One column deadline met, one more to go; then it starts all over again next month. I think it's the finality of the name "deadline" more than anything that makes me anxious. Makes me wonder about its origin...did they use to kill writers if their work was a tad late?
The lead photo was taken on Dallas Divide. Designer Ralph Loren owns most of the land on the south side of the highway 62 between Ridgway and the Divide—nearly 17,000 pristine and beautiful acres of wilderness at the foot of Mount Sneffels—all part of his sprawling Double R L Ranch. The Double R L is a real working cattle ranch with real tobacco spitting cowboys. My days as a Maintenance Man there were fraught with working out in the cold and snow with numb hands and feet. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times (sigh).
The next two photos are the last from my Dallas Divide/Last Dollar Road excursion; I really got carried away by the surly weather and fall color :)
Below is a Denver Digital Library photo of the Denver and Rio Grande train that ran from the old townsite of Dallas to Telluride from the late 1800's to the mid 1900's...right past the old ranch house in the lead photo.
|Note the big snowplow on the front of the steam engine...|
I rushed back to Ridgway and picked Bobbie up from her Arts Council meeting, all animated by the Glory of fall and the western legacies that abound in our neck of the woods. We were headed home to work on loading up Goldie, but just outside Lovely Ouray Sue Bee hung a left on County Road 14. Darn that girl, anyway :) Another mud trek ensued, but worth every car wash quarter as it climbed up past Lake Lenore and into some nice stands of aspen and spruce. The road was untracked...ours and ours alone.
|Heading back down...|
|Somewhere in the clouds White House Mountain hides away...|
|It's a tad brisk with the Moonroof open...but necessary for the vertical views|
|Heading back to The Crevice...|
Just another day in Paradise... it sure beats Margaritaville.