Scott, Lars and Steve Visit St. Elmo, Colorado - March 4, 2007
My friends Lars and Scott (see third photo below) in
Colorado Springs drove out to see me in Chaffee County and we had quite a day.
We started with a short up the Whipple Trail and
captured some beautiful morning photos of the Collegiate Peaks. We then entered into Chalk Creek Canyon
and photographed some of the bighorn sheep common to the area and the Chalk Cliffs.
We also hiked the 0.5 miles to Agnes Vaille Falls,
which was largely iced over and covered in thick snow but still very much worth the effort to visit.
It was only after all that activity that we arrived in this special ghost town.
The area seemed to be bustling for St. Elmo standards,
as there were many signs of people enjoying winter activities.
The sound and sight of snowmobilers were common and a
young boy with his parents enjoyed sledding and tubing down various hills.
The fact that there were clear blue skies with no wind and temperatures in the
upper 30's probably inspired locals and non-locals to get out.
Below are some of my best pictures from our walk around St. Elmo. We had a great time!
All the best,
St. Elmo Photo Gallery
We pulled over from the well-photographed building that held the Stark Brothers Store and old St. Elmo post office.
This is the Pushor Building, built in 1885.
A good shot of Lars and Scott. We all had our
digital camera with us and each too 100+ photos. Lars'
photography web site is www.LarsLeber.com.
The gray building with the pink door is the Russell Thorp Building, built in 1880.
And just look at all the snow up there!
This is the Whitney Fobes Maine House, built in 1882.
I looked up at these windows and wondered the stories from the past I might here ... if windows could speak.
I got a nice photo of a line of snowmobilers! This is a very popular activity during the winter time, especially in the Cottonwood Pass area. :)
The sun reflected perfectly on this structure.
I did my best to post with the mountain in the background, but my feet kept sinking into the soft snow. It was frustrating, but kind of fun! :p)