Big Meadows Hike

Our time here in South Fork, Colorado, is much too quickly coming to an end. We have so enjoyed our time here, and we are going to sorely miss our new friends, Ken and Tricia, and all the good times we have had with them. But, we’re making plans to get together again somewhere in our travels. They both love to hike, and fish, as much as we do, and I swear we have never laughed so much in our lives as we have this past month with them.

Ken does beautiful wood carving work. In addition to the old world Santa carving he made for us, he also carved these beautiful old world walking sticks for us. They just need another couple of coats of oil on them and they will be ready to use. Can’t thank him enough for making these for us.

 

We’ve fished many times with Ken and Tricia at Big Meadows Lake, but yesterday morning, we did the 2 1/2 – 3 mile hike around the lake. Such a beautiful, peaceful, place to fish and/or hike. Take note of the dead trees seen in this picture. That is caused by a bark beetle that has destroyed so many trees in and around Colorado. Such a sad thing to see.

This young deer hangs out around the lake and isn’t really afraid of people.

It never did run away, just turned to see what I was doing as I approached it to take the pictures.

Something about a red boat sitting on the shoreline that speaks to me. Just had to take a picture of this one.

Not all the trees have been affected by the bark beetles, many of them are still strong and beautiful, like this one with baby pine cones all over it.

Around every bend of the trail is another beautiful view of the lake.

Some areas of the trail are hidden, and some are right out in the open. Both are equally beautiful to me.

We saw lots of these bushes with big, red,

and white berries on them. Not sure if they are edible, or if they are ripe when they are red or white, and I wasn’t going to try them to find out… 🙂

Somewhere around this area of the hike, I stopped to take a picture of some purple and yellow flowers, lost my balance, and fell face first on the trail. Had I stepped back 2 inches, I would have gone over a cliff. Lucky for me I was able to get my hands out to catch my fall so I didn’t hit my face, but boy, are my shoulders sore!!

I have been looking for a Moose since we landed here in South Fork but haven’t seen one yet. I keep being told that they hang out in wet, marshy, areas like this… but still, no Moose here…

This pretty black and white butterfly landed on the yellow flower just as I snapped the picture.

These pretty purple flowers are called monkshood. They are everywhere around this area.

These green and yellow plants are called corn lily, and they are abundant throughout the area as well.

Sure going to miss these two great, fun-loving, people.

I just hate saying goodbyes, so I won’t! I’ll just say thank-you for a fun-filled month in beautiful South Fork, Colorado. Until we meet again!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of our hike around Big Meadows Lake. I haven’t been able to do as many blog posts as I would have liked because the internet here in the high mountains is sketchy at best.

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Beautiful Colorado Wildflowers

Oh, my, I don’t even know if I have the words to express how I really feel about all the beautiful scenery we have seen, and the fun we are having here in South Fork, Colorado. The day after we arrived, our neighbors, and now new friends, Ken and Patricia, parked right next door to us, and we almost immediately struck up a friendship. They are from Alabama, but have spent time in South Fork, Colorado. So they know the area well. They love to fish, and hike, just as much as we do, and they have taken us under their wings, and shown us places to fish and hike that we would not have known about if not for them taking us to visit all these beautiful places.

Yesterday, we left our campsites at 8:00 a.m. and spent the whole day driving through the most beautiful countryside on our way to see the wildflowers in full bloom. This first picture was taken off the side of the road of a steep mountain we had to drive up in order to see the wildflowers.

Even though, we had to drive up a very narrow mountain road, where you had to pull over as far as you could if you encountered another car coming down the mountain, the beautiful wildflowers, and surrounding mountains, were well worth the adventurous trip up the mountain. I will let the next few pictures speak for themselves.

My new friend, Patricia, studies wildflowers and birds, and she could identify almost every wildflower, and almost every bird we saw.

Patricia told me this is the Colorado state flower, the columbine flower. Isn’t it pretty?

Everywhere we looked, we saw a field of beautiful wildflowers.

When we came back down the mountain, after spending ample time with the wildflowers, Ken and Patricia took us to a place where we had a delicious pizza. Then we move on to see the North Clear Creek Falls. Oh, wow! Another hidden treasure we would most likely have overlooked, had we not crossed paths with Ken and Patricia.

After a fun-filled day of seeing a small glimpse, of what Mother Nature has to offer in this area of South Fork, Colorado, we headed home. We arrive home at about 5:30 p.m. Then we sat out on Ken and Patricia’s covered patio, and had happy hour before we called it a day/night.

A BIG thank-you to Ken and Patricia for spending so much quality time with us, and showing us things in this area that we wouldn’t have known about if not for them.

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Exploring Creede, And Last Chance Mine

We have been having so much fun here in South Fork, Colorado. Our next door neighbors, and now friends, and fishing buddies, Patricia and Ken, are from Alabama, but come here in the summer, and they know all about this area, and have taken us under their wing to show us around.

They drove us to Creede, Colorado. OMG, what a beautiful area. This is my kind of place. I will let some of the pictures speak for themselves.

Well, if the adorable shops in Creede were not enough to knock your socks off, they were also having an arts and crafts fair on the day we were there.

After we looked in all the shops, and visited the art fair, we continued on the “bachelor loop” drive,

where we visited old mining claims, and even found one for sale…

Bill took a look inside, but decided this was not anything we would be interested in buying..

I didn’t find this sign too inviting if I was going to be interested in making an offer on the place… 🙂

Moving on from the old mining claim, we continued up, way up, the mountain to visit the last chance silver and  semi-precious gemstone mine. The views from the top of the mountain were spectacular to say the least…

The next few pictures are what you will see when you first arrive at the last chance mine.

This next picture shows the summer home of the people that own and run the mine.

This is a picture of the sitting porch they built. Our new friends, Patricia and her husband, Ken, walked right on out there so I could take their picture. I wasn’t about to go out on that limb. No way, I’m afraid of heights. Ha!

This is the jewelry shop you have to go into if you want to shop for any rings, earrings, necklaces etc. made from the silver and semi-precious gems mined here. The man who owns the mine makes the jewelry and his wife runs the jewelry shop. To get into the jewelry shop, you have to walk across that long, tin walkway, that has a shaky wooden floor that you can see through, and right down the side of the mountain. I mean this thing is scary, and as you can see, it’s being held up on stilts and some cables…

I wasn’t thrilled to go into that shaky building, but my friend, Patricia, told me she wasn’t either the first time she came to this place, but once she was inside and looking at all the pretty jewelry, she forgot all about the fact that this building was hanging off the side of a mountain.

Well, Patricia talked me into going in and taking a look around, and she was right… They have some beautiful jewelry. As a reward for my bravery of going into the shaky building, I bought this silver and amethyst ring. I love it! Some say “Amethyst stones are natural stress relievers with healing properties that rid negative energy and encourage inner strength, wealth, and clarity of the mind” I guess we’ll see about that! 🙂

 

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