Such beautiful obstacles, Spring Pasque Flowers, they sure can hamper a hikers progress along Sutton Mine Trail. It's just one of many car-free adventures Lovely Ouray offers up to residents and tourists alike. This year's crop of Pasque Flowers is bumper and defies our unusually dry spring. "Mother" is a mystery sometimes.
Bobbie and I enjoyed having the entirety of Sutton Mine Trail all to ourselves. We squandered four hours lolygaging through passels of Pasque Flowers, photographing, picnicking and ogling Bear Creek's precipitous falls.
One odd thing, Sutton Mine Trail takes you to Neosho Mine. I know, weird. The trail dead ends cross-canyon from the Million Dollar Highway a ways past Bear Creek's cross-canyon falls. There are a couple of mine shacks that have Designated Historical Landmark status, one of which has a completely restored exterior. Since this building is in plain view of travelers along the Million Dollar Highway it has become a prank/tradition for locals to carry articles of clothing to hang on a clothes line next to the mine shack... as if someone was living there. It baffles tourists; from the highway it looks impossible to get over there, let alone live there.
The mine it's self has a couple of propped up outbuildings and a small rail ore car sitting on the edge of tailings pile. I couldn't imagine living on such a steep slope... being hemmed to a sliver of a bench. Then I remembered I live on just such a bench. Thank God our's has a driveway.
Just another day in paradise... spending time like it's the last day of vacation.
|Bobbie, shooting reference photos of Pasque Flowers for watercolors|
|Bear Creek Falls and the Million Dollar Highway|
|Artifacts from the past... I wonder what kind of elixir was in the medicine bottle in the upper right hand corner?|