Monday, October 25, 2010

Camping Snowblinds (part 3)

Here are some more pictures around the Snowblinds campground, mostly taken in the late afternoon.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Camping at Snowblinds (part 2)

During our camping at the Snowblinds campground, we drove through the forest service roads around the campground. It was one of the most beautiful drives I had taken in my life. No wonder Colorado mountains and the blue skies make great pictures.

Signboards on Forest Service Road 887
Cemetery at White Pine
This grave goes back to 1899
Ranches on the way
Mountains and creeks
 Bridge made by beavers ?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Camping at snow blinds (part 1)

Here in Colorado we get short but beautiful summer. Most people like me, make good use of those months camping, biking and hiking etc.

Last summer we camped at Snowblinds campground near Monarch pass off of forest road 888. The campground has around 20 sites near an awesome creek. It’s a walk-in campground without reservations. On regular weekends you will get a spot since not many people know about this place. The hosts Karl & Ruby were great and you will never forget them.

This campground is close to a ghost town named White Pine. A beautiful area, I am sure we will camp there again next year.

ATV tracks
Town of Whitepine
Slow down... People breathing - A sign board
The deserted gold mine
Our Campground

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hiking Thomas trail

A few weeks ago, I and Al Spinks hiked the Thomas trail in the small town of Green Mountain Falls, about 15 miles west of Colorado Springs. The trail goes through Pikes national forest (North of Pikes Peak) and is around 3 miles round-trip. One will see a lot of waterfalls and extremely narrow passages in some places above the steep canyon. It was a beautiful hike. Here are some pictures from that hike and finally my hiking buddy. He is a six year old, 14 lbs Yorkie Poo named "Manu".