Monday, June 25, 2012

The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

This year the Bluegress Festival tickets sold out in record time.  I was able to get tickets for Thursday and that was really the only day I wanted to go in.  There were more people here than ever!

Bela Fleck and Chris Thile kicked off the fest with their version of Thelma & Louise.

We always stop in at Mama's Home Tie-Dyes for some cute clothes and have some fun hulu-hooping. We also stop at Sister's Pantry for wontons and dumplings.

Laura Marling recently toured many of the British Cathedrals.

Funny storyteller John Prine.

I was excited for Alison Krauss and Union Station.  Alison Krauss has won 27 Grammys, more than any single living person. My favorites were "Down to the River to Pray" and "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Next year the Bluegrass Festival will be a huge one since it will be the 40th. Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ptarmigan Lake

There are five Ptarmigan Lakes in Colorado, but this one is at the highest elevation at 12,939 feet above sea level, just below the summit of Imogene Pass on the Ouray County side.  We finally took the time to walk down to the lake yesterday.

The gate to this little road to the lake is usually closed and locked, but hiking is allowed.  There were some guys working at the lake, must have been working for the county, and they had plowed through the snow to get there.

We saw a few spiders running around in the snow. Garrett thought they were cool, but I think that's just wrong.

The miners apparently dumped their trash in this area.  There were rusted cans scattered all around.

Outside of Sneffels and Potosi Peak, I usually can't name all of the mountains in the area, but I did spot Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks.

That's Garrett ahead of us hiking back up to the Jeep. Garrett is about 6 feet tall now, so you can imagine how tall that wall of snow is.

Sunny Day For Imogene Pass

Yesterday we had a great time on Imogene Pass, super warm and the road on the San Miguel County side is in such good shape that we made it to the summit in less than an hour.

Even from this far away I could see that the flow of Bridal Veil Falls is much less than a couple of weeks ago.

Dry and sunny at the ghost town of Tomboy.

Marmot couple.

The summit sign is missing for some reason. It should be on the post in front of the motorcycle. 13,114 feet.

My favorite view of the Red Mountains. Red Mountain Pass, highway 550, is way down there. It's funny that when driving on Red Mountain Pass it seems you are way up in the mountains.

Camp Bird Mine.

Wilson Meadows Forgotten Photos

We all hiked to Wilson Meadows last week.  Here are a couple of cool shots!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hope Lake

Today was our first hike up to Hope Lake, way above Trout Lake.  The sign at the trailhead shows 3.5 miles, but it's actually only 2.5 miles to the first view of the lake.
The trail steadily climbs from 10,800 feet to the lake at 11,900 feet above sea level.

Looking over at the Wilsons and El Diente with Lizard Head Peak in the center.

Trout Lake comes into view.  Lizard Head and Wilson Peak are still seen on the left.

Big patch of snow with Vermilion Peak in the background.

Hope Lake with the pointy San Miguel Peak right of center.

Jay and Garrett hiked on up where the trail continues on to the South Mineral Creek Drainage on the Silverton side just to see what the other side looked like.  We are hoping to get over there to do the Ice Lakes hike this summer.

I'm in this photo, tiny down there in the green grass.

It was a warm day to spend the afternoon in the alpine tundra.  The snowpack in Colorado has melted too quickly this summer and we need rain pretty desperately in the entire state.  The one good thing is that the weather has been so nice to get out and hike.

There were a few shady places on the trail where we did have to hike through snow, though!