Boondocking - National Forest
Fourth of July is always better in a small town. It's more intimate and fun. Leadville really knows how to put on a great parade and picnic! The parade was in the morning and Main Street was lined with people. We had breakfast out so we could get a good spot on the curb.
The night before we had gone to a nearby town next to Vail to watch what is supposed to be the best show in Colorado. It was a really great show. After the parade and picnic in Leadville, we watched a much smaller fireworks show.
It opened up with all the flags out and being led by the local police.
Then the fire trucks came. Old and new. There was plenty of candy thrown to the kids.
This Dad had a busy time keeping watch over these busy boys.
Miners and Donkeys.
The longest parade group was the local 4 Wheel Drive Group.
More decorated jeeps and trucks.
These dinosaurs were having a great time. I don't know how the Gingerbread Man got in on it.
The local 4-H Goat Group.
My favorite Goat of the day!
After the parade there was a few hours before the Picnic began. The local Fire Department puts on a huge free BBQ of hamburgers and hotdogs, ice cream, entertainment and a car show at the airport. Since we had some time to kill we headed out of town to snap up a few geocaches.
At this particular cache we learned more about the 10th Mountain Division. According to the info at the memorial, skiing associations say that veterans of the 10th Mountain Division had a substantial effect in the post-World War II development of skiing as a vacation industry and major sport. Ex-soldiers from the 10th laid out ski hills, designed ski lifts, became ski coaches, racers, instructors, patrollers, shop owners, and filmmakers. They wrote and published ski magazines, opened ski schools, improved ski equipment, and developed ski resorts. Up to 2,000 of the division's troops were involved in skiing-related professions after the war, and at least 60 ski resorts were founded by men of the division. Very interesting.
The old barracks. There is nothing visibly left at this site except these ruins and some roads.
Here is the cache we found in a huge Ammo Container.
It was time to get back to Leadville for the picnic. It was up at the county airport. It was small but all decorated up and very patriotic.
What a great view from inside the hangar where we had our BBQ and the band was.
There was an special rescue crew from Italy in a state of the art helicopter.
The small car show had a few Chevy's that my Dad had when he was younger. I knew he'd love them so I texted pictures of them to him.
I think we'll get one of these to tow behind the 5er.
I thought this made for a solemn picture.
A couple signs that share what Leadville is about. Another about some famous residents.
Some beautiful murals and buildings in Leadville.
This colorful guy is often seen downtown. A fence made of old snow skis.
Down another dirt road we found a fun cache that was hidden in a pine tree atop a rocky outcropping that we had to hike. It was a faucet made to look like it was coming out of the tree. Very amusing. We also tried a little fishing in the river, but the mosquitos were very hungry so we hustled out.
Going to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum was a great way to spend a couple of hours. The funny part was instead of paying $12, we used our AARP cards and got a senior discount which saved us $2 each! Wow that sure made me feel old! We had a good laugh with that!
We're not huge rock hounds but the mining history of Leadville was so interesting to us. Our favorite part was the recreated cole and silver mines. Fun to walk through!
There were specimens from all over the world. So many colors and shapes.
Copper specimens from Colorado.
Mining was very destructive to the ground, water sources and vegetation. It was very interesting to learn about the steps that modern mining goes through to return the area to its pristine state.
We had spent some time with some of our RV Friends, Gene & Eileen in Frisco last month. Before they head back to Florida for the winter we drove up to Denver to have lunch with them once more.
We also went caching with them and found one of the coolest "Bug Hotels". We left one of ours for someone else to pick up and move along. It was decorated inside to look like a hotel!
We passed the huge Argo Gold Mine & Mill in Glenwood Springs after leaving Denver. We didn't have time to spend here or take a tour. It's a very cute little town built in the mountains like so many in this part of Colorado. Another time I guess.
Ya, that's me.