Train derailings and abandoned mines

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
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What I did
Silverton Old Hundred Mine
Box Canyon Falls, Ouray
Cascade Falls, Ouray
Perimeter Trail, Ouray

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The temperature dropped to 17 degrees Fahrenheit last night so I was glad we had a cabin. It was also nice to sleep in a bed.

We headed to the Old Hundred mine which is closed and now earns its money through providing tours. The clothing we had to wear looked dorky and I highly doubt woulf help much if something went wrong down there. The tour itself was entertaining and informative. I particularly enjoyed learaning about the way they used dynamite. Mostly, though, I'll remember how moist it was down there. Water was constantly dripping and there was a stream all the way through it. I doubt every mine is like this but it was interesting We jumped back on the train to leave the mine and just after we hit sunlight it the train jumped a little and derailed. It was almost as though nothing happened. I had to laugh and then get a photo. I can now say I've been in a train when it derailed and survived to tell the tale!

We headed to Ouray to see the Box Canyon Waterfall. It was a very powerful waterfall and the shapes it had carved into the rocks were intriguing to say the least. I don;t like having to stand on a pathway though, it makes me feel too restricted. The chipmunks at the box canyon were cute and there was one fat one that kept lying on its belly.

At the visitor center they briefly mentioned a waterfall named Cascade Falls. I picked up on it and asked for details. We went there and hiked up to it. Then climbed up behind the falls. Chris and I saw a trail we thought may have headed to the top of the falls and had we followed one tangent may have but instead we started on the perimeter trail. The perimeter trail goes all the way around Ouray (hence its name). We asked a guy where the hike came out and he said across from the pool, so we borrowed his phone and let Tanya and Joy know where to meet us.

Along the way Dillon caught up and found an abandoned mine shaft. I didn't climb up but Chris and Dillon did. I simply waited. The terrain was a mixture of sturdy and slippery. There were a lot of loose stones that weren't very good for climbing on.

We walked a bit further and found another abandoned mine, this one I did climb up into. Using my camera, which was running out of battery, we took photos using the flash to light the way. It was extra creepy without a proper light source. We made it to the end and turned back. Chris told me to walk with him in case something happened - he didn't want to be stuck in the mine alone. Fair enough!

I really enjoyed this part of the day because it wasn't planned at all after the box canyon falls and yet we found some really cool things to do. The part of the perimeter hike we did was really enjoyable with a variety of cool landscapes to explore.
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