July Vacation - Twin Lakes, CO and Buena Vista, CO

Seven Blissful Days in the Rocky Mountains
July 1-7, 2015 - Being Colorado Guy, it's a little sad to do a write-up with photos that I title a "vacation," but that's the way things are. Currently I'm living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at least for now, this is where I belong. Anyway, below are my photos from seven days in Buena Vista and Twin Lakes. Special thanks to the Greens, Calhouns and Mosers for putting me up all those nights. You are wonderful friends!

Chaffee County, Colorado
A thumbs up upon arrival in Chaffee County at Poncha Pass. :)

Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Colorado/New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Peak 12812'

Point 12812 Independence Pass


Point 12812' at Independence Pass - This is a relatively easy hike to a 12er at Independence Pass. Look at all the wonderful snow still up there ... and I did this hike on July 4! :)

Linkins Lake, CO Linkins Lake - An easy 0.6 mile hike (one way) that begins at the first switchback west of Independence Pass.

Snow in July

All Photos

On the first morning back in Colorado, I paid a visit to Cottonwood Pass. Over ten years, I visited this place so often that I made a website dedicated to it: www.cottonwoodpass.net.

Oh... and look at that beautiful snow! :)

Dave Geisler & Steve Garufi Back in Buena Vista, I met Dave and Sharon Geisler of Minnesota.

Look, when a guy reads my book, has followed ColoradoGuy.com for years, and also has an alert on his phone when I post a new YouTube video, I want to meet him. I'm so glad I did! :)

Library Books Under a Triumphant Sky Book Buena Vista is a special town for me -- sometimes magical even.

The library carries my book.

It was also common to visit friends' homes and to see my book in a prominent place. :)

Mount Princeton, Colorado Mount Princeton. Ahhhh, it was nice to have an image to update www.mtprinceton.org. :)
Twin Lakes, Colorado

Twin Lakes, Colorado

Twin Lakes, Colorado

Three photos around Twin Lakes.

To Bill and Carolyn, you're all right. Heck, you're more than all right! Thank you for hosting me and making my Colorado getaway such a positive experience.

The gas pump at the Twin Lakes General Store ...

Mount Champion, CO A nice view of Mount Champion as I headed up Highway 82 towards Independence Pass.
Cascade Falls, CO One afternoon, I traveled into Chalk Creek Canyon, which is west of Nathrop in Chaffee County.

I spent time at Cascade Falls ...

Chalk Creek Canyon, CO Pretty scenery on Chaffee County Road 162 in that canyon!
St. Elmo, Colorado

St. Elmo, CO

St. Elmo Ghost Town

St. Elmo, Colorado

Of course, I had to visit St. Elmo, a well-visited ghost town in the summer months.

Adjacent are a few shots, but you can see years and years of images at www.st-elmo-colorado.com. :)

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