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Name:Mari-Anne
Location:Whitefish, Montana

Friday, April 22, 2005

Day 17 - Leadville & Fremont Pass 11,318 ft

Since almost the entire western part of Colorado consists of mountains, we had some pretty high passes ahead, and again, we stopped at the Ranger Station in Salida to make sure we wouldn't run into any problems. Denver had just made the news over the prior week end having been deluged by a huge snow storm. I-25 had even been closed from the border to Denver for a while. However, again, we were lucky and all was clear ahead.

We stopped at a City Market in Buena Vista and found some Artesan Harvest Rye bread that was "to die for." We sent an email to the company when we got home, asking if there might be an outlet close to Whitefish but we haven't received an answer yet.

We passed through the town of Leadville, CO, which lies at an altitude of some 10,000 feet and over the 11,318 foot Fremont Pass on our way up to the I-70 freeway. Unlike Montana, Colorado did not lack for snow this year, and Copper Mountain Ski Area was open and in full operation, it seemed, with all the skiers coming down the slopes that we could see.

Green Mountain Reservoir
We were taking another chance that some forest service campgrounds would be open, and we found a very primitive one by Green Mountain Reservoir, north of Frisco. The reservoir itself was mostly frozen but there was a restroom with some toilet paper and a fire pit above the shores overlooking the lake. The price was right - there was no charge!

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