Crested Butte, Colorado
June 23, 2011
This is where Slate River Road ended in a snow slide at 9,471 feet about 8.9 miles from the trails start. We had planned to continue the scenic drive up to Paradise Divide at 11.9 miles. You may notice that Brad is not smiling. The locals say that the snow pack this year is twice what they usually experience. Slate River was running fast and high in the valley as we ascended.
We stopped for lunch along the Slate River and enjoyed this beaver damn and mountain view with the sound of rushing water. The lupines where in full bloom and we saw fields of yellow avalanche lilies in bloom. They don’t call this Colorado’s Wildflower Capital for nothing,