For the past several days, we have been taking it easy. We wanted to get out of that "vacation mode"..of traveling and sightseeing almost everyday. It rained for 3 straight days which helped to slow us down too. Ronnie and I are still enjoying our full-time RV lifestyle, we're just easing off a bit and relaxing so we can take in the full experience of it all.
|The pasture beside Mountain View RV Campground.|
|Our view of the Rocky Mountains from our campsite (zoomed in view).|
One of the many historic and scenic roads in the area is The Shelf Scenic Byway. It's part of the Gold Belt Byway, a scenic drive that travels through the old gold mining tracts in southern Colorado. This particular dirt path was built in 1892 for stage coaches and supply wagons traveling between Cripple Creek and Canon City. This route was filled with thrills and stunning mountain scenery. We took the south to north route from Canon City up to Cripple Creek.
|We saw this placard once we got to the end of the drive. We wished we had viewed this info first.|
|The road begins as a paved highway then travels through the mountainous terrain as a narrow dirt path.|
|This is the section that gives the road it's name, it's built into the mountain like a shelf.|
|A look back over the shelf-like road we just traveled.|
|The road continues through rugged country, following the Cripple Creek stream.|
|A view of "Window Rock".|
|Vegetation changed as we gained altitude.|
|Once we got to the end of the road, we saw the modern, open pit gold mine Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine.|
|One of the many abandoned gold mines we saw near the Cripple Creek section of the Shelf Road.|
|Cripple Creek has a very informative Heritage and Information Center|
|You can see the town of Cripple Creek through it's second story windows.|
|Downtown Cripple Creek...shops, restaurants and casinos.|
We made a quick trip to Colorado Springs on this Sunday afternoon. The city is about 35 miles north of Canon City. We plan to go back and spend the day exploring and taking that drive up to the top of Pikes Peak.
|Pikes Peak in the distance.|
I hung the hummingbird feeder out again and they came.
|This is possibly a Broadtailed hummingbird.|