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Rio Grande National Forest, South Fork, Colorado

A ranger recommended this meadow and we were thrilled with the view!

Perhaps this rock outcropping had a name.

We realized we were sharing the home of these wild turkeys – we saw the same group every day.

They are not exactly cute but they are interesting.

Even though the rain clouds were moving in, we still had a nice sunset.

We decided we should explore that rock outcropping.

Great views – and of the Travato in its camp spot also!

We drove to see this site by the reservoir.

This gorgeous Douglas Fir is the biggest tree found in the Rio Grande National Forest .

Everything about it is large!

We took another near by hike and enjoyed some wild flowers like this pretty rose.

Words to remember!

Back to camp with time to enjoy another nice sunset.

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Poncha Pass and Salida, Colorado

There is the Travato on a hill on Poncha Pass – it is a level spot with a great view and the MINI Cooper is sitting behind it.

We walked a mile or so to O’Haver Lake which is quite pleasant. We hung out at the day use picnic tables but there is also a campground.

This aspen grove was quite dense and interesting.

This is the stone bridge for the turnoff to Marshall Pass road – 7 miles to the pass is a bit much for us to hike with the looming storm clouds.

Salida Fly In – a gorgeous morning and some very fine planes.

Some fun Russian nose art that we had not seen before.

The propellor is polished to such perfection that there are reflections!

Super Bee tail art – the nose looked like a cute smiling bumblebee.

Take off – we thought they were going to fly around in formation.

And maybe give us a bit of an airshow – but we didn’t see it.

There were also some beautiful old cars – this 1940 Buick in from Wyoming.

This was an original Colorado State truck that delivered the fish to stock the lakes – very nicely restored.

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Arkansas River Valley near Buena Vista, CO

We parked along the Numbers 4 section of the Arkansas River, north of Buena Vista, for a week.

Lots of rafters and kayaks – the water is running very nicely.

We walked up river to this area where a commercial photographer was set up to get lots of white water splash.

Our first evening we saw three big horn sheep rams – this guy is checking out the Ram ProMaster Travato! Like brothers. We watched him come down with the binocs.

It was very much fun to watch them forage – they were actually eating yucca blossoms. We read they were re-introduced in this area in 1980.

They kept trying to cross to the river but this would create a bit of a traffic jam with people stopping to take photos.

Our second night there was a group of five rams – then they must have found another place to explore.

We did a day hike up towards Cottonwood Pass to Hartenstein Lake – it was only a little over two miles but 1600 foot climb. We were too out of breath to take many pictures but got this nice one of the lake with Mt Yale during our picnic lunch.

This is the start of a hike in Brown’s Canyon National Monument – gorgeous scenery with granite boulders and the Collegiate Peaks.

Prickly poppies were in full bloom and a thunderstorm off in the valley kept us paying attention.

We walked to this overlook of the Arkansas River and saw a group  rafting Brown’s Canyon.

Time for a picnic lunch before the clouds close in on us.

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Independence Day Thoughts around Twin Lakes

This used to be Hunter Pass before Gold was discovered in them there hills. Leadville was already a boom town and this was the toll road to Aspen.

4 July 1879, three years after Colorado became the Centennial State, gold was found here at the base of Independence Mountain.

One of the famous people to live in Aspen, the John Denver Memorial Garden along the Roaring Fork river is a pleasant place to visit.

Colorado’s second official state song, since 2007 – probably because it seems like the most iconic. It has some pretty nice lyrics.

A good hiking song – Sunshine on My Shoulders.

Did you know the Colorado Trail is No. 1776 – how All American is that? We were on a hike to the Lily Ponds and some surrounding beaver ponds.

Our first wild columbines for the season. “Where The Columbines Grow” is the first official state song of Colorado, but hardly anyone knows the words.

These are the beaver ponds – we did not see any lilies.

The Haute Route: Mavic Rockies, a European ride’s only US route, rode right by our camp site. How cool is that!!!

We had our bikes on the MINI ready to do a shorter ride of our own. This group rode 102 miles from Avon to Snowmass, of which we were about the half way point.

Leadville is where many made their money on silver and it was the second largest city after Denver, in the day.

This Mineral Belt Trail is a great paved trail looping around the city. We stopped in to tour the Matchless Mine, where “Baby Doe” Tabor held on until her last breath – even tho the mine had not been producing $1,000 a day for quit a while.

Horace Tabor spent his earnings and built the Tabor Opera House (and also one in Denver) where we enjoyed the 101st Army Concert Band on their 80th Anniversary Tour. Very patriotic music. Our friends are very involved in the preservation of the Tabor Opera House.

On the 4th, we walked around Mt Elbert Forebay Reservoir. Wow – what a beautiful day! The 14er’s are La Plata to the left, Mt Elbert in the center and Mt Massive in the back on the right .

We created our own Fire Works and had a pleasant evening after our hamburgers and ice cream bars.

There was a lot of smoke in the air, not just from our fire but it gave a very eerie calmness to the night. We thought of rockets red glare giving proof that we are still here! We are sorry tho to hear that there are many wildfires in Colorado this season.

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Twin Lakes, San Isabel National Forest, Colorado

Above the Twin Lakes and above the Lake View Campground we saw this fantastic view. We are among the 14er’s – La Plata, Mt Elbert and Mt Massive!

Lucky lucky us as this was an open dispersed campsite! Lets boon-dock here for a while…

We entertained our friends for an afternoon of ice cream bars and conversation while soaking up the scenery.

We popped the cork to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays and just living the life. See the Western Wagon Blog for our RV friends parallel lives.

We had quite moments of reflection and relaxation.

We watched the days progress from calm to windy to colorful.

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Inter-laken Historic Site on Twin Lakes, CO

We are ready to hike to Historic Inter-laken Resort directly across the lake from our camp site.

Yikes! What an awesomely beautiful day! Enjoying the amazing reflections of  La Plata Peak, Mt Elbert and Mt Massive.

And the aspen grove along the shore.

This is the lodge that was moved 150 feet before the dam enlarged the glacial lake.

Dexter’s Cabin was lived in until 1950 and has been partially restored.

This is a 6 person privy from 1890 – we did not open a door!

We followed the trail to some other buildings in the resort.

The log detail of this stable structure was quite interesting – some very tall trees were felled for this structure.

Back on the trail, we will head to that grassy knoll for lunch.

Nice to share this spot with our full time RV friends, who came over from their camp near Aspen for the day.

We relaxed and looked back on our camp site on the hill across the lake.

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Lost Man Trail, Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness, White River National Forest

And this is the Roaring Fork River – the start of our hike off Independence Pass at 12,095′.

This is the funkiest bridge crossing but our feet stayed dry. See the Western Wagon Blog for each of our distinct bridge crossing styles!

STOP! Hold that pose. Dancing across the snow fields.

Well, will you just look at all that beauty.

Ephemeral streams with lots of wildflowers taking advantage of the moisture.

This reminded me of the patterns seen from our plane ride over Ft Collins.

Summit of panoramic Lost Man Pass (12,815-ft.) – we decided not to descend to the lake but turned around.

As it was so beautiful hiking up we still had plenty to enjoy.

Maybe we should sit awhile and soak up the ambience with some sunshine.

Enjoying Independence Lake.

Will that snow bridge over the stream hold the weight this man?

Yes it will – how fun is that!

Parting friends, our last shot of the Roaring Fork before relaxing at Difficult Campground, and a baked chicken dinner among the aspens. Another link to Western Wagon Blog

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