Fourmile Falls, worth the price of admission

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Fourmile Falls Trail

Fourmile Falls, worth the price of admission

Fourmile Falls
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I’m not sure what it is about waterfalls that draw us to them. The sound? The power? The beauty? Perhaps it is our connection with water in general?  We need it to live and waterfalls seem to have an inexhaustible supply, falling from the edge of a cliff like a huge, magical tap that remains open forever.

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Grass with frost

Frosty Morning Photos

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Just a few pics from our backyard on a frosty morning.

Frosty Fotos - Durango

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Suzy and Twlight Peaks

The Ghost Trail

The Ghost Trail to Potato Lake (aka Spud Lake) only appears in the winter thanks to Seniors Outdoors and some dedicated residents who maintain the trail. To get there drive north on Highway 550, past Durango Mountain Resort. A few miles past the resort you will see a big green water tank on the right-hand side of the road. About 100 yards after that is a pull-out on the right. Just park there, put on your snowshoes and head out. Depending on the conditions the trip can take anywhere from one to two hours, one way. More if the trail hasn’t been broken since the last snow storm.

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La Plata River

Fresh Tracks

As a child growing up in Independence, IA, I was an early riser. I remember winter mornings, sitting in our TV room under a pile of blankets or clean clothes waiting to be folded, listening to cartoons while looking out at the fields of freshly fallen snow. We had an open lot right next to our house and catty-corner across the street was a city park. The lot was empty except for a couple of piles of top soil that were there for some unknown reason. In the summer they served as ramps for our bicycles. The park contained some of the usual things: pavilions, swing set, metal slide, etc. But it also had a baseball field, some city buildings, and a large silver water tower with a red top and INDEPENDENCE painted on the side. Calling the open space in the park a “baseball field” may be an exaggeration. It was a backstop with patches of dirt that signified the bases and pitcher’s mound. The actual dimensions were somewhat subjective.

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the slog

The Slog Called Pole Creek Mountain

Pole Creek Mountain is fairly typical of many San Juan Mountain peaks. It starts on a trail, moves to an off-trail meadow, then to a steep grassy section, on to a section that can really only be described as a slog and finally, a rocky cap that can be ascended in a few different ways.

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