Saturday, August 23, 2008

Leadville, Colorado

The town of Leadville sits at an elevation of 10,152 feet, which sure makes for some chilly camping. We camped for two nights starting August 17, 2008, and the temperature dropped into the 30's both nights. We stayed at the Sugar Loafin’ Campground which is owned and ran by a very nice family. The man that runs the campground dipped the ice cream at the evening ice cream social, and then his mother who started the camp some 40 years ago showed a slideshow of different photos around Leadville and told of the turquoise mining done at the nearby Turquoise Lake.
The kids were excited that the campground had a playground.
Our tent site was surrounded by pine trees.
Garrett was getting the fire going. I think we ate enough smores on this trip to last a lifetime. We did try a new twist on our usual smore by putting peanut butter on the graham cracker. It was yummy!
Savanna and Maralee kept climbing up this huge rock that was near our tent site. I must have told them to get down 500 times.
One of the hummingbirds at the feeder in front of the camp general store.
Turquoise Lake is absolutely beautiful and was just a short drive from the campground.
This chipmunk kept watching us. He was near a picnic table and must hang around there begging for food for a living.
We walked around town for awhile and it barely sprinkled on us even though the clouds look like a downpour would start at any moment.
The view from town of Mount Massive, elevation 14,421 feet, Colorado's second highest peak.
I really liked this painting on the side of a building.
I had to take a picture of the Doc Holliday’s Bar and Grill sign since Tombstone is one of my favorite movies. I read a short story about Doc Holliday when we were in one of the shops. I guess I knew that he died at the age of 35, but it really seemed significant reading that this time since I have now passed that age.
Garrett at the Leadville skatepark. The kids didn't bring their skateboards on this trip mainly because we didn't have room for them, and we didn't know we would actually be at a place they could use them. Garrett said he wanted to go to Wal-Mart to buy a cheap skateboard, but just like Telluride and every other historic district, there's no Wal-Mart in Leadville (thank goodness).
This is a shot of Mount Elbert as we headed south out of Leadville. Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado at an elevation of 14,443 feet. Our friend Steve hiked Mount Elbert this summer and if you are interested, you can read his trip report here.

1 comment:

julie said...

Great group of photos! Looks like a wonderful trip!