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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Over Red Mountain and Through The Woods to Silverton...

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns. George Eliot

Bobbie and I decided to give Kelli and Arianne's legs a break with a few strolls around the neighborhood. So, it was off to take in Crystal Lake's mountain reflections, then over to Silverton for pizza and beer at the Avalanche Brewery followed by a stroll through their neck of the woods.

Unfortunately, Crystal Lake (our "Walden Pond) was not in a reflective mood, as chilly north wind wrinkled her "mirror." But the foliage had peaked. Sadly, it's all downhill from here :(

Kelli loves autumn!!!

The gals appreciated a level trail... 

Stress relief for the Bride to be...

We took a little four wheel drive detour to show Arianne some gold mining ruins. Petroleous Rex was up to the task.

Inspecting the Yankee Girl head frame 

Deserted and derelict ruins from bygone boom and bust days of gold mining. Beautiful!

We walked off our beer and pizza on Cemetery Hill above Silverton. Kelli was a little tipsy from the 8% "Breakfast Stout," brewed with Bacon, Coffee, and Chocolate. And yes, it was very tasty... You can't go wrong with those ingredients

The cemetery was full of miners, pioneer women, and babies whose lives were cut short by avalanches, childbirth, and illness.  

Anna, wife of Albert Brendal, Died age 35


  1. Those brilliant Aspens are definitely making me miss the West. Always love your autumn pics. CO knows how to put on a good show too.


  2. We drove that highway 2 summers ago. BEAUTIFUL! I would love to return! We actually saw a grizzly bear eating a dead deer by the side of the road. We stopped the car (didn't get out) and took a couple of quick photos before quietly moving on. LOTS of elk up there!
    ~Cheryl Ann~

  3. Those pictures were stress relief for these two "geezers" in Santa Rosa. There is no place on the planet we want to be but right there under those Aspens in the Uncomphagre Nat'l Forrest.....the Crystal Reservoir views, well you can't dream of a more beautiful Fall scene than that.
    Counting the days....
    Stay Thirsty and have a wonderful Wedding celebration on Oct lst.

  4. OMG! Those are just wonderful photos. 550 from Ridgeway to Durango is the most scenic route in America in my book.

  5. Beautiful as always Mark. Love the cemetery pics...

  6. Wow. The colors are stupendous. Hard to realize it's already peak color time there. Things have barely begun to change here in lower Michigan. Love the photos. How beautiful.

  7. Visiting beautiful Out at today! We are staying in Ridgway doing a workshop, but I couldn't pass by without saying hello! It is as beautiful as I expected from watching your blog...

  8. i always enjoy logging on to enjoy your blog

  9. Don't you just love Silverton!!!!!!!?? It may be my favorite area in the USA so far.


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