Visiting Leadville, CO

On day 1 of our belated honeymoon, Javi and I woke up at 7:30 and had coffee and a homemade breakfast that our B&B host Connie prepared. One of the items in the breakfast buffet was a warm loaf of craisin applesauce bread that I instantly fell in love with. It seemed homemade so I asked her if she made it and she said she made it fresh this morning with apples picked from the apple tree in front of the lodge. What?! Is this real? Yes. And it’s amazing. En el primer dia de nuestra luna de miel. Javi y yo despertamos a las 7:30 y tomamos desayuno preparado por nuestra anfitriona Connie. Una de las cosas que preparo en el buffet fue un pan con salsa de manzana que me enamoro instantaneamente. Se veia hecho en casa asi que le pregunte si ella lo habia hecho y me dijo que si, que lo habia preparado fresco en la manana con las manzanas de su manzano que esta frente a la casa. Que? Es esto de verdad? Si, y es fantastico.

Connie recommended a trip to Leadville, a historic miner town about 40 minutes from Buena Vista. Leadville was charming, all of the houses and buildings were painted bright colors (why can’t we do this in Nashville?) and the main street store fronts were exactly the way I would picture a historic mining boomtown to look. You know, that saloon-looking, old western false front type of architecture, very picturesque. We stopped at the Chamber of Commerce and they told us to go to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Sound thrilling enough for you? Well, it was eye candy for anyone who loves minerals. We kept thinking about how my uncle Warren would be the best guide as we walked through room after room of minerals, crystals, rocks, interactive mining exhibits, gold, and coal. It was a really fun stop and we highly recommend it to anyone who goes to Leadville! Connie recomendo un viaje a Leadville, un pueblito historico, un pueblo minero que queda a 40 minutos de Buena Vista. Leadville se veia pintorezco, todas las casa y edificios pintados de diferentes colores (por que no podemos hacer eso en Nashville?) y las vitrinas de la calle principal eran exactamente como me las imaginaba se verian en un pueblo minero en pleno boom. Saben, con los salones, fachada del viejo oeste, muy pintorezco. Pasamos por la camara de comercio y nos dijeron que visitaramos el Museo del Salon de la Fama de la Mineria. Suena excitante verdad? Bueno, es como un dulce para los ojos para aquellos que les gusta los minerales. Todo el rato que estuvimos ahi pensabamos en mi tio Warren y como el seria el mejor guia mientras veiamos salas y salas de minerales, cristales, rocas, exhibiciones, oro, y carbon. Fue muy entretenido y se lo recomendamos a cualquiera que visite Leadville!

The Chilean miner rescue exhibit!

We finished with the museum after about an hour and a half and went to lunch at a pizza place called High Mountain Pies. The pizza was delicious and the restaurant was really cute. They have a little terrace on the side of the building and then a big backyard with picnic tables where we sat and ate. After lunch we drove up rt. 91 and then got on I-70w and drove through Vail – beautiful scenery all the way of course – then got back on rt. 24 and headed back to Buena Vista. It was about a 2-hour drive through the mountains and we stopped about every 10 minutes at different lookout points to take photos and soak up the scenery. The weather was sunny and mid-70s – absolutely perfect! Estuvimos en el museo por una hora y media y nos fuimos a almorzar a una pizzeria llamada High Mountain Pie. La pizza estaba deliciosa y el restaurant era muy lindo. Tenia un terraza al lado del edificio y tambien un patio trasero muy grande con mesas de picnic donde nos sentamos a comer. Despues de almorzar manejamos por la ruta 91 y despues tomamos la interestatal 70W y manejamos rumbo a Vail – hermosos paisajes – luego tomamos la ruta 24 y nos devolvimos a Buena Vista. Fueron mas o menos 2 horas de viaje por las montanas y paramos cada 10 minutos en distintos miradores a sacar fotos y disfrutar el paisaje. El tiempo estaba soleado y 22 grados – perfecto!

Once we got back to Buena Vista we drove around for a bit to check out the town in daylight since we arrived so late the night before. After taking a few pics of some of the buildings around the town we started heading back to the lodge and then we saw two huge deer with velvety antlers meandering across the road! We followed them around a bit and I tried to take a few decent photos – I was so excited! I hope we see more. After getting some fun photos of these two, we decided to relax til dinner back at the lodge. The back deck of the lodge faces the river, so we sat out on the deck listening to the river and watching hummingbirds flit up to the flowers for awhile til dinner. We ate at a little diner called Punky’s – cheeseburgers – for dinner and then took a sunset drive up to Cottonwood Pass until it was too dark and we headed back. It was a beautiful first day in CO! Una vez de vuelta en Buena Vista, manejamos por el pueblo para ver que habia ya que la noche anterior llegamos tarde como para pasear. Despues de tomar algunas fotos de los edificios alrededor ibamos de vuelta a nuestro alojamiento cuando vimos 2 ciervos enormes con cuernos de terciopelo cruzando la calle! Los seguimos un poco e intentamos sacar fotos decentes – estaba tan emocionada! Espero ver mas. Despues de sacar algunas fotos divertidas de esos dos, decidimos relajarnos hasta la hora de la cena en el alojamiento. Este lugar tiene un patio que da hacia el rio, asi que nos sentamos ahi a escuchar el rio y ver los picaflores ir de flor en flor hasta que nos dio hambre. Comimos en una picada llamada Punky’s – hamburguesas con queso – y despues manejamos camino a Cottonwoods Pass para ver el atardecer y cuando se puso muy oscuro nos devolvimos. Fue un dia muy lindo en Colorado!

9 responses to “Visiting Leadville, CO”

  1. The two of you are getting some wonderful Colorado photographs! You both have a good eye for color and composition. I am really looking forward to seeing your mountain climbing photos later in the week.

  2. I took my daughter and her friend through the Mining Museum when they were nine and we spent 4 hours there! Great pics – love the deer picture too

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