“Pic of the Week”, January 6, 2017: Wagon at Piney Lake

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While thumbing through some of my photo archives the other day, I stumbled across this image of an old wagon, framed against the Gore Range of the Colorado Rockies.  The lake in the background is Piney Lake and there’s a wonderful hike you can take along the lake to a waterfall in the mountains.

I’m sure now the lake is covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow.  But it is a reminder of things soon to come!

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National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, Colorado

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Leadville is the highest altitude town to be occupied year round in the United States, situated at 3094 m (10,592 ft) above sea level.  The area was a booming silver mining town in the late 19th century and while the mining era is all but over, relics of it are still plentiful around Leadville.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) offers an interesting look at the geology and mining of the region, and its Hall of Fame portion recognizes the men and women who were important mining pioneers.  A relatively new institution, the nonprofit NMHFM was founded in 1977 and the building it occupies renovated in 1987.  Initially it was to be on the grounds of the Colorado …

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Vail Farmer’s Market

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During the summer months there’s a nice Farmers’ Market in Vail every Sunday.  It’s situated on the north side of Gore Creek, on Meadow Drive, in close proximity to the town’s large parking structure.  It compliments the nearby Minturn Market which is held on Saturday and many of the vendors from that smaller but more compact Minturn Market also show up at Vail.

The Vail market is, at least to my impression, significantly larger than the Minturn Market, although not its not as compact and fun to navigate.  It features seasonal produce which mostly is grown in eastern and western Colorado.  Not too much food is grown at the high elevation of Vail which sits at around 8200 …

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“Pic of the Week”, June 24, 2016: Moose at Piney Lake, Colorado

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I love summer days in the Rocky Mountains!  Having finished a rewarding six mile hike at beautiful Piney Lake, situated in the Gore Range of Colorado, we were resting by the lake’s shore and enjoying the scenery before returning to our timeshare unit in Vail.  Suddenly and surprisingly quietly, two large moose walked by us on their way to the lake.  They wadded into the clear water and started munching on water-plants growing close to shore.  They were not disturbed by our presence and were close enough that I was able to take some nice photos.

Moose are huge, the largest of all the deer species.  Males carry massive antlers which can have a span of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters).  …

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Signs of Jackson Hole

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Jackson — sometimes called ‘Jackson Hole’ after the valley in which it resides — is a fun town to visit.  It’s situated in northwestern Wyoming, one of the most beautiful regions in the world.  With the growth of tourism in the area the town has morphed from its cowboy and ranching roots to an upscale resort.  But it’s not gone Hollywood — there’s still a lot of “country soul” around.  Jackson’s population is just under 10,000, not counting the surrounding ranchers and the many tourists that visit.
The popularity and quality of alpine skiing and the nearby location of the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks have made this town a travel destination both in summer and …

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Great Cars along the Road…. Butte, Montana

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Butte, Montana, is a colorful town.   It was in its heyday about a century ago, and I would have loved to have visited it during that time.  Butte (pronounced B-yut) was one of the largest and most advanced cities in the western United States.

 

1955 Chevy Bel-Air, Butte, Montana

1955 Chevy Bel-Air, Butte, Montana

As the mines around Butte have progressively (but not completely) played out and closed, the town has lost lots of its people and much of its luster.  Still, while somewhat worn, it has charm.  As we drove around the streets, I found this beautiful classic car parked in front of buildings that were old when it was new.  Believe it’s a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air.  Not in perfect condition but it seemed to be well cared for and …

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Signs of Pinedale

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Pinedale is a small town in Wyoming, the southern gateway to Jackson Hole (about a hour’s drive away).  It’s situated at the base of the beautiful Wind River Mountains.  Pinedale has a population of about 2,000 residents and is an important outdoor adventure hub.  There’s a lot of natural country nearby for hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting and ATV adventures, and hundreds of lakes for fishing and water sports.  The climate is subarctic because of its high altitude so winter is long and winter sports like snowmobiling, skating, snowboarding and skiing are very popular.

An unusual local attraction is the Museum of the Mountai

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Dinosaur National Monument — Fossil Bone Quarry, Utah

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Situated in a remote region of northwestern Colorado and extending into eastern Utah, you’ll find Dinosaur National Monument.  This is Green River country, the river winding through memorable rock formations and desert landscapes.  But the real treasure of the region is what’s beneath the ground.  You’ll find some of the world’s largest deposits of dinosaur bones in Dinosaur National Monument.  Our visit today is to the monument’s Fossil Bone Quarry.

In 1909 paleontologist Earl Douglass, working for the Carnegie Museum, discovered plant and animal fossils at this site.  A quarry was established revealing rich deposits of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones.  Dinosaur National Monument was created in 1915, initially protecting 80 acres in the quarry area but now expanded to 210,844 …

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