|View of Lake Dillon from the Mesa Cortina Trail|
I'm lucky; my parents live in Colorado and have a vacation home in Breckenridge. All I had to book was a flight to go out there and visit. I arrived last Friday, spent a day at their house near Denver, and then up the mountains we went.
|Fantastic bakery in Silver Plume.|
First stop was at the town of Silver Plume, a teeny, somewhat run-down town right off the highway. There we discovered the cutest (and tastiest) little bakery, Sopp & Truscott Bakery. This will be a future frequent stop whenever we pass by.
|Georgetown Loop Steam Engine.|
|The Lebanon Mine tour. I look pretty good in a hard hat!|
Saturday afternoon was spent riding the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a three mile trip between the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume. Halfway through the downhill trek, we stopped and took a tour of the Lebanon Mine.
On Sunday, we hiked the Iowa Hill trail in Breckenridge. Not only did the hike have fantastic scenery, but old mining equipment, pipes and buildings dotted the trek up the hill and plaques explained what they were used for in the placer mining operation that operated on the hillside in the late 1800's.
|A water cannon from the place mine operation on Iowa Hill.|
|Section of the Mesa Cortina trail.|
But I made it, and so did my bag, and now I'm home enjoying a relaxing down weekend with nothing to do but incorporate the scenery and mining operations into my novel. Here's to a productive writing weekend!
(More pictures posted on Facebook.)