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Clattertruck

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The San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado are my favorite place in my home state. The mountains are rugged and are laced with brilliant color during spring, summer and fall. Early miners found some of the worlds richest silver and gold deposits in these stunning mountains. I visited The Ridgway-Ouray-Telluride area in mid August for a short time. My friends Steve and Vonna were with me in their TC. Here are a few photos of the trip:

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We like the Dutch Charlie CG at Ridgway State Park. There were several other TCs in Loop D. I had a pull through because I towed my Jeep Rubicon.

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Loop D has a nice view of 14,150 ft Mount Sneffels.

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The first morning we headed for the Camp Bird Road that goes up Canyon Creek from Ouray. Initially it is an easy road until it gets closer to Yankee Boy Basin.

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The shelf road is a bit scary for flatlanders who are not accustomed to mountain back country.

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Fall Creek

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The site of the Camp Bird Mine today gives no indication of the size of the fabulous mill and mines.

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Camp Bird in 1904. The mine produced vast wealth for owner Tom Walsh who became known as one of the richest men in the world. His Daughter, Evalyn married Ned McLean whose father owned the Washington Post. While on honeymoon, the newlyweds bought the Hope Diamond. Evalyn Walsh McLean had quite a reputation as a wild character.

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Camp bird from the Imogene Pass Road.

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Mendota Mt. from the Revenue Mine site at the site of the town of Sneffles.

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Atlas Mill

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Atlas Mill in 1904.

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Stony Mt.

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Governors Basin Road

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St. Sophia Ridge above Governor Basin. The basin had the Governor, the Mountain Top, the Humboldt, and the Virginius Mines

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In Yankee Boy Basin there are Twin Falls on Sneffels Creek.

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I made this image in 1971. I wanted to duplicate it this year, but my old knees don’t allow me to get down the steep hill anymore.

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Teakettle and Potosi peaks

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Steve sets up tripod for photos

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Traffic can be heavy at times.


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On our way down we looked at the last remaining structure at Camp Bird, The superintendants home.

* This post was edited 08/21/09 10:30am by Clattertruck *


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Beautiful pics, on tap for next year on the Bike.

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Wow! What great pictures! I guess I have added another place to head out to. Thanks for sharing it all with us!


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Posted: 08/21/09 10:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love the San Juan Mountains area. We try to go at least once a year. Great pics.

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Beautiful Pics, thanks for posting them. Colorado is one of the states we have not yet visited. It's on our list if the $ can be saved in this economy, and my health holds up. Thanks again Jerry


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Amazing the difference in picture quality from the 1971 (vibrant colors, depth of field) and the digital camera pictures (which are really, really, really good, but not Kodachrome quality)

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Posted: 08/21/09 11:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fantastic - great narrative and beautiful pictures. I need to get out more!


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Great pictures, thanks for sharing


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Cool photos; thanks for posting. We hope to get up to Governor Basin on our next trip. I hear the wild flowers up there are great.

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Reminded me of our trip to the San Juans 5 years ago. Thanks for sharing.

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