The Sunshine State

Somehow we have managed to make it halfway through Colorado to Leadville. Leadville is the highest town in the USA at 10 152ft. It’s a neat town with an old mining culture. I could stay here for awhile, but with Old Man Winter nipping at our heels, it’s time to move on. As you can see, we have been incredibly lucky with weather thus far (for the most part). See for yourself:

The buffet the morning we left Grand Lake. It was done by an English lady witb a drinking problem. But boy - was it good!

The buffet the morning we left Grand Lake. It was done by an English lady witb a drinking problem. But boy – was it good!

Leaving Grand Lake.

Leaving Grand Lake.

This is for you Jill!

This is for you Jill!

We have had our winter times...

We have had our winter times…

We stayed for a night in Winter Park due to bad weather. We went into a coffee shop to use the phone. We ended up getting a free lunch and a place to stay. Thank you Michelle and AJ! It was fantastic!

We stayed for a night in Winter Park due to bad weather. We went into a coffee shop to use the phone. We ended up getting a free lunch and a place to stay. Thank you Michelle and AJ! It was fantastic!

Rollins Pass. Where the railway crossed at over 11 000ft!

Rollins Pass. Where the railway crossed at over 11 000ft!

Sometimes you just have to break the rules...

Sometimes you just have to break the rules…

Sunshine and Lollies.

Sunshine and Lollies.

On the divide.

On the divide.

Nearing the summit of Stanely.

Nearing the summit of Stanely.

There are good parts of the trail, and bad. This is the bad.

There are good parts of the trail, and bad. This is the bad.

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Going up Vasquez Peak.

The Sunnit.

The Summit.

Looking towards Denver.

Looking towards Denver.

Mid morning snack.

Mid morning snack.

Unfortunately large swaths of the forest here is dead due to pine beatles.

Unfortunately large swaths of the forest here is dead due to pine beatles.

Ptarmigan Peak.

Ptarmigan Peak.

Looking down to the ski resort town of Silverthorne.

Looking down to the ski resort town of Silverthorne.

The CDT and the Colorado Trail have merged.  The CT is 480 miles, running from Denver to Durango. It is very well maintained,  compared to the CDT.

The CDT and the Colorado Trail have merged. The CT is 480 miles, running from Denver to Durango. It is very well maintained, compared to the CDT.

The CT.

The CT.

Ignore the open ski hills... Gulp! They have been making snow, so some have already opened.

Ignore the open ski hills… Gulp! They have been making snow, so some have already opened.

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Summit of Elk Mountain.

Walking the ridge.

Walking the ridge.

Corbett Peak.

Corbett Peak.

Camp Hale. They trained 15 000 troups here for mountain combat during World War II.

Camp Hale. They trained 15 000 troups here for mountain combat during World War II.

Chilly mornings.

Chilly mornings.

The town of Leadville.

The town of Leadville.