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A Breath Of Fresh Air Along The Highway Of Legends

As a middle-aged Native Son of Colorado, I count myself as fortunate to have become intimately familiar with so much of this beautiful state.  In my first 26 years I managed to scurry up to the top of exactly one half of Colorado’s fifty-four fourteen thousand foot peaks, an activity that has given me a lasting overview of the geographical, historical and recreational wealth of this region.  The thing that impresses me most about Colorado however, is that no matter how familiar one becomes with it, there seems to be a never-ending supply of new experiences, new views, new discoveries and new adventures lying just around the corner.

June came and went like a thief in the night, stealing away the fresh youth of spring and bringing on the long hot days of summer as Tammy and I worked feverishly to film and edit this piece on the Highway of Legends.  A special thanks to the directors of this Scenic Byway and an acknowledgement that the project was paid for by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program, The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways.

The Highway makes a loop around the Spanish Peaks and threads its way along the Sangre De Cristo mountain range and it includes an alternate backcountry route over Cordova Pass.  The cities and towns located along the way include Walsenburg, Aguilar, Ludlow, Trinidad, Stonewall, Cuchara and La Veta.  Recreational opportunities can be found in the San Isabel National Forest, Trinidad Lake State Park and Lathrop State Park.  Notable area attractions include the Rio Grande Scenic Railway, Grandote Peaks Golf Course, Cougar Canyon Golf Course, Monument Lake Resort and Blue and Bear Lakes.   The promotional video will be available for viewing at www.spanishpeakscountry.com, www.historictrinidad.com, www.colorado.com, and hopefully it will be streaming live in the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad.

If you have never been to the Spanish Peaks Region in Southern Colorado, we hope that this film will entice you to plan a visit.  If you have been here before, we hope that this video might give you a new perspective of the area.  In any event, it is always our intent to remind you that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

 

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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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