Hello! Grace here for another recap of my glorious week in Colorado. So, after our camping adventure, we headed to the old mining town of Victor. We had a great old-fashioned lunch at the Fortune Club, (malts and burgers!) and then proceeded to explore the town and the old and abandoned mining places around it. We went into a shop where they handmade brooms and did tinwork. Grandpa got me a beautiful small tin cup and also an old (antique?) and discontinued Monopoly game piece. It is an overflowing sack of cash. We then went to an in-use quarry. It was huge! There was an approaching storm and some thunder, and the people who were working on the road came up to tell us to get off the hill since there was lightning danger. And, while I'm on the subject of mines, we hiked around in Open Spaces and I climbed a lot too!
After looking at broken-down shacks and decomposing fences around the old mines, we drove to Cripple Creek. We went to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. You put your hard hats on and got into a little tiny cage and they put you down a dark mine shaft going down to 1,000 ft. Going down a mine shaft in a tiny cage is like an elevator, so it wasn't really my cup of tea, but none-the-less it was an experience. The mines were really cool, and we learned about the tools they used back then and the tools they use now. We even saw a real vein of gold!
Our next stop was the Wolf Center. I love wolves and seeing them in person was really awesome! I was shocked to see that wolves are becoming endangered and that so many people had rights to trap and kill them. As we were driving, we drove right into a big storm. Grandpa got the ponchos out of the back of the truck and we drove on. We got into the visitor center there and it was pouring down rain. Lightning and thunder were going crazy. But, thankfully, it stopped, and we could go on with the tour.
These wolves are so beautiful. Their fur and their eyes...
This one chowing down on the meat and looking majestic in the picture below, is Micah. He was my favorite. He was beautiful and had endless energy!
This black wolf is the grandson of the wolf used in the making of the Twilight movies. I think they used him in the movies and also as a model for the CGI.
Last but not least, the Artic wolf. He was stunning and very, very hungry! At the end of the tour, our guide led us in a wolf howl. The wolves howled back! It went on for a long time and sounded amazing. It was a great experience!