Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top Christmas Gifts 2010 - The Best of the Best!

Since the Phish shows in Broomfield, Colorado we have been up in Alma at some friends working on our collection of Top 10 Gift Ideas Squidoo pages. Christmas is just around the corner so I have added many new gift ideas as well as new categories to our Christmas Gifts guide including great Gifts for Him and nice Gifts for Her for the Christmas 2010 shopping season. Surprisingly the Christmas Gifts Lens rose to the top spot on the Squidoo Top 100. I am very grateful for such good fortune, we are getting 5,000 to 10,000 visits per day and it's going up fast. Of course we have more Top 10 Gift pages such as our Green Gifts, highlighting a wonderful selection of eco-friendly gifts, it's hovering aroung the top ten on Squidoo. Plus, I have been updating Boys Gifts featuring the top gifts for boys, Girls Gifts and even expensive Luxury Gifts for that special someone in your life. I have been putting "elevators" on my pages which are quick links up and down the gift shopping page. They help visitors navigate up and down our gift ideas shopping pages.
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Mining in Leadville Colorado

leadvile, colorado
Today we are mining in Leadville Colorado. Actually we are digging through old tailings piles looking for any interesting rock and mineral samples. After stopping by the Rock Hut in Leadville we headed up 7th street past the old Matchless Mine into the big basin where they did much of the mining in Leadville. We poked around the old abandoned mines and tailings piles for a couple of days. There's not much to be found laying around on the surface anymore, it's been picked clean by previous collectors, but once we started digging in some of the tailings piles we started turning up some nice mineral specimens including quite a few iron pyrite (fools gold) samples.
the rock hut in leadville

jack in leadville colorado
Downtown Leadville, CO

jack in the rock hut in leadville
jack on mine tailings pile in leadville
Jack Digging in a Tailings Pile

leadville mining district
Old Leadville Mining District

looking out of old cabin in leadville
Looking Out from Old Building
rustic wooden plank with knots
Old Weathered Barn Wood

tin roof rusted
Rusty old Corrugated Metal

jack looking at mineral specimines at the Rock Shop in Leadville
Jack at The Rock Shop in Leadville, CO
joe and large ass avacados
Joe at the supermarket in Leadville

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lovely Double Rainbow Fall Colors in Colorado

Colorado double rainbow during fall colors

It is fall and we are in Colorado rockhounding at the old Clara May mine in the Pike National Forest, and an unexpected rain shower popped up out of nowhere. We ran to the van for cover and I grabbed the Canon SX210 IS compact digital camera and as the rain shower passed it left a lovely double rainbow in it's wake. It was particularly beautiful as it highlighted the autumn colors of Colorado.

Jack and Flowski in Colorado rainbow
Jack and I with a rainbow.
jack and joe rainbow colorado
Jack and Joe
jack and colorado rainbow
Rainbow behind Jack
actual rainbow close-up photo
Rainbow Close-up
real colorado rainbow
Vivid Rainbow Colors
rainbow van and easy-up
Rainbow in Camp

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Como, Colorado

Como, Colorado

After driving over the Continental Divide via Boreas Pass from Breckenridge, Colorado we came down into the small town of Como. It's an old railroad town dating back to the 1800's, in fact the old railroad roundhouse is still standing in Como. It's a cute old western town with a unique personality thanks to rustic old log cabins and wagons and such.
Roundhouse Como, Colorado
The Railroad Roundhouse in Como
log cabin in como colorado
Log Cabin in Como, Colorado

old wooden wagon in como colorado
Old Wagon in Como, CO

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Boreas Pass Fall Colors

Boreas Pass rock road cut
We are driving from Breckenridge Colorado to Como, Colorado along the old railroad route known as Boreas Pass. Because most of the route was a railroad grade back in the day, It's a very gradual grade that's relatively easy to climb in a standard passenger car. The scenery is spectacular and although the aspens are past their peak, the colors will be nice nonetheless.

joe and jack at breckenridge scenic overlook
Jack and Joe
breckenridge waiting for snow
Fall Breckenridge Colorado
breckenridge from boreas pass

USFS sign at Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass Trailhead
trailhead parking area at Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass Parking
breckenridge no snow
scenic view from boreas pass
Scenic Mountain View from Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass Rd.
Boreas Pass
scenic colorado vista
Scenic View from Boreas Pass
pike national forest sign
Pike National Forest Sign
pike national forest 33 sign
Pike National Forest Road 33
Top of Boreas Pass Sign
Boreas Pass Summit Elevation 11,482"
Boreas Pass Road
Smooth road,  but NO guard rails!
fall colors on Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass Lovely Autumn Aspen Colors

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Cottonwood Pass Fall 2010

We are taking Cottonwood Pass from Buena Vista Colorado over the Continental Divide to Gunnison. It's early October and the fall colors on Cottonwood pass are absolutely gorgeous this time of the year. Cottonwood pass is paved to the top but only on the eastern or Buena Vista side, it is not paved on the Gunnison side and it can get a little rough.

cottonwood pass colorado warning sign
Rough Road Ahead
van on cottonwood pass
The van on Cottonwood Pass Colorado
fall colors on cottonwood pass in colorado
The gate on Cottonwood Pass in Colorado
cottonwood pass warning sign
A warning sign for drivers on Cottonwood Pass
scenic view from cottonwood pass
Scenic view on Cottonwood Pass
continental divide sign at top of cottonwood pass
The Sign at the top of Cottonwood Pass
looking out at the view on cottonwood pass in colorado
People sightseeing at the top of the pass.
small alpine lake at the top of cottonwood pass in colorado
The Lake at the top of Cottonwood Pass
top of cottonwood pass in colorado
Parking at the top of the Pass
mountain view from cottonwood pass
Gorgeous Mountain Vista from Cottonwood Pass 
winding road down cottonwood pass
The west side of Cottonwood Pass snaking down the mountain.
stage stop meadows on cottonwood pass
Stage Stop Meadows on Cottonwood Pass
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