I’d say she made the most of the sunrise time that day! Once the sun was up, we bombed over the hill to Idaho Springs to see the waterwheel at the rest stop. I’m still kind of amazed the poor Merc didn’t scatter itself across the interstate when working its way up to the tunnel. Nothing like a 4k pull for miles at a time:
The rest area was pretty nice, but you only relax so much when sitting next to the interstate. The story behind the waterwheel was pretty interesting. The original contraption would have been a sight to see:
We did see a road construction sign and track marks in the dirt, so we were kind of wondering what we would come across on the way up. It wasn’t too long before we found out. Thankfully they came by right as we passed a pull off:
We pointed the noise uphill and started gaining elevation until we got up to the Santiago Mine. We were very surprised to see that the park service was there putting a new roof on one of the buildings. I guess they deiced to try to save some of the old structures up there:
A tourist train operated on this line over 100 years ago. It was called the Stairway to the Stars as it climbed high to the pass.
The way back down was pretty uneventful save for one thing. We were wondering where our buddies with tracked trucks were at. No sooner did we think that when both of them popped around a corner. Unfortunately for us, that meant we had to back up the shelf road for about a quarter mile until we came across a pull out wide enough for them to squeeze by:
Slideshow from the day (Click Me!)