Several weeks ago we were in Central Colorado. So many of you asked for pictures, I’m going to give you a tour! Okay, Wordless Wednesday. Take a hike. Our readers’ personal tour of Central Colorado is taking over.
I encourage you all to click on the pictures to see a larger version. They really do look better bigger. Plus, be sure to visit the last couple of Wordless Wednesdays to see more cowboy country pics:
Colorado is usually a dry, arid state, particularly in Central Colorado. However, it had been raining the two previous weeks. The grasses were growing like crazy, and the mountains were covered in small flowering weeds, plants and bushes. The yellow flowers you see are Chimisa, and boy did they do a job on our allergies. They were pretty, but achoo!
The state of Colorado is gorgeous. Each region has its own personality. Central Colorado has real cowboys, pick-up trucks covered in dust and mountain views everywhere you turn.
If you pay attention you may see some pretty amazing animals, from coyotes to elk and moose to owls.
Cowboy boots aren’t just for dressing up. They’re a must in certain parts of the state. With all of the bushes and plants with thorns and burrs, you’ll be scratched alive if you don’t wear higher boots. (Although I do wear my hiking boots on day hikes.) If you’re staying near town, however, you can wear your normal shoes and be fine. But I’m not chancing it when it comes to the snakes either.
Central Colorado used to be a large mining area. The hillsides are littered with abandoned mines (although there are some active mines in the area). We went pan handling for gold but didn’t find any. However, the water still carries minerals out of the mountains so you never know what you’re going to find.
Speaking of minerals, the different kinds of minerals and rocks one can find is staggering. From basic quartz to petrified wood, the boys went on rock hunts daily. They were hoping to bring these all home with us in the suitcases; however, the weight limits on bags forced them to select a choice few (thank goodness).
Want to go back in time? South Park City is an impressive recreation of a historic town. And we happened to be visiting on Living History Day when volunteers from all over the state get into costume and teach you about the time period. We took in a train robbery as well as visited the one-room school house. I think it will be the only time the kids will absolutely love going to school.
And for those of you wondering… yes, this is the famous town of Fairplay, which the show South Park is based on and the creators are from.
Fishing in the region is a must. There are lots of streams, creeks and small ponds created by beavers feed into the Arkansas River. You may not catch big fish, but there are trout waiting to bite.
What vacation to Colorado is complete without a campfire? (And Blue Moon beer if you ask my husband.) We cooked hotdogs on the open fire and made ‘smores. Of course, we were very responsible in managing the campfire.
Don’t know how to put out a campfire? Ask Smokey the Bear.
I just loved the cowboy swagger my kids picked up while in Colorado. We went Jeeping up an old, unused road to pick wild raspberries, which made amazing pies later. Although you can’t tell by the greenery, the edge of the road on the right drops off down a steep cliff. If you fell down there, or the Jeep toppled down, it would be game over.
And now I’m going to be quiet. It’s time for Wordless Wednesday!
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