Monthly Archives: July 2010

Cinnamon Pass and American Basin

I set out yesterday for American Basin to see how the wildflowers were. I was not disappointed (see here). The photo of me posing by the Cinnamon Pass sign was taken by a handy tourist. The alpine area between Ouray, … Continue reading

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Wildflowers in American Basin near Cinnamon Pass

On our first visit to this area together, in 1998, we stayed outside Lake City. The B&B owner suggested we check out American Basin, which is right where the road up to Cinnamon Pass gets serious. (See separate post here … Continue reading

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California and Hurricane Passes; Lake Como

I think this is another one best led with the GPS track. I traveled from the east (Animas Forks via Picayune and Placer Gulches) to the west (Corkscrew Pass). This GPS track is sort of in the middle of lots … Continue reading

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San Juan CR 9: Picayne Gulch and Placer Gulch

This cool road takes off just south of Animas Forks and curls around up to California Gulch Road. It’s probably best to start with the GPS track, as other photos are referenced to it. I learned of the road from … Continue reading

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Wildflowers Near Red Mountain Pass

Last Saturday I made quite the circuit on the motorcycle—the rides are reported separately. Two of the roads I traveled, Ouray County Road 31 and San Juan County Road 14, are very near Red Mountain Pass and are

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Red Mountain Mining District—Ouray County Road 31

Here’s a nice romp through history—a beginner+ road and some cool old mining structures. Take a ride through the historic Red Mountain Mining District! Note: The Yankee Girl Mine, which is on this road, is so iconic I’ve featured it … Continue reading

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Buckhorn Lakes and Beyond

This is a continuation of the trip up to Buckhorn on May 21st (here) and posted on June 4th. Figuring the roads were long dry, I headed up there after dinner this evening. I went beyond the lakes to revisit … Continue reading

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IEEE Heritage Site: the Ames Hydroelectric Plant

Okay, so maybe this won’t appeal to everyone. I’m an electrical engineer, and IEEE is my professional society. The Ames Station is the first generating station to produce and transmit alternating current (AC) electrical power. We may think that sort … Continue reading

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Yankee Girl Headworks on Ouray CR 31

I took a long ride yesterday. One road I traversed is a road I’ve rarely traveled, Ouray County Road 31. It goes through the heart of the mining district and literally next to the famed Yankee Girl mine. I took … Continue reading

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High Perspective from San Juan County Road 14

I went out yesterday in spite of the rain. I got wet, but it was one of the best rides I’ve ever taken. One road I traversed yesterday was San Juan County Road 14. I’d never been before, so this … Continue reading

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