Day 202 – Rocky Mountain Ramble, July 2, 2011
After stopping at the local bakery in Grand Lake for
breakfast, I headed south toward Keystone where I planned to see Cat again for
her July 4th weekend BBQ. On
the way, we passed through Tabernash and Winter Park and crossed the
Continental Divide once more at Berthoud Pass.
After taking a brief stroll around the parking lot at the
pass, we continued to Georgetown, a silver mining town built in the 1870’s. When America adopted the gold standard in
1893, the boomtown went bust. As a
result, many of its historical buildings were saved from “the wrecking ball of
modernization”. Petey and I strolled
around town taking in historical sites, including old churches, miners’ homes, a
school building and a firehouse.
The Old Missouri Firehouse was constructed in 1875 for the
Georgetown Fire and Hose Company No. 1.
The company served the lower part of town where there was no piped water
and where they could quickly reach mills that were prone to fire.
From Georgetown, we arrived in Keystone a few hours before
the BBQ. Cat and her boyfriend Zeke are
avid mountain bikers, so the majority of the group was mountain bike
racers. We all congregated in the public
area of the lodge’s back deck where Cat lives, taking advantage of the public
grills, chatting, and eventually watching the fireworks. A good time!
Off to Steamboat Springs tomorrow to visit family. ETB