Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Leadville 4th of July

We enjoyed our Fourth of July here in Leadville, Colorado. First of all, we awoke to 34 degrees and frost on the truck!! How's that for the middle of summer?

Since most of the staff had the day off Teri and I fed the crickets and cockroaches first thing, and then walked up to the Evergreen Lakes behind our campsite. It was such a pretty morning.
Evergreen Lake #3
There is still snow up on Mount Massive, but it is melting fast.
Mount Massive
Most of the Dandelions have gone to seed. Teri found this perfect seed head.
Dandelion Head
Leadville had a 5K run and a street parade in the morning, and then a free lunch and car/airplane show up at the airport. We headed up there around 11:00 for the festivities. The Leadville Airport has the distinction of being the highest elevation airport in the North America.

The first thing we saw was this giant snowplow. You've got to keep the runway clear of snow more than half of the year up here.

We had hamburgers and hot dogs while we listened to this local four-piece band sing some classic rock hits. They weren't bad!
The Band
With lunch finished we headed out onto the tarmac. A few planes had flown in for the holiday, including this amphibious home-built plane. Very exotic looking!
Home-built Seaplane
This Maule bush plane is made especially for short take offs and landings on rough ground. Look at those tires!
Maule STOL
We saw this Mooney come in for a landing. They are manufactured in Kerrville, Texas just a few miles from our little park model home. We talked to the owner and it seems that landing in Leadville is a bucket list item for private pilots since it is the highest elevation airport in the US.
The car show was small, but I got to see this 1968 Pontiac GTO, which is the same model as the first car I ever owned. Mine wasn't as nice as this one.
Pontiac GTO
Our final stop was at the Fire Department tent where they were giving out root beer floats. A tasty way to end our visit.
Root Beer Float
We hope that you all had a happy Fourth of July as well!

Mark & Teri