Apr 13, 2016Limited, anyone with the link
Photo: OK, it's an old photo, but a trip down 285 always starts with lunch at Hog Heaven: http://tinyurl.com/zjhqr8a
Photo: The Sangre de Cristos and the N end of the San Luis Valley. It was a crystal clear day.
Photo: Cottonwood Pk (13,588'), behind Valley View. I've climbed it two different routes from VVHS years ago--don't know that I'm up for it now.
Photo: Country Road GG to VVHS. Folks have been putting boots on fence posts for years--some of them are rotting away. Want a pair of red ski boots--here. Farther there are purple Crocs....
Photo: Chamisa and yucca at campsite I.
Photo: Looking NW up the valley from my campsite.
Photo: Time for a nice afternoon bike ride to the Orient Mine. The road passes through some good stands of Gambel oaks which have lots of bright orange lichen.
Photo: Orient Mine. No bats yet--that is June, when 250,000 bats arrive to summer in the old access shaft.
Photo: The next day I hiked up Hot Springs Canyon. The first signs of spring--lupine coming awake.
Photo: Winter quarter of voles.
Photo: I've noticed this tree for years when hiking here. I always read it as 1933, the year the Orient Mine was finally shut down. This time I looked more closely and realized it is 1935.
Photo: Around the tree--a horse.
Photo: The old fence marks the boundary from BLM land to Nat'l Forest.
Photo: The next day some storms started cranking up in the afternoon. VVHS is a great place to watch storms!
Photo: Moving over Villa Grove. This one went to the N of VVHS--just a few sprinkles at camp.
Photo: After this one, an even bigger one moved across from Saguache and passed to the S. Again only sprinkles at camp. No photos of that one, but here is a beauty from 1998--remember film? http://jones.colorado.edu/storm.jpg
Photo: After the storm moved on.
Photo: A view to the S over VVHS.