Exploring More Back Country Roads
After getting settled in at the Travel Port RV Park in Lake George Friday, I spent the weekend checking out some of the back roads in this area, just a little west of Colorado Springs.
On Saturday, I traveled north on Tarryall Road ( Route 77 ) to Route 285, then south on Route 9, back to Route 24 and home. On Tarryall Road, I encountered a mule deer doe and her triplets, something I had never seen before, but have since learned is not entirely uncommon in areas of ideal habitat and proper deer populations.
You have to look carefully to count all three young ones in these images, but there are three and they appeared very healthy, must be great mom.
Along Route 77 there were several old, abandoned houses and cabins,
and one interesting waterfall below Tarryall Reservoir.
There were two small ( free ) camping loops right on Tarryall Reservoir that had three or four primitive sites that would work for a large rig.
Cripple Creek, Colorado
I drove through the small town of Cripple Creek, a former gold mining boomtown, now apparantly a gambling boomtown, early on Sunday morning.
The streets were deserted, except for these free roaming burros that appeared to be waiting for the gaming establishments to open their doors.
These were the only people I saw out and about this early in the morning and perhaps this is what the burros were really waiting for … free food handouts!
Just on the outskirts of this small town, as well as above it, and, in fact, all around the downtown area, were remnants of many gold mining operations, some of which were still being worked.
And only a mile or so out of town ( no images unfortunately ), on the road to Victor, is the enormous Newmount gold mining operation that can be seen from miles away. The tailings from this ongoing mining operation tower several hundred feet above the road as you drive towards Victor.
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