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Sep 2, 2019 - Hike

We drove up cty Rd 3 to 30 and hiked 2 miles up through the mining country. Beautiful views of Turquoise lake and the MTN range, nice places to camp. Came back down and took Ed and Jeanie to Mile high pies for pizza. Going to make a campfire tonight and leave tomorrow.

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Aug 30, 2019 - Neighbors

Our neighbors from home, Eddie and Jeanie, met up with us in Leadville. They've been traveling the US since April and happened to be within 100 miles of here. No need to travel over Labor day weekend! We caught up on each other's trips and are going to cook steaks tonight. Great seeing them!

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Aug 29, 2019 - Hike

We had thought we would go up Mosquito pass with the atv but then read how difficult the trail was so we mixed that idea. Then we thought we'd go back to Lost Canyon but the weather was getting cloudy looking at Mt Elbert. So we ate lunch and decided to hike the Clinton gulch reservoir north of Leadville. It was a bit steeper than we thought but still hiked about a mile and a half. Our legs are still a bit sore from our big hike but we made it.

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Aug 28, 2019 - Frisco

We needed to buy a new stepladder since ours was left on the road to Mt Princeton a couple of days ago. I didn't want to try to keep climbing on the trailer hitch to get in the camper so we traveled about 30 miles to Walmart and Lowe's. Got everything we needed and then headed to Angry James brewery for their IPA. One of the better ones that we've had. Back to our great site and our Georgia neighbors are joining us this weekend.

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Aug 27, 2019 - Laundry day

We had to do laundry today and rest up after our 5 mile hike yesterday. It's super quiet here at the camping area but am sure labor day will bring in alot of people. Our Georgia neighbors are going to meet us here Friday so we're just going to hang out several more days in paradise! Temps in the 70s lows down to 38 so it's perfect.

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Aug 26, 2019 - Mayflower gulch

We're still in Leadville and decided to head north on 91 to go hike Mayflower gulch. What a beautiful hike about 2.8 miles up to an old mining town. We started at @ 11000 ft and probably went up to 11900. Beautiful wildflowers and great mountain scenery. We may not be able to walk tomorrow but it was worth it. Came back to Leadville and ate at Casa Blanco where bill had a soapilla and I had a chicken enchilada along with a chili relleno. Everything was excellent and we will go back!

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Aug 25, 2019 - Mt Princeton

We drove down past Buena Vista to the road up to Mt Princeton where we thought we could take the atv and go past where we hiked years ago. We made a wrong turn and ended up at private property so we had to turn around on an iffy spot. We made it and then drove on towards Iron City but decided to turn around and head back. Met our new friends at Periodic brewery but they only had 2 beers available so we went across the street to Treeline where we had happy hour beers and exchanged emails and phone numbers since they are leaving tomorrow. We...

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Aug 23, 2019 - Elbert trailhead

We headed down to the trailhead for s. Mt Elbert and unloaded the atv so we could drive up to the actual trail to Elbert. We got out and hiked up to the Lily ponds which are big beaver dams. You could see where the beavers pulled the Aspen trees down to the pond and created a huge dam. We found a few Aspen boletes and will use them tomorrow night. It started sprinkling so we headed back to the camper. Winds must've gotten to 40 so we made it back quickly. Time enough to get a beer at PB and head to the campsite. Our great neighbors came...

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Aug 22, 2019 - rainy

First rainy day in 2 weeks but it came around noon and left @ 3 but messed up our plans to atv near Twin lakes. We hiked around the camp area and did our grocery shopping and sewage dumping. Rented a Redbox movie and watched it while the next rain came through. Eating gumbo with cheddar bratwurst mixed in with rice.

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Aug 21, 2019 - Winfield

We left our campsite after a leisurely lunch and headed down to cr 390 below Granite. We drove about 5 miles and took the atv off the camper and went another 7 miles up to Winfield, a 1890s mining camp. Very cool area with great views. We went on up to the cemetery which had graves from babies to miners who died in avalanches. Came back and had happy hour with our neighbors Judy and Rick. Ate our king Bolete mushrooms with steak and we need to find more boletes!

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Aug 20, 2019 - Fish hatchery

We drove out to the Leadville fish hatchery and hiked about 2 plus miles. The history of it is amazing, built in the 1890s and the major house is still there. We got a little lost on the one mile nature trail and ended up doing 2.27 but beautiful with views of Elbert and massive. Went on to the brewery and then to Treeline kitchen where we sat on the rooftop and had happy hour. On to Casa Sanchez for a chili relleno and shredded beef enchilada both of which were great. Back to our campsite watching the weather over Elbert.

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Aug 19, 2019 - Rest day

We decided to take a day off and not go out on the atv so Bill mtn biked and then we walked on the forest service roads around the camping area. We went out to Periodic brewery since Safeway had coupons for buy one get one free. Went on to Mile High Pies for pizza since one guy told us it was the best he'd ever had. It was good but Bill makes one better in my opinion! Back at the campsite by 6, looking at Mt. Elbert with the temp @ 65.

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