We decided to try a video blog for this trip. Here is the first part: Matchless Campground. The video is a bit rough. I (Greg) have done video production in a former life, but I'm really rusty and need to get back into the workflow of it all....
|The first part of our trip. Courtesy Google Maps.|
|The Golden Burro Cafe in Leadville, Colorado.|
|Karen at the Golden Burro Cafe counter. Good service and food, but a little drafty.|
|Booths at the Golden Burro Cafe.|
Below are some of the sights from our walk in downtown Leadville.
|The Moose is Loose!|
|We found Food Trucks here. (I wish Los Alamos had some.)|
|Really? Can I hire a Sherpa to carry it?|
|The bike shop here had mountain bikes in the window for six grand. We will walk, thank you very much.|
|"Best Wild West Saloon in America" in historic Leaville, Colorado.|
|Beautiful Turquoise Lake near Leadville, Colorado at sundown.|
|The first night was stormy, windy and cold at Turquoise Lake. The weather was great after that.|
|Enjoying an easy dinner in the van.|
|More sights in Leadville. I guess this race is an actual thing!|
|10th Mountain Division training - painting.|
|Camp Hale (north of Leadville) is now a nice boondocking area, apparently.|
|Outside a place that serves low priced steak deals. We've heard from others that the steaks are delicious.|
|Overlooking Leadville from the historic mining area. Turquoise Lake in the background.|
A 360 degree view. You can more around in the Google Photosphere. You can't really see it here, but there is an old train trip that leaves from downtown and takes you on a tour up a ways into the mountains. We want to return and take the train at some point. There is also a really nice paved bike path that circles the town and goes up into the mining area.
|Flat enough to boondock here: 39.238587, -106.237171.|
|Monkey Love. The love graffiti was already there.|
|An outstanding view!|
|The campgrounds on Turquoise Lake|
Matchless Campground, normally in the summer months, has a fee ($20), but after Labor Day the company that runs the campground concession for the forest service lets folks camp for free until about Oct 2nd. (check before you go as the rules could change.) There was one open vault toilet in the upper camping lot. There are tables and fire grills in the upper lot. You can also RV in a lower lot that is just a big parking lot. Don't camp in the boat ramp lot as they lock the gate to that lot at about 7 pm and they get pissed if you are still in that lot when they close the gate. There was a guy working the boat ramp to inspect boats and spray them off if needed to remove nasty invasive water creatures. This CG is first-come first-served. It's designed for big rigs and fishermen pulling boats, but you can camp here in most any type of setup or tent. It's popular for fishing.
We took a hike along the shore and to check out the campgrounds, which are nice.
We enjoyed our stay here and would return.
Next up: Radium Hot Springs and Mugrage Campground on the Colorado River.
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