Showing posts with label Colorado. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colorado. Show all posts

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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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

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Rockhounding in Colorado

jack clara may mine colorado
The Wall
We are just outside Buena Vista Colorado and we are looking for pretty rocks. After consulting the book Colorado Rockhounding we decided to see what we could find at the Clara May mine in the Pike National Forest of Colorado. Supposedly there is rose quartz here, potentially Jasper, plus a few other semi-precious minerals.
camp at the mine
The camping spot at the mine
tourmaline samples from the clara may mine in colorado
More chunks of tourmaline
van at camping spot
The van in the Camp spot
white quartz on the hill up to clara may mine
White Quartz
prickly pear cactus colorado
Prickly Pear Cactus
The view from the mine
jack on the wall at the clara may mine
Jack perched up on the wall mining
tourmaline at te clara may mine
Tourmaline in feldspar
mica at the clara may mine
Black Mica
rose quartz from the clara may mine
Rose Quartz
3 piece tourmaline bar
A chunk of black tourmaline
3 piece tourmaline
The chunk we extracted from the wall
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Colors Weston Pass in Colorado

weston pass colorado
If your in South Park Colorado and you want to go to Leadville just several miles away as the crow flies, be prepared for a long drive all the way around the mountain range, or you can take the short cut through the Pike National Forest up and over the pass. The most well known pass is 13,185' Mosquito Pass but that requires 4-wheel drive and we just have a van. So we opted for the lesser known vehicular pass to the South, the old stage coach road called Weston Pass. The east side of Weston Pass is much better maintained than the west side.

narrow rough road weston pass colorado
Weston Pass is a fairly rough road
fall colors weston pass colorado
sign at the top of weston pass in colorado
fall colors on weston pass in colorado
fall aspen leaves in full color colorado
gold aspen trees on weston pass in colorado
winding weston pass in colorado
stream weston pass colorado
aspen panorama weston pass colorado
weston pass colorado
reddish aspen leaves
weston pass scenic vista
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