|Looking down at the deep blue lake from California Pass|
Larry and I are on a jeep excursion with Mild2Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours. For several hours we’ve been jostled on sharp hairpin turns as we ascended to this high point of our journey. Snow lingers on the mountains, and some folks can’t resist an opportunity to crunch their feet in the winter remains. We climb a rock hill to better appreciate the wilderness and natural beauty all around.
|California Pass is almost 13,000 feet elevation|
|Jeeps from Wild and Mild outfitters|
|Beautiful fields of flowers bloomed in July|
|Trails took us to several old mining towns.|
Trains traveled only three mph on this steep path. Mining could be an easy way to make money, although the process was often dangerous. More than 200 deaths occurred from avalanches alone during the active mining period.
Mace tells about Otto Mears, a Russian immigrant, who had a huge impact on this area. He was responsible for constructing 500 miles of roads, and he purchased trains and built railroads. He was also a chief negotiator with Utes because getting to the mines involved crossing Indian territory.
|Gorgeous views, but I'm glad we let the experts drive on these|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier