Monday, January 20, 2014

A Day in Denver

My Mom just celebrated her 75th birthday, and my siblings and I made our ways to Indiana by plane and auto. I flew and decided to ride back to Denver with my brother Mark to see what mountain living is all about. Here are some highlights.

First stop up the mountain is Alma, which is North America's highest incorporated town at 10,578 feet. Alma was originally known for its silver mine, and it is now a rhodochrosite mineral mine. I'll note that it's about 20 degrees and windy out here! 

Next stop up the Rockies is Hoosier Pass at the Continental Divide, elevation 11,539 feet. It was discovered and mined by Indiana men in 1860. Look at those blue skies at the top of the America!

We then stopped by Breckenridge. Since it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today, the streets were bustling with skiers and snowboarders enjoying the holiday weekend. (On my flight the next day from Denver International, I did note the abundance of flyers on crutches!) It was cool to see this historic train with the snowplow up front. I guess I never thought about having to clear snow from train tracks.

Coming down the mountain, we stopped by South Park, both of them, in Fairplay. The animated South Park is inspired by locations in Fairplay, which is in the South Park basin. This sign is a regular detour for photo ops.

South Park City is an open air museum in Fariplay with authentic and relocated buildings to recreate a mining town. Did I mention how cold it was?! The area is open in warmer months and has living history days in the summer.

Finally, in the go big or go home arena, we stopped by South Park Fudge Factory for this ginormous and delicious cinnamon roll. WOW!!

I'm looking forward to a summer visit. Anyone want to climb the mountain with me?!

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