Top of the Rockies......Buena Vista & Leadville, Co

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U.S. 285 heading south out of Denver toward Buena Vista.....coming down from Kenosha Pass into a huge high prairie. The last time we were here we were
U.S. 285 heading south out of Denver toward Buena Vista.....coming down from Kenosha Pass into a huge high prairie. The last time we were here we were
Just watching the world go by.
Just watching the world go by.
The mountains are to our west and north. Some are 14'ers.
The mountains are to our west and north. Some are 14'ers.
Mt Princeton, the view from our door in Buena Vista. Not bad.
Mt Princeton, the view from our door in Buena Vista. Not bad.
Buena Vista sunset.
Buena Vista sunset.
We were sitting waiting for a balloon glow.......
We were sitting waiting for a balloon glow.......
but it was too windy. So i only got clouds.
but it was too windy. So i only got clouds.
Agnes waterfall, some dirt road heading west from BV.
Agnes waterfall, some dirt road heading west from BV.
Me! resting. We came to Buena vista for a balloon festival but too windy so we wandered dirt roads into the mountains.
Me! resting. We came to Buena vista for a balloon festival but too windy so we wandered dirt roads into the mountains.
An easy hike. Waterfalls or summits.......both make good hikes.
An easy hike. Waterfalls or summits.......both make good hikes.
St. Elmos, supposedly a ghost town above Buena Vista, but there are people living there. ???
St. Elmos, supposedly a ghost town above Buena Vista, but there are people living there. ???
These were fun.
These were fun.
A series of four short tunnels just outside of Buena Vista alongside the Arkansas River.
A series of four short tunnels just outside of Buena Vista alongside the Arkansas River.
No idea why....just there on the dirt road.
No idea why....just there on the dirt road.
Another dirt road to explore......up Clear Creek.
Another dirt road to explore......up Clear Creek.
Clear Creek Reservoir...... I am not sure which 14'er lies ahead.
Clear Creek Reservoir...... I am not sure which 14'er lies ahead.
Look at the road way up ahead......no. We are not going there!
Look at the road way up ahead......no. We are not going there!
Aftermath of an avalanche. We saw bunches of these. wow. Everything in the way went.....including an old house in one place.
Aftermath of an avalanche. We saw bunches of these. wow. Everything in the way went.....including an old house in one place.
Look there is that road again way up there. Winfield, ghost town in Collegiate Peaks.
Look there is that road again way up there. Winfield, ghost town in Collegiate Peaks.
I keep finding that road.
I keep finding that road.
More of ghost town and its world.
More of ghost town and its world.
Clear Creek meadow.
Clear Creek meadow.
Mt. Elbert, highest peak in Colorado, second highest in continental U.S., Twin Lakes below on the way to Independence Pass.
Mt. Elbert, highest peak in Colorado, second highest in continental U.S., Twin Lakes below on the way to Independence Pass.
We will circle the lake and drive up that valley on the far side.
We will circle the lake and drive up that valley on the far side.
More Mt. Elbert.
More Mt. Elbert.
Going up.....we go around the bend and end up on the top over to the right.
Going up.....we go around the bend and end up on the top over to the right.
Looking back.
Looking back.
and looking down!
and looking down!
Here we are at the top. It was cold!
Here we are at the top. It was cold!
And lots of snow underfoot. Some were skiing down to the next road level.
And lots of snow underfoot. Some were skiing down to the next road level.