quite large and I haven't seen it listed on any "free camping maps" not even Sock Monkey's map.

We moved here before the 4th of July weekend.  Maybe not the best time to be in a free camping area but we managed to find a nice spot tucked in between some pine trees(good) but right along the main dirt road in(not good) but it rained off and on most of the weekend which helped to keep the dust down(a good thing) because there were about a hundred kids on dirt bikes and such running up and down the road all weekend long(not good).  When most everyone had left the area on monday we moved to a nicer location tucked into some trees at the end of a dirt road.  No one drives by us now.

Second parking spot with big rocks.  Lots of sun on our solar 
panels to keep us charged up.

It's spring.

This area of Colorado is home to some of the highest mountains on the North American continent.  And we are camping in the shadow of the tallest, Mt. Elbert, at 14,440'.  The elevation where we are is 9,688' and being this high makes it a little hard to breath.  We get out of breath very easily.  

Mt. Elbert elevation 14,440' seen from the road.

There are two really nice things about this location, the first is there is pretty good internet here(no internet at Parry Peak) and second is we are only about 10 minutes from a grocery store and restaurants. 

Everywhere you go  in this area you can see the beautiful Arkansas River.  Just down the road from our campsite the river is no bigger that a creek but just down the road it looks like this.

Tomorrow we will drive north to interstate highway 70 to meet some friends from California for lunch in the town of Dillon.  They're on their way east so we thought we'd drive up and see them as they pass by.

I'll be back soon.

Evie and Joy