Heart of the Rockies

24 07 2008

So, more on our trip to Salida. After our 2.5 hour car drive along route 50 (it’s only an hour away but we pulled over several times for pictures) we finally arrived in Salida. A little factoid, Route 50 goes from Maryland to California. Salida is a little town at 7,700 feet above sea level which is about 2000 feet above Canon City. It sits in the Arkansas River Valley and is surrounded by some serious mountains. Now I can understand why people kept telling me that Canon was in “the hills.” To give you a few ideas by linking to other’s pictures…

View of Salida by Flickr user teepoole

View of Salida by Flickr user teepoole

Salidas Main Street by Victoriaash Flickr

Salida's Main Street by Victoriaash Flickr

Mountains just outside of Salida by Ken Lund on Flikr
Mountains just outside of Salida by Ken Lund on Flickr

Webb and I walked up and down Main Street full of little artsy shops, outdoor gear shops, and antique stores etc etc. We went in most of them and then decided to eat lunch at the Boathouse which is at the end of Main Street with a view of the river which runs right alongside the building.

View up river from the boathouse.  Just downriver is the F Street bridge.

View up river from the boathouse. Just downriver is the F Street bridge.

This is an area where lots of kayakers come to practice and people stand on the F Street Bridge to oggle and enjoy the scenery. The F Street bridge, a two span concrete arch bridge, built, 1907-08 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Looks VERY familiar doesn’t it?!?!??! I thought it looked just like the Harrods Creek Bridge from a distance…they were actually constructed at almost the same time which I found very interesting.

F Street Bridge from birdgepix.com F Street Bridge from birdgepix.com

We had tacos at the Boathouse which were really tasty. Webb really enjoyed his…

Webb enjoys yummy tacos at the Boathouse

Webb enjoys yummy tacos at the Boathouse





Strang-e Adventures

22 07 2008

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve moved to Colorado, or as Melody puts it, “The Great Square State.” Now that we are somewhat settled in we have had a chance to do some sightseeing and actually enjoy that humidity-free climate.

A few weeks ago we took a drive along Skyline Drive which is extremely close to our house. To give a bit of a description of Skyline Drive, this is a one-lane, one-way road that goes up and along a ridge line which overlooks Canon City and the rest of the bowl shaped valley where we live. From up there you can actually see all the way to Florence which is over 20 miles away.

Mystic and 9th Street
This is the road we are driving on, what isnt captured in this photo is the fact that this one lane road drops straight down on the left and the right.

This is the road we are driving on, what isn't captured in this photo is the fact that this one lane road drops straight down on the left and the right.

The next picture is from the top of Skyline Drive viewing our neighborhood behind us.

Down below is my neighborhood. Actually its just about half the town. I am standing on Skyline Drive which follows a ridgeline of a what I would consider a mountain, but locals would call a hill.

Down below is my neighborhood. Actually it's just about half the town. I am standing on Skyline Drive which follows a ridgeline of a what I would consider a mountain, but locals would call a hill.

This is Webb looking down the other side of Skyline Drive to the West of Canon City

This is Webb looking down on the opposite side of Skyline Drive which overlooks US 50 leading to Salida, Gunnison, and Westcliffe…where we hope to visit soon. The scenery is pretty amazing out here if you can’t already tell…