Photographic Adventures in Paradise
A video of the old stage trail we rode up to the Imogene Pass in the San Juan Mts. above Telluride, Co.
We just got back from a jeep trail adventure in Ridgway, Colorado. Here are some pictures of the awesome scenery and the trails we navigated carefully to the Tomboy settlement and other places. Our hosts for the day and the trip were Dick and Diane (Suzie’s daughter and son-in-law) and Jim who is Dicks bro.
Jim’s new 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4×4……..our ride for the day
Up-close view of the front tire meeting the trail………
Jim forges a raging stream…..
The still melting snow provides the water for these astounding waterfalls……
These were the old stagecoach shelf roads 100 years ago……..
See those switchbacks cutting back and forth on the mountain ahead?………we later drove down them……
Be prepared for a very bumpy ride………(click the arrow in the middle of the picture to start the video)
Tight quarters for a pass…….
Driving thru the ” Social Tunnel” near the Tomboy settlement. Back in the day no single ladies were permitted past this point on the trail going into the Tomboy mining settlement.
Jim & Dicks jeeps on top of the world……….
Bro’s Jim and Dick
A collapsed miners cabin……..
The sign at the former Tomboy mining settlement. It says………” The Tomboy mining and salvage basin camp was located 3000 ft. above Telluride. The settlement contained a school, store, stable, and miners cabins. The Tomboy Star was producing quantities of gold ore in 1894 and in 1897 the mine was sold for 2 million dollars. A daily stage ran along this shelf road carrying passengers and mail.”
Uncompahgre National Forest
A beautiful mountain lake…….
A Marmot crawls the rocks……….
A old railroad freight car converted into a miners cabin………..
Downtown Ridgway, Colorado
The spectacular scenery………..
We even drove thru some snow banks already plowed by the forest service in order to provide open trails for everyone
CancunTom and Cancunsuz at the Tomboy mining settlement above Telluride, Colorado
After coming down the mountain and driving back to Ridgway I saw this old wagon in the yard of a local homeowner. It was so picturesque that I had to take a picture of it……
Our many thanks to Dick and Diane for their hospitality at their beautiful home above Ridgway where we stayed for 10 days, and to Jim for taking us to so many beautiful places on the mountain trails.