August 1, 2016 Lake George, Colorado

Colorado Settler's Log Cabin
Colorado Settler’s Log Cabin

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.

Mulie Doe and Triplets
Mulie Doe and Triplets

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.

Mulie Triplets
Mulie Triplets

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.

Colorado Abandoned House
Colorado Abandoned House

Along Route 77 there were several old, abandoned houses and cabins,

Colorado Abandoned Log Cabin
Colorado Abandoned Log Cabin
Colorado Abandoned Log Cabin
Colorado Abandoned Log Cabin
Tarryall Creek Waterfall
Tarryall Creek Waterfall

and one interesting waterfall below Tarryall Reservoir.

Tarryall Creek Waterfall
Tarryall Creek Waterfall

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.

Looking Down on Cripple Creek
Looking Down on Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek, Colorado

Burros with a Gambling Problem?
Burros with a Gambling Problem?

I drove through the small town of Cripple Creek, a former gold mining boomtown, now apparantly a gambling boomtown, early on Sunday morning.

Burro Waiting for the Tables to Open?
Burro Waiting for the Tables to Open?

The streets were deserted, except for these free roaming burros that appeared to be waiting for the gaming establishments to open their doors.

Cripple Creek Sidewalk Attractions
Cripple Creek Sidewalk Attractions

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!

Cripple Creek Mine Structures
Cripple Creek Mine Structures

Gold Mining

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.

Cripple Creek Mine Structures
Cripple Creek Mine Structures
Cripple Creek Mine Structures
Cripple Creek Mine Structures

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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December 26, 2014 Imperial Dam LTVA California

Imperial Dam LTVA
Imperial Dam LTVA

Imperial Dam LTVA and Wild Burros

Imperial Dam LTVA
Imperial Dam LTVA

My campsite in the Northwest territories of the Imperial Dam LTVA ( long term visitor area ) is nowhere near as appealing as the ones I occupied north of here around Quartzsite and it is so very much more expensive! I had to pay $40 for a 14 night permit to stay here where I have been getting very used to paying nothing. Stiil, pretty hard to seriously complain about spending less than $3 a night to camp here, and for that small fee, trash dumpsters, water, and dump station are conveniently provided.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Imperial Dam LTVA
Imperial Dam LTVA
Imperial Dam LTVA
Imperial Dam LTVA

But as you can see, this place is best described as barren desert, not much in the way of foliage and I can see one lonely saguaro way off in the distance to the north. And although no one is uncomfortably close to my site, there are definitely a lot of folks staying here.

Costa's Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird

I have my hummingbird feeders set up and I have spent just one very chilly morning sitting out there trying to get some shots of the Costa’s hummingbirds …..

Costa's Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird
Verdin
Verdin

and this single little verdin that comes in and commandeers the hummingbird feeder several times a day, defending it from the hummers I am trying to attract. His beak obviously doesn’t fit into the hole provided for the hummingbirds to feed, so this tiny guy tilts his head and somehow laps up all the nectar that spills or leaks out around the feeder port and collects in the bottom of the ” flower “.

 Wild Burros

Wild Burro Road Block
Wild Burro Road Block

I drove about 7 1/2 miles out the Ferguson Lake Road from my campsite to the Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse on the shore of the lake today. This is a nice ride through the desert on a pretty good dirt road except for the final mile when you get close to the lake and encounter several rather hairy 20% ( or more ) short ups and downs, though I was able to navigate them with the Prius.

On this short trip I made my first encounter with these desert dwellers, wild burros, descendants of miners’ escaped or abandoned pack animals many years ago, or so I have read.

Wild Burros
Wild Burros

I wonder who trims the bangs on junior ?

Wild Burro Family
Wild Burro Family
Wild Burros
Wild Burros

These last two were seen pretty much right in the area where everybody is camped and I since have seen burros walking through the camping area on a couple of occasions, so I’m not sure just how “wild” they really are.

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