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Monday, August 31, 2015

Denny CreekTrail - Buena Vista, Colorado

Drove ten minutes of Buena Vista this morning and picked out a trail called Denny Creek Trail

notice the bushes are starting to change colors.

The main trail from this trail goes to the top of Mt. Yale. 

Mt.Yale is over 14, 100 ft. Don't worry. We are not that ambitious. We are going to stroll up the creek.
The beginning of the trail is a steady steep incline with lots of rocks

finally some level, easy walking ground!

The trail follows this creek

and a sign of fall; it was 55 degrees during our hike in late August :)

This rotting log has decayed enough to give life anew to other things. (click on any picture to enlarge)

and more climbing
and bridges to cross; well, more like balance beams :)

some crossings only require stepping on stones to cross

We will be going straight.
and up of course

Last day of August and you still see snow patches on the Continental Divide.

Getting high enough out of the valley and trees to start having vistas

Taking a break after 2.5 miles

I've picked out this blue spruce for my Christmas tree this year

Mount Princeton is in the background.

Storm clouds are starting to gather, so will have to cut this hike short...going down a bit earlier than we that lake was right around the corner too!!  Darn the weather.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just a Sunday Drive: Tennessee Pass, Camp Hale, Red Cliff, Shrine Pass

Leaving Leadville on Hwy 24 towards Tennessee Pass

Tennessee Pass is near Old Camp Hale , a military training post from World War II that enabled training for forces to have "real" mountain experience.  The 10th suffered heavy casualties during the PoValley Campaign in Italy.

You can read more about Camp the pic...they still use some of the area for training today.

There are some remains of Camp Hale

some foundation remains of their entertainment hall

back on the road

Everywhere you go here, is "pull over: let me take a picture"

Aspens let you know that fall is not too far to see

A detour off the main road now...heading into a town called Red Cliff

Looks like it has seen its better days some time ago

Heading out of Red Cliff on a dirt road, well, really it is half rock.

Don't think we will get out of the car, thank you

At the summit of Shrine Pass

Shrine Pass takes you to I 70 just east of Vail ; looking towards Denver...we haven't seen an interstate in a month!