Monthly Archives: August 2011

I rode the Galloping Goose!

Galloping Goose #4 rides the rails again! I had the wonderful and rare opportunity to ride the restored Goose today. It’s been on display in Telluride, Colorado, and last ran 58 years ago. The Ridgway Railroad Museum started the restoration … Continue reading

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Sylvan Beauty: Cow Creek Rd—Ouray CR 12

Cow Creek Road is the eastern end of Ouray CR 12. The word that kept coming to mind as I rode the lengthy road this morning is “sylvan,” which comes from an old French word meaning “forest diety.” To say … Continue reading

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Which way did you say?

Every once in awhile one encounters cognitive dissonance. In the photo I’m traveling north on Ouray CR 12 on my way to Cow Creek. The upside-down sign really caught my attention—the road actually turns right to the east.

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Clear Lake Wildflowers

This morning I took San Juan, Colorado, County Road 12 up to Clear Lake. The GPS track and pictures are found by going to this post. I’d concentrated so much on the road that I didn’t see the wildflowers at … Continue reading

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Clear Lake Beauty on San Juan CR 12

Clear Lake in San Juan County, Colorado, is a pristine example of a high (above tree line) lake in the bowl of a glacially-carved basin—I traveled there this morning. The lake is natural and is reached by traveling up San … Continue reading

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Mancos Renaissance Fair: Wool Spinning

The Mancos Renaissance Fair was held this past weekend. I had the opportunity to spend several hours there on Saturday, August 20th, 2011. I had a nice chat with a gal who was spinning wool into yarn using an old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Mancos Renaissance Fair: Arms and Armor

I had a great chance to interview these two young people, both named John, about their chain mail, swords, and other miscellanea. If you know who these people are, let me know so I can credit them appropriately.

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Sideroads: The Galloping Goose Trail

The Galloping Goose was a famous part of the Rio Grand Southern Railroad. RGS connected Ridgway with Telluride and, via Lizard Head Pass, down to Rico and around finally to Durango. The railroad went through some of the most spectacular … Continue reading

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Alta Lake Wildflowers

On July 1st I took the road up to Alta Lakes (see here). A few wildflowers caught my eye.

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Sideroads: Alta Lakes South of Telluride

I’ve zoomed right on by this road for years, but of late I’ve taken to exploring side roads. The three Alta Lakes, two of which are publicly accessible, are off of Colorado State Hwy 145, not far south of Telluride. … Continue reading

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