Sunday, August 30, 2015
YOU WANNA LIVE THIS WAY---Part 3---SALIDA--LEADVILLE
NO NEED FOR MOBILE PEOPLE TO EVER SUFFER THE HEAT. The saving formula to know is that each thousand feet of elevation lowers the temperature 4 degrees on average. Colorado is therefore perfect for the summer--just pick the elevation you're comfortable in.
Denver was too warm so I started climbing till nightfall caught me--selected an exit at random and soon happened upon this closed road----Perfect---I settled in right there.
Turns out I was near Dinosaur ridge museum. So I walked over and got the story.
Can you appreciate the fact that you're looking at a giant's footprint that is 65 million years old.
West on 70 the serious mountains show themselves
The Eisenhower tunnel--one of the great ones--right through that mountain. The highest tunnel in the world--11,000 feet.
These are MCMANSIONS west of Denver--hundreds of them.
Further West at Dillon--even bigger mansions. Locals told me they are owned largely by out of staters who use them only a few weeks a year. I'm sure they are legal, but there's something immoral about this vast waste of resources. There are better things to do with wealth.
Boondocking in Dillon was a challenge--but I found a nearby frisby golf course and spent the night.
The town is ritzy ritzy with fashion name brand stores. For some reason I'm uncomfortable --even resentful of towns like this. Living a ritzy ritzy life is a sure sign that you're an asshole. Goddammit there are important things to be done and we need you, your creativity and your money. Keep in mind what happened to the Nobles during the French revolition.
Towns like this---Leadville---old-- historic--with colorful characters--don't set me off like Dillon does.
A man might choose this town to die in. Can you read the sign around my neck: says HERE LIES LES MOORE---NO LESS NO MORE
Just outside town, a vast open forest invites me to camp free and enjoy mountain views.
I stayed about 2 weeks with a variety of companions ---got chilly and moved to the forest outside Salida--about 3000 feet downhill and 12 degrees warmer. Down there a thousand feet is the beautiful Arkansas river valley. Love the view from my door.
Camped and hiked with an old friend here
Those are both "fourteener" mountains.
Higher up the mountain is a vast meadow with great views in several directions---it waits for you to come camp here--free of charge.
One day we ran across this wierd thing---left it alone.
And then we came back to town and clustered beside the river. For those with sharp eyes that's the popular blogger Kimbo Polo's rig in the middle.
Morning walk with companions Jeanne, dog Riley and in the middle is the blogger Kimbo Polo.
The beautiful Arkansas River. Arguably the most beautiful in the US
because it was selected by Christo for this whopper of a project he calls "OVER THE RIVER".
These three views show how it will look from high in the air, from the river level and just above it. it will be miles long in 4 separate segments making its way through a canyon south of town..
Like his other awesome projects it will stay up only two weeks. Read about it here .
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: If and when you become a butterfly, you too will flit about--resting on this flower and that one--drinking the nectar of small charming towns like Salida and Leadville. It really is possible and incredibly cheap. It's all I can do to spend $600 a month--everything included.
At this moment a million of you out there could squirm your way out of your cocoon and lift into the air to join me on the road. In the words of Walt Whitman:
" Come--travel with me! However sweet these laid up stores, however convenient this dwelling--we cannot remain here. However calm these waters, however secure this harbor we must not anchor here. Together the inducements shall seem greater.
We shall sail wild and pathless seas---we will go where the winds blow, waves dash and the Yankee Clipper speeds by under full sail."