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Road Trip Day 12 – Ghost Town at Animas Forks

Saturday 15th September 2018

Having looped all around, we drove back to Durango today and met our dear friends from Flagstaff with whom we are to share a few days of our trip. They have a 4×4 in which they have offered to drive us into the back country on the road known as the Alpine Loop to visit a Ghost Town, left abandoned by the gold and silver miners in the early 1900s and which by 1920 was a Ghost Town. First a gallery to show some of the sights on today’s drive of 186 miles.

From Durango off we went to find Animas Forks, a little town which I found very moving indeed.
Some of my readers may remember the research I did in 2016 into a Cornish tin miner who emigrated to Colorado, taking his sought after hard rock mining skills. This was the kind of place he may have come to. For those new to my work – his fiancée, Mary, followed him, travelling alone across the seas from Cornwall then across the USA to be with her John. They married and had a child, Foster, whose war grave is in St Euny Graveyard, just down the road from us. John died when Foster was very young and Mary returned to Redruth, with her little boy, to be with her family – another challenging and amazing journey for a young woman in the late 1800s.  Foster died in 1916, while in training to join WW1 and his mother died just 6 months later. They are buried in the same grave in St Euny.
I walked around this remote town in the mountains imagining Mary, fresh from Cornwall, in this bleak environment.

The drive was another challenging one but this time we weren’t driving! The Quaking Aspens were becoming more beautiful by the day, the road rougher and the destination more remote. What must Mary, coming to meet her much loved man, have been thinking as she made this journey at only 21 years old?

If you’d like to know more about Animas Forks, here is a link to Wikipedia 

 

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Little Hats,  Friendship and Leaf

A parcel arrived yesterday with two little gifts inside for our twin Grandbabies due in January. Today I received permission to take a peek!

Thank you so much, Brenda.

Today’s calendar had this pleasing thought from C S Lewis:

FRIENDSHIP is born at the moment when one person says to another,”What! you, too? I thought I was the only one!”

An autumn leaf for you.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Beauty, knitting

 

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Bracken, Beach and Sunlit Leaves

I had a lovely lunch out with good friends today and on our drive home, as we came over the brow of the hill was this beautiful view. I just had to pull over to get the photo of Portreath through the bracken.

Singing was excellent this evening and in a momentary break I noticed the sunlight on a young tree outside the door. I love how the rusty scaffolding colour is echoed in the leaves. Three minutes later, the sunbeam and the colour were gone.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Beauty, Cornwall, environment

 

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Cat, Wire-work and Autumn Leaves

A beautiful fluffy cat stayed still long enough for a photo.

Stylish cat

Stylish cat

I liked this house ‘name’ seen on our walk today.

Engine house

Engine house

Acers turn such a beautiful colour in the Autumn.

Lovely Acer leaves

Lovely Acer leaves

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2015

 

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Leaf Colour, Puddle Happy and Tree Colour

1. Despite the misty drive all the way and it being the middle of November, the trees were stll glorious in their Autumn hues lighting up the whole route.

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2. Grand-baby B loved her walk in the rain, splashing in every available puddle. She has grown so much since we last saw her, running, jumping, laughing her way through the muddy puddles.

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3. I love the colours where a branch has been cut from a Western Red Cedar.

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World Kindness Day, Autumn Colour and A Smile

1   It is World Kindness Day. Mark Twain’s words resonate with me.

Be kind- always

Be kind- always

2   Trelissick Gardens in Cornwall are a riot of Autumn colour.

Colour and a squirrel

Colour and a squirrel

3   and one to make you smile …..

I wish I were .......

I wish I were ……. Author unknown

 

 

 

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Feather, Seed head and Red

1.  Walking up from town, I noticed a pretty feather caught in the moss in the wall.

Feather

Feather

2.  Some purple daisies on the way have lovely soft seed heads.

 

Purple daisy

Purple daisy

Seed head

Seed head

3.  A  neighbour’s fence is covered in Virginia Creeper which is turning colour with the season. There is an Autumny smell in the air today.

Splendid scarlet

Splendid scarlet

We’re off to see Andy Fairweather Lowe in St Ives tonight – should be fun!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Beauty, nature, photography, Postaday 2014

 

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