Decided to ride from where we are staying near Aguilar. Visited the Ludlow Massacre mining site and then some nice gravel and pavement back to Aguilar. Treated ourselves to some fresh baked goods at the Sun Bear Cafe near the end of the ride.
This was the view from our RV park last night in La Veta. The fire was getting closer - 5 miles to the west we were told. At 9:30 p.m. there was a knock on our trailer door and pre-evacuation orders were given to us. We decided to hook-up and head down to Trinidad to stay overnight in the Walmart parking lot until we could make arrangements for a new place to stay. We made the Walmart by 11:30 p.m. and finally got to bed just after midnight.
We found a nice little RV park today by Aguilar, Colorado and it will be our base until we move on to Colorado Springs on July 6th. We went back to La Veta today to pickup a package and our mail. The smoke was awful and not a healthy place to be at this time.
Hoping that the Spring Fire can get contained in the near future. The winds here kick up every afternoon and evening and keep the fire moving.
Yesterday we decided to avoid the smoke form the nearby Spring Fire and go south into the mountains to hike the West Spanish Peak Trail. Heather and I hiked to the top of the treeline and then I continued solo to the top of West Spanish Peak - 13,625'
I had a few light snow flurries at the top and enjoyed the spectacular views. It was a very tough scramble to the top - very rewarding once I got up there. Looking forward to future hikes like this!
Nice evening walk to the local wine bistro, Deerprint here in La Veta. We even saw a black bear walk across main street too!
Headed an hour north of La Veta today to the San Isabel National Forest near Rye, Colorado. Found a nice trail that went through many stands of Aspens and finished at the abandoned Marion Mine. Marion Mine was in operation from 1906 to 1916 and mined zinc, silver, copper, and lead.
After our hike we drove a few miles north to take in the splendor of Bishop's Castle. A very unusual project of one man - Jim Bishop.
Read more about it here: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2047
And yes - you can climb everything you see there - it was fun!
Evening hike - we took a short walk around Wahatoya Lake and Daigre Lake outside La Veta last night.
La Veta to Walsenburg Gravel - Cooler day with clouds covering the peaks this morning. Originally going to ride up Cuchura Pass but decided on a gravel ride to Walsenburg and back. We are glad we chose gravel as the roads were beautiful and no traffic. We'll definitely do this route again.