Today has been chilly and rainy with a high in the mid 60s, making it hard to believe it's now officially summer, and the same is expected for tomorrow. I heard that the high country got a little bit of snow but nothing that would affect my mini-vacation, shakedown cruise that's allegedly starting Monday.
I've been trying to think of a theme for my supposedly upcoming mini-vacation next week, because unlike my unscripted, unplanned, wintertime rambling, a vacation is supposed to have a theme and a destination even if it's a short, tiny, inexpensive vacation like I take.
The only thing I've come up with so far is I would like to visit some little mountain towns and take pictures of the late 1800s architecture that is so prevalent in the mountains. Most if not all Colorado mountain towns were built for one reason, and that would be mining. So there all fairly similar since they were all built at approximately the same time, normally from the 1870s till 1900. Often the biggest differences are how well the town was preserved, or if it was preserved at all. And the state of preservation is usually based on how long the mineral deposits in the area lasted, and whether or not the town adopted tourism to save itself.
I guess since I made a living during the last part of my working life in the old mining town of Cripple Creek, which by the way was saved twice from becoming a ghost town, once with tourism, and later with legalized gambling, the look and the history of old Colorado mountain towns has always interested me.
So maybe on this mini-vacation I'll visit a few mountain towns, take a few pictures, revive a few memories, and maybe even dig up a little history because all of these mining towns have a story to tell often of untold wealth and abject poverty, but whatever the story is it always seems a little clearer when you're standing on Main Street looking at the buildings that were built by the hands of the tough, rugged, hard-working men, that walked the street you're standing on.