Autumn Has Arrived!

These are a few of the pictures I took yesterday along the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton. Fall is making its way to the San Juans! :)

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This area will be blazing with color over the next couple of weeks. Mt. Abram is the center peak in the distance.

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Yankee Girl Mine was one of the great silver and gold producers within Red Mountain Mining District. Unlike most mines in the San Juan Mountains, this was a vertical shaft mine with a “hoist house” that housed the equipment used to lower the miners and raise the ore.

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Red Mountain Mining District near Ouray

This quiet, little creek tumbles down several hundred feet from its headwaters on Turk Mountain.

This quiet, little creek tumbles down several hundred feet from its headwaters on Turk Mountain.

Several groups of aspen trees in Silverton are lit up with fall colors. :)

Several groups of aspen trees in Silverton are lit up with fall colors. :)

Crystal Lake near Ouray... love this place in the stillness of late evening.

Crystal Lake near Ouray… love this place in the stillness of late evening.

 

Happy Things

My brother-in-law gave me some advice a few years ago that has stuck with me… whenever I get the blues, he told me to write down as many things as I could think of that make me happy. Of course, there’s much more than what’s on this little list, but these are a few of my favorite things. Being thankful, having gratitude, always puts life into perspective. :)

  • Being aware that I breathe
  • Talking with and listening to my family
  • A cup of hot cocoa in front of the fire
  • Loving and being loved
  • The sound of aspen leaves in the wind
  • Going barefoot
  • Hearing the laughter of children
  • Watching snowflakes falling
  • Mountains and waterfalls
  • The sound of rain on the rooftop
  • Watercolor sunsets
  • Good music
  • Long-lasting hugs
  • Autumn leaves and colors
  • A great book and a cup of tea
  • Kindness
  • Hoodies and jeans
  • The gracefulness of deer
  • Warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream
  • Having faith and hope