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Free Energy Along The Purgatoire River

“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.  No big laboratory is needed in which to think.  Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind.  Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”  ~ Nikola Tesla

I’ve been learning a bit lately about a pretty bright man who spent some time here in Colorado in the early 1900’s.  It’s odd that I never learned about him in school, given the fact that he worked along side Thomas Edison and had some very original ideas that have shaped the world we live in, many more that will shape the world that is to come.  Anyway, Nikola Tesla was all about energy and it was his dream that energy would someday be free to all.  The energy that he envisioned would be completely self sustaining and independent from any requirement to deplete our natural resources.  I thought this quote was particularly fitting for this post.to put into context the power that we can derive from quiet afternoon in the great outdoors.

The Purgatoire River runs off of the Sangre De Cristo range just a few short miles from our home and the North Fork Trail has become one of our favorite hikes.  To get there, leave the pavement of State Hwy. 12 at Purgatoire Creek and follow the dirt road for three miles to the campground, which sets at about 8500 feet.  The hiking trail is best described as easy to moderate with a gentle but steady incline for about three miles up to timberline.  This is one of those hikes where there is so much to see that if feels more like a stroll in the park than a workout.

If you live nearby, or if you happen to be visiting this beautiful part of Colorado, grab the family and the camera and check out the Upper Purgatoire River, you won’t be disappointed.  Also keep in mind that this valley is absolutely drop dead gorgeous in the fall.  In any event, thanks for tagging along and don’t forget that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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Exploring The South-East Colorado Canyon Lands

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March Madness On The Highway Of Legends

Springtime Near Stonewall

Living at 9600 feet atop Cuchara Pass is not recommended for those who prefer dry ground, a clean car and a convenience store nearby.   We awoke yesterday morning to 12 inches of moisture filled spring snow, a surprise storm that gave the weather forecasters their third miss in a row.  As always, we are hoping to deposit as much H2O as we can into the Snow Bank so there will be plenty to withdraw in the summer months that are just around the corner.  “Gotta make water when the sun isn’t shining”.

Up here, cabin fever sets in on a fairly regular basis during the winter months.  Fortunately, it usually just takes a short drive in any direction to give us a renewed outlook, after all we live along the incredibly scenic highway of legends.  Yesterday, we headed south and despite the fresh snowfall and the cloudy skies, signs of spring could be seen everywhere.  The ice on North and Monument lakes is quickly melting and the first signs of new growth are appearing in the deciduous forest.

Long before the asphalt of highway 12 was laid down as a U.S. Mail delivery route connecting La Veta and Trinidad.  Legend has it that the Stonewall postmaster’s last name was Stoner and the vertical Dakota Sandstone formation that bordered the town was dubbed Stoner’s Wall.  Long before a town name like “Stoner’s wall” might be considered dubious, it was changed to stonewall to represent both the man and the landmark.

Spring Snow On Dakota Wall At Stonewall

Spring Snow On Dakota Wall At Stonewall

Today, Stonewall is home to the Shopping Bag, our local convenience store, a mere 15 miles from home.  We picked up a few items then drove around to observe some of the wind damage from one   particular sleepless night last winter.  Stonewall had sustained winds in the 100m.p.h. range, tall trees were blown over and a number of buildings were either damaged or destroyed.  It is indeed fortunate that nobody was hurt or killed by these record winds.

Along the drive home, we stopped to shoot a few photos before climbing up our long snowy driveway in four-wheel low, cabin fever remedied.  If you don’t know it by now, The Greatest Adventures, Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

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If you want to learn more about the Highway of Legends, the following websites are a great resource:

www.cucharavalley.org

www.spanishpeakscountry.com

www.sangres.c0m

www.trinidadco.com

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