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.