We returned home Saturday from our annual vacation to Breckenridge, Colorado. This annual affair began 10 years ago when by chance I purchased from a private party, sight unseen, a timeshare for use in early September. I had never even been to Breckenridge but I love mountains and you can't beat the Rocky Mountains for a mountains-themed vacation.
|Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado|
|French Ridge Interval Condominiums|
Breckenridge is an historic mining town that has grown into a huge tourist resort with marvelous winter skiing and other year-round wonders. It seemed that half of Denver was there over the 4th of July weekend. As usual, the picturesque streets and yards of Victorian-style residences were full of summer flowers.
In the center of town, the Blue River flows alongside shops, restaurants, and walking/biking paths:
|View from my vacation condo's deck in September, 2004|
(a dusting of snow is not uncommon in late summer)
|My French Ridge Condo (upper two floors tan unit)|
|The lovely glow of golden aspen was everywhere|
|Will, Anne and Milla with the Collegiate Peaks behind them|
|Rafting the Arkansas River through the town of Salida, CO|
|This was an easy going :float trip without much "white water"|
|This mine opened in 1887 and|
produced gold, silver, zinc and lead
until it was closed in 1945.
|We descended 1000 ft. into the mine shaft|
|We learned a lot about the hard life of miners|
|An early morning hike on the Tenderfoot Trail with awesome views|
|and lots of wildflowers like this Blue Flax...|
|... and here is Yellow Stonecrop along the trail|
|Even 5 year old Milla hiked the mile or so scenic trail above Lake Dillon|
|Indian Paintbrush and Colorado Columbine|
|Elephant's Head Pedicularis groenlandica|
|View from the trail with Mt. Quandary on the left|
|Colorado Columbine Aquilegia coerulea v. coerulea|
(Colorado's state flower)
|The lower falls|
Friday night, we headed for nearby Frisco for dinner followed by a movie in Dillon. We saw The Lone Ranger which we thought was great fun and not as bad as the reviews had led us to believe. Johnny Depp was marvelous as Tonto and much of the film showcased our home state of New Mexico. Returned home via Hwy 285 on Saturday. With a stop for lunch in Alamosa, we were home in seven hours. Happily, the monsoon rains have arrived and we enjoyed rain for most of our drive through New Mexico.