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A landscape photographer's tour - Fairplay
Keith's travels in Colorado - April-May 2006
Return to South Park
On my way back from Gunnison to Denver I decided to pay another visit to Fairplay. Planning the end of a trip usually involves working back from the fact that I've got to hand the car back early one morning, and thus I tend to stay pretty close to the airport the night before.
Leaving Gunnison, US 50 climbs up over Monarch Pass, and the scenery changes quite noticeably. I thought I'd capture a set of pictures showing the changes, the differing views you get going over some of the high passes.
It starts off fairly arid - we are already at about 8000 feet.
A few conifers start to appear
It's now quite heavily forrested
This view from a stop at a sharp bend shows how far I've climbed so far.
There were bits of car wreckage down below...
With the steep slopes there are truck run off lanes. I think the idea is to see how many buckets you can knock down.
I'm not sure how you are supposed to read all those road signs as your truck hurtles on to the ramp, perhaps afterwards...
A few bits of snow appear
And lots more - nearly there now
This shows some of the snow they get up here
The continental divide is marked on almost any road that crosses it.
Here's one of the ways of clearing the snow
And the view looking East
Meanwhile I stopped off for a coffee in the gift shop, which boasts an impressive range of stuffed animals.
Keith - reflected
After a while I got to Fairplay, where the weather was a bit better than my first visit.
This view is looking towards Kenosha Pass, where I stopped off on the way.
South Park Sky
Back in Fairplay I had a quick look at the 'restored' South Park City, which although closed until May 15th, I was allowed to have a look around :-)
More pictures of trains for certain people back in the UK ;-)
This time I'm staying in the Fairplay Hotel.
Unfortunately it's Tuesday and it looks as if I'll miss the open mike spot and back woods review...
This is how my laptop is currently being powered.
I have not seen a light fitting used like this since at my Grandmothers (for the iron) in the 1960's
All seems well.
Now to find a telephone socket to connect to that internet thingy
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