Breckenridge Colorado. Elevation 9600 ft. What a view! It’s known for ski resorts and gold rush history. If you are into skiing, hiking, biking, this is the place! We were here in mid and late September and the Aspen trees were in full color. Mother Nature at her finest!
Hiking for us “flatlanders” is not without its challenges. Especially since we were novices and not used to the altitude!(pant! pant!) Finding the trail head was not an easy task either. Did the directions say “look for the teepee?” Nope!
Our trail brought us to this abandoned gold mining dredge which last operated in 1922. These things were earth eating machines digging their way through the valley in search of gold. The piles of rocks (or tailings) you see behind are what was discarded after the gold had been separated.
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It’s easy to see why so many love the mountains!
High up in the Black Hills is one of South Dakota’s true treasures, the Needles Hwy in Custer State Park. It’s a beautiful place! The road winds for miles past beautiful canyons and spire rock formations. And driving here is a real experience with hair pin turns and rock tunnels barely wide enough to get through!
Yes, we really drove thru with not a whole lot of room to spare!
The Needles EyeThe park is home to aprox. 1300 Bison. This guy thought the road side was a good place for lunch! He didn’t seem to mind Susan getting this shot of his good side!!
The best way to describe this National Park is that we left earth and landed on another planet! This incredibly harsh landscape, what once was ocean bottom millions of years ago, goes on for miles and miles!
The layers you see were caused by the receding waters leaving the beautiful colors and peaks several hundred feet high.
Every Turn brought new views!
…..and we passed on hiking!!
We’ve seen this in pictures so many times. Billboards, ads, businesses all showing the familiar faces. Even our license plates have George, Thomas, Theodore and Abraham on them! BUT none of these even come close to capturing the awe inspiring feeing of viewing these past US presidents in person!
The rope and bag are being used to bring new crack monitoring sensors to the top which track movement within the rock.
The view from the top of the Black Hills.
We were lucky enough to capture this mother and baby mountain goat on the rocks a few yard away!
It took an incredable talent and vision to create this masterpiece in the Black hills of South Dakota. What and incredable day!!