Southern Colorado

Monday 7th September 2020

We really liked Creede! It was a thriving mining town back in the day. Also it has the only decent grocery store within 50 miles.

Many of the houses reminded us of Homer, Alaska. This owner was thinking outside the box or should I say fence.

Even the ice skating building had character.

Curling stones Creede style.

The fire department had a great spot.

Driving through town the road turns to gravel and heads up the mountain.

There were several old abandoned mines precariously perched on the cliffs.

After a rocky, lumpy, bumpy ride we finally made it to a trailhead leading to a section of the Continental Divide Trail.

A few miles at over 12,000 feet is always invigorating.

I like to add my bit to the many Cairns on the trails.

We had a great campsite for a few days overlooking a horse paddock. Bears were regular visitors at night. So frequent in fact that the campground electrified the trash containers at night.

This guy was the closest we got to seeing any wildlife. In the back country the cattle are just left to roam about.

The 3100 hundred mile Continental Divide Trail runs 850 miles through Colorado. We managed to hike at least 50 miles in the lower sections. We would love to hike the whole thing but would need at least 20 Llamas to carry all the gear. Also someone to pitch the tents and fix the grub would be nice.

This stretch had so many dead trees due to beetle attack.

Five miles in we found the perfect place for lunch and a rest.

There are so many peaks. Colorado has over 50 that beat 14,000 foot mark!

This was a long stretch of trail winding around a huge mountain.

We were thrilled to meet up with our good friends Leslie and Stuart. They loved the Continental Divide trail too.

It is supposed to start snowing here tomorrow evening so we are packing up and making a hasty retreat to lower elevations.

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22 Responses to Southern Colorado

  1. Maxine Davis says:

    love, love, love this stop over! So admire you two and all you do to make life fun and interesting.

  2. barbarawitte123 says:

    We love to see the beautiful pics from Colorado – still on our bucket list … but who knows when we can travel again into the US ? We sold our house on Vancouver Island and are now moving back to the east coast – we finally found a beautiful waterfront property east of Halifax …. life is just so much more relaxing and laid back at the east coast . Vancouver Island is getting swamped with snowbirds : everything has changed so much the past 6 months – but we are always happy to read your blog and see the beautiful pictures of your happy and healthy lifestyle all over the different States in the US ! We hope that we will all stay healthy and meet again sometimes in the near future …. may be you travel east again some day ? Cheers for now and we will send you pictures from our new home : we are still on Vancouver Island and are leaving here on September 22 Nd and take possession of our new home on October 2 Nd and then Quarantine for 2 weeks : mandatory in Nova Scotia 😂😂

    • You make our lives look really boring. Can’t believe you’re on the move again and back to the east coast to boot. For sure the Covid has cocked things up all the way around. We have been finding campsites tougher to book. It’s getting harder to just wing it. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the border to open up for all the friendly Canadians to come back to our campground in Indio for the winter.

  3. Donna says:

    “Happy trails to you, until we meet again “ you two always find the nearest places. This looked like a great location. 💗

  4. Melvin kirkwood says:

    Thank you for another great display of pictures of your continued adventures ofColorado . I’m glad you made it down before the 2 ft. Of snow made it to that part of the state. Keep sending the great pictures and stay safe. Hope to see you this fall! I

  5. Gina Gluth says:

    Hi Rose and Dean
    Your both looking fit and well thank goodness. Keep the photos coming and your little snippets of information. We in England are limited to a gathering of only 6 people as from Monday, the figures of infection are creeping up again, we need to protect the NHS staff. Bloody annoying as some folks will not do as there told!!! Our Kevin’s area of Bolton have been on a localised lockdown so we haven’t seen the kids in a few weeks.
    Just keep safe fortunately there’s not many folk who can catch up with you two. If you seen Dax soon give him a BIG birthday hug from me. Again stay safe lots of love to you both xxxxGina

    • So sorry to hear of the covid problems. It’s hard to figure what going on over here. Groups get together in some areas, no groups allowed in others. Some wear masks in stores some don’t. We wear a mask in the store and then generally keep to ourselves. Luckily we have had plenty of space in the back country when hiking. Poor Kevin and family. I bet you miss giving those grandkids some Gina hugging. From what I hear Australia is doing pretty well with infection control. Are you planning on Going there over the winter? We are are going to miss some of our Canadian friends this winter unless the border opens up. Will give Dax a virtual hug for you. Not sure when we will see him. Maybe next year. Will see Jay for sure when we get to Palm Springs for the winter. Stay safe dear sista and that lug of a brother too.

  6. Madhu says:

    Like the way you present your travel and remarks of each places. Thanks.
    Stay healthy and safe.

  7. Dax says:

    Seems like the residents of Creede may have to work on there shuffleboard long game if their ice rink can fit in that shack.

  8. John Morris says:

    Not sure I could even breathe at 12000 feet elevation.

  9. Looks like a wonderful hike

  10. Tina says:

    These photos are amazing!!!! This looks like a place I would want to visit. ❤️❤️❤️
    Hope you all are doing great! Can you make it for thanksgiving this year?

  11. Tina says:

    Loved all the gorgeous photos!!!! Miss you guys! Can you make it here for thanksgiving this year??

    Tina Shabo


  12. Ron and Merlene says:

    Oh…My…Goodness!! What absolutely stunning photos!!! What pictures of beauty to store in your memory bank!! Missing you both! Looking forward to the day we can hug you!!

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