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Saturday, August 23



We put steaks on the barbeque today.  Albertson's was selling two for one petite sirloin steaks, and they were great.  We enjoyed using the park furniture made by Pilot Rock, and might consider recommending this type of barbeque at the ranch.






That's, Carrie, Vern, Debbie and Tracy waiting for the meat to be ready...








We also got to a sale at Big 5 later today and got some better sleeping bags (down to 5 degrees F).  You remember we froze in Leadville when we camped there in June.

Sunday, August 24

Had "church" today at the park.  Vern sang, as did Debbie and Tracy.  Vern gave a great message.  Several people form the campground attended.   


Monday, August 25

 We broke camp and headed for Happy Trails Campground, about 5 miles west of Pagosa Springs. After unloading the trailer, we drove through Pagosa Springs and up 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (10810 ft) to the town of South Fork, where we were to spend the night with Jim and Jean Pierce, more Bass Lake neighbors! 





They took us for a ride to Creede (Northwest on CO 149 then north of Creede on a loop that took us through the old silver mines.  Quite a trip!





 North of town are remnants of various silver mines.  That's a picture of the Humphrey mine in 1902, and what it looks like today.



Below are other pictures of the mine.
















This is the map from South Fork to Creede.  Our friends took us on the Bachelor Historic Loop north of town, and we saw may signs of past mining operations as well as great scenery, but nothing was as pretty as this young mule deer we saw along the way.











Tuesday, August 26

We had a great time with Jim and Jean, and left late morning.  When we came yesterday, it started to rain at Wolf Creek Pass which quickly turned into HAIL, so we could not take many pictures then.  But it was nice today. When we got to the pass today, we decided to turn up 3 miles to Lobo overlook which looks down on the pass.  This is what we saw. The road below is the road over the pass, and you can see Wolf Creek ski area across the road.









Here's another look on the other side.  From the overlook, you can see much of the San Juan mountain range.









It's going to be hard to come back to Oklahoma and Texas.



While we were up there, we caught this image of a Clark's nuthatch. 










On the way down, about half way to Pagosa springs, we stopped at Treasure Falls.

A busy two days.   But, before we came back to our campground, we decided to have lunch at  Hogsbreath Restaurant in Pagosa Springs.  (Seen on a sign there: better hogsbreath than no breath at all). Actually we really enjoyed our meal there.







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