Monarch Mountain Lodge
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... for our evening stroll, we happened onto a few pinyon pines near the road/trail. Upon closer exploration, we discovered the pine cones were just now releasing the pinyon seeds in which are the pine nuts we all buy in the grocery store. We began to try to harvest them from the cones, quickly filling our hands with the seeds as well as the accompanying sticky pitch. After gathering a bunch of seeds, we walked back ...
... our GPS. The valleys were dotted with log cabins and chalets and the mountains were covered in fir trees and autumnal aspens. The latter really do appear to shimmer, as their small golden leaves
quiver with even the slightest breeze. Soon after, we reached a high, dry plateau surrounded by mountains but without many trees and with poor-looking soil. It wasn’t what I had imagined, and it lasted until we gently crossed another highish pass ...
... of thousand feet and ascended to Molas Pass at 10,910 ft. Then we dropped a couple of thousand feet again and ascended to the top of Red Mountain Pass at 11,108 ft before dropping back down to 9300 ft and the town of Silverton. All this happened over the 48 miles between Durango and Silverton. This is the path to cross the San Juan Mountains that was started as a toll road back in the 1880's.
Evidently, crossing the San Juan Mountains were ...
Thursday, July 30 Today we rode the motorcycle 8 miles down a dirt road to Tin Cup, a historic little town known for its silver mines back in the old days. It's very small and there's not much there, but it was a fun ride. We were here many years ...
... on this trip. On our way up, we came across a rather unfortunate traffic jam. Both lanes were blocked, a helicopter was landing in the middle of the road, and in came Search and Rescue. Apparently there was a climbing accident, so we pulled off the road into the nearest parking lot to wait it out.
The nearest parking lot happened to be a rafting company. We walked around for a few, then decided what the hell, worth a shot. We went in and asked if they had ...