Yesterday we journeyed up into the mountains to the west of Colorado Springs to the old mining towns of Cripple Creak and Victor. The gold rush there was back in the late 1800s. Cripple Creek was actually a boom town, larger than Colorado Springs. Then in the early and mid 1900s it shrank to nearly a ghost town. Now it has become a gambling mecca filled with casinos.
But we didn’t go there to gamble. Oh no. We went there to ride the train!! The Cripple Creek and Victor Railway is a narrow guage tourist railroad that runs steam engines. Whooo-whoooooo!!!!! It doesn’t go very far, but it has an open car so you can get great pictures and feel the wonderful cool air and smell the coal smoke!!! Oh, yeah! We loved it!!!
After our tain ride, we had a hearty lunch at Bronco Billy’s cafe. Then we drove over to Victor to the American Eagles overlook which looks down into an open pit gold mine. Awesome! Open pit mines fascinate me for some reason. I’ve seen open pit iron mines in Minnesota, and open pit copper mines in Montana and Arizona.
Since Victor and Cripple Creek are up at nearly 10,000 feet, we didn’t do any walking around. I didn’t want Richard to fall over.
Today we took it easy and tomorrow we will leave at 0-dark thirty, drive to Denver, and fly home.
It has been a nice vacation, even though we left Florida to escape the heat, only to arrive in the middle of a record setting heatwave.