Monday, August 31, 2009

Back to School

Today is the first day of school for the Telluride Public Schools. Every year at the elementary school they hold a ceremony where the principal introduces the staff and sings the school song.

If you're wondering why the elementary school says "High School" above the front door, it is because this was originally the high school built in 1895. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a lot of work put into keeping up the historic integrity of the building. This school holds kindergarten through third grade. The larger school at the entrance of town holds fourth through twelfth grades, which I will show you later this week. There are around 650 students in the Telluride public school system.

Most moms are relieved to send their kids back to school, but I always have mixed feelings. It is the end of our summer Jeeping, hiking and camping activities. I am happy that all three of my kids look forward to the new school year!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

I liked this shot of the tipi at the St. Sophia Nature Center with the big sky and Palmyra Peak behind it. The building on the left is the top of lift 7. Bald Mountain is on the right, which is the one my husband hiked and skied last winter. He hopes to hike and ski Palmyra Peak this winter.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

St. Sophia Nature Center

The St. Sophia Nature Center is located near the St. Sophia gondola station at the top of the mountain. This is a nice place to stop in for information about the hiking and biking trails, and wildlife sightings in the area. This summer they have featured many children's nature activities and crafts for a small fee. In the summer, our church holds a mountaintop service every Sunday afternoon behind the building. It's an amazing view!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My World Tuesday: Riding the Gondola

The gondola is unlike any other free transportation in the country! Not only is it used as a ski lift in the winter, it also connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. The locals use the gondola for transportation regularly, and a lot of the kids in Mountain Village opt to ride the gondola instead of the bus to get to school. Pets and mountain bikers are also welcome here. Can't beat the breathtaking scenery, either.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Inside the Gondola Station

This is what it looks like inside the St. Sophia Gondola station at the top of the mountain, elevation 10,535 feet.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Telluride Ski Resort Trail Map

96 days until ski season opens. I'm enjoying the warm weather while I can!

Friday, August 21, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: Handies Peak, Elevation 14,048 Feet

All of these photos were taken from the summit of Handies Peak, which I hiked earlier this week. It was my first 14er!! A 14er is a mountain that has a peak above 14,000 feet above sea level, and Colorado has 53 official 14ers. Handies is ranked the 10th easiest to hike, rated on the website, where you can find everything you need to know for hiking all of the 14ers in Colorado.

We were definitely watching the skies, but never really had any dark and dangerous clouds near us. We certainly kept a lookout for storms and lightening. When we were on the summit it even snowed on us. I should mention that not only was this my first 14er, but also the first for my daughters, ages 8 and 12. It was an experience we won't forget!
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Home Construction

It seems like this house being built at the east end of the canyon looks bigger every time I see it. Hopefully they can finish before it starts snowing!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My World Tuesday

One of the busiest places in town undeniably is the post office. Telluride is so small that we don't have home delivery, so everyone has a post office box. I think we have the nicest post office employees around!

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Youth Link

Youth Link is a great place for teens to hang out, skateboard, play video games and enjoy the occasional cookout, provided by the Town of Telluride.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge is the world's highest suspension bridge and an engineering marvel. It hangs 1,053 above the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park offers many opportunities to enjoy the bridge. We walked across it, drove across it and rode a trolley across also. I was getting ready to board the tiny red tram that goes across the Gorge on a cable when I took this photo. The Royal Gorge park is located near Cañon City, which is about a 5 hour drive from Telluride.

Friday, August 14, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: SkyCoaster

This week my husband, youngest daughter and son almost touched the sky while riding the SkyCoaster at the Royal Gorge Park near Cañon City, Colorado. I'm glad they enjoyed it, but I wouldn't ride that swing if they paid me!!
This is the view of the Royal Gorge that I took from the tram. The Arkansas River is way below. The next day my husband and son rafted the Gorge, one of the most extreme rafting experiences to be had in Colorado!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

American Basin

I haven't been sticking around Telluride much lately to take photos. We've been busy camping and taking our kids places as much as possible before school starts. This photo was taken last week when we were hiking around in American Basin, just off of Cinnamon Pass.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Small Colorado Mammals

One of my favorite animals in the wild here is the Yellow-bellied Marmot. They are essentially large ground squirrels living in mountainous areas at high elevations. They communicate by a loud whistle. We see lots of them on our summer Jeeping and hiking trips.

The American Pika is the smallest of the rabbit group and live in boulder fields at or above the tree line. They also communicate by whistling, but at a much higher pitch than the marmot.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

KOTO Duck Race

Friday was the annual KOTO Radio Duck Race! The duck race is a fundraiser for our one and only radio station. Over 500 rubber ducks race down the San Miguel River. You can purchase a duck and pick your number to try to win some great prizes.

Friday, August 7, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: A Night With the Moon

Earlier this week we camped in the San Juan National Forest near the Animas Forks ghost town, elevation 11,000 feet above sea level. The moon was so bright that my youngest daughter didn't even notice we didn't have our little solar powered night light. As for camping at 11,000 feet, yes, it does get cold! I'm sure the temperature dropped to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit that night.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009


There are 3 ways to choose from here at the difficult spot in Poughkeepsie Gulch, the most difficult trail in our area.

With the help of this nice guy spotting for us, Jay chose to go up the same path that the yellow Jeep had taken down.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


During the summer we spend quite a bit of time in and around the town of Silverton, which is just over the mountains from us and accessed via shortcut over Ophir Pass. Silverton is a former silver mining camp and has a population of about 525 and an elevation of 9,305 feet above sea level. This week we camped outside of Silverton at the ghost town of Animas Forks and drove several of the Jeep trails and did a little bit of hiking.

Silverton Visitors Center.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One Year!!

My blog is one year old today!! I can't believe how quickly it has flown by. I hope to enjoy photographing for another! It is quite a challenge to come up with a photo everyday, but well worth the work involved. Thank you to each of my visitors and commenters!

Thank you to Jayson Luber for using my wildflower photos yesterday on the Denver 7 news!! I was very surprised!

The photos I chose for today are more wildflowers on the Ouray side of Imogene Pass.

Monday, August 3, 2009


These are two of my favorites, Colorado Columbines and Indian Paintbrush.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ominous Skies

These are the photos I had planned to use for SkyWatch Friday. By the time we reached the summit of Imogene Pass last week, there were some scary clouds above us.

We didn't even get out at the summit sign because the wind was blowing like crazy. The sign says, "Imogene Pass, Elevation 13,114 Feet."