Friday, June 26, 2009

Best Telluride Winter Video Ever!!

Jay and I saw this video several times during the Mountainfilm Festival. Today my friend Steve Garufi from shared the link to the video on The Adventure Life. Click HERE to see the video, and be sure to have your sound turned up. You won't regret it! It only seemed fitting to post a snowy photo with a blog entry like this one! I've posted this before, but it's a great view from the top of Kids Hill.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Placer Gulch

After completing California Pass we had the option of driving to Animas Forks or taking the long way around through Placer Gulch. Since we have been to Animas so many times, we picked Placer Gulch even though it was pouring down rain the whole drive. I have read that this is a great location to see wildflowers, but it's still a little early in this area. The gulch is full of old mines, mills and buildings. If the weather had been better it would have been fun to explore the area a little more. I think this is the Sound Democrat Mill.
The gray building is the Treasure Mountain Mill. I couldn't get a good photo of Treasure Mountain due to the weather.
For the last two photos I used the Picasa "warmify" because I liked the effect it had on them.
Treasure Mountain Boardinghouse.
This waterfall was right by the road. Yes, we were listening to John Denver!! It was totally appropriate for the scenery.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hurricane Pass and Calfornia Pass/Gulch

The Corkscrew Gulch trail leads right onto Hurricane Pass. Last summer we did part of Hurricane Pass before it was open. The cloudy skies made the scenery look quite a bit different this time.
There are still huge walls of snow to drive through before reaching the summit. Hurricane is an easy trail, rated on the harder side of easy.
The summit sign must have been damaged in the winter. Jay found it laying on the ground. Hurricane Pass reaches an elevation of 12,407 feet.
View of Lake Como from the summit of Hurricane Pass.
Hurricane Pass leads right into California Pass. This is the point where Poughkeepsie Gulch begins, a difficult trail that Jay wants to drive.
As you can see, Poughkeepsie is still snowed in.
I can't imagine what the story is behind this!
Summit of California Pass, elevation 12,930 feet.
Savanna is trying to catch some hail here. It hailed on us for a couple of minutes at the summit.
We walked up the steep hill behind the summit sign, and when I reached the top I saw Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks. It felt like running into friends that I hadn't seen in a long time.
Zoomed in view of Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Uncompahgre. It is still weird to think about Jay and Garrett standing on top of Uncompaghre last year.
I'm sure the view of Lake Como from California Pass is much better when it isn't dark and cloudy.
Descending into California Gulch.
We had seen someone hiking through the snow in the gulch. I assume this is his camp. Looks like a great place for tent camping.
At the bottom of the gulch we stopped to decide which way we wanted to go from there. A couple drove up to us from Placer Gulch asking if the way we came from would take them back to Silverton. I just happened to be taking a video!

Corkscrew Gulch

This year Jay and I decided to drive the Jeep trails that we have never been on before. Imogene and Black Bear Passes are still closed, so this week seemed like a good time to head for the trails near Ouray and Silverton. We began Corkscrew Gulch about 7.7 miles from Ouray up highway 550 at the sign for Idarado Mining. This is the best place to start if planning to go further on to more of the trails that connect to Corkscrew. The clouds had moved in and luckily we didn't get rained on during the drive over Corkscrew. The trail is easy, but can become difficult when muddy. There are some steep switchbacks and since the mud can become like clay, this can make the trail more difficult.
Corkscrew winds around in between Red Mountains 1 and 2. I'm surprised we haven't driven on this trail before since I do love the Red Mountains so much!
There is nothing like Jeeping up into the alpine tundra!!
Garrett was with us this time!! He hates to have his picture taken for some reason.
I didn't take very many photos of the road, but it is an easy trail and relatively wide. We descended into the Gladstone area.
I should mention Corkscrew is only 4.8 miles long and only takes about 30 minutes, but is well worth the trip!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bluegrass Festival Fun for Kids

Most of my best photos at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival were taken while doing activities with my kids. Savanna and Maralee loved this huge Connect Four game. It was so tall that Maralee had to have some help.
Savanna trying to keep us cool.
Jugglers' Grove.
Savanna learning to juggle.
Maralee decorating a hoola-hoop.
Clown getting everyone in line for the children's parade.
Everyone was lined up and ready for the children's parade, when the clown announced something that no parent wanted to hear, "The band has decided to play an encore. Do you know what that means?" I said, "That means we have to wait." HAHA!!
This photo looks like total chaos, but it is actually us parading through the Bluegrass crowd.
I just liked the way this huge musical note looked next to Ajax Peak.
Kids group photo.
I finally figured out how to get videos from my new camera to the computer. This is a great one of Savanna.