31 May 2009

This time, last year

Leadville, CO

On our way to Ouray, Telluride and Moab, we stopped in Leadville, CO - the highest city in the US at 10,152 feet (3094 m). Like most western towns, it was once a booming mining town. At one time Leadville was the second most populated city in Colorado, after Denver, and the home of Doc Holiday (who was not nearly as attractive as a young Kiefer Sutherland). Now, again, like most western towns, it is not quite a ghost town with a well preserved historic district, a really good coffee shop, and a fantastic antique shop (where we lost well over 2 hours). At this time of the year only one of the two passes over the Rockies leading to Leadville was open. I wonder if the whole town gets a little Shining-esque in the winter when both passes are closed. We were really surprised by Leadville; I think it is now what Telluride and Ouray used to be before the rich-and-famous stepped in. There still exists a strong culture of individualism, and a lot of pride in the community and the town's colorful past. In Telluride and Ouray these things get lost more and more often, as compared to even 5 or 10 years ago.

this was taken as we were driving away

notice that, even at the very end of May, spring has not yet sprung
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