We had no plans on Saturday, and enjoyed a quiet rainy day at the cabin, catching up on emails, blogs, photo editing, and clothes washing.
On Sunday, we drove north again on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway to see sights missed on Friday. Driving from near Creede, we traveled west about 26 miles, about halfway between Lake City and Creede, where we saw the sign for the North Clear Creek Falls. Turning right, we traveled for another half mile on paved Forest Road 510 to the Overlook. Because of the vertical drop into Willow Canyon, the observation area had been fenced. The area had new toilet and picnic facilities, and is considered handicap accessible. We first walked to the top of the hill to view Willow Canyon.
And then, we walked along the rim of the canyon until the falls came into view—my, oh my. North Clear Creek Falls is a 100+ foot waterfall carved into the landscape of southwestern Colorado!
From North Clear Creek Falls, we drove east on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway about one mile to Forest Service Road 515 (Hermit Lakes Road), then 1 1/2 miles west (left) to the Brown Lakes State Wildlife Area. The parking area and trailhead for Rex Falls are straight across from the Troutvale Reservoir as you enter the Wildlife Area. While the short hike was not difficult, it was not without pain. There was a large yellow jacket nest about halfway up on the upper trail. About five feet before log across the trail, the nest was in or on the ground. It is partially exposed on the right side of the trail. I received a several stings on my left leg hiking to the falls, and a half dozen stings on my right leg hiking back to the trailhead. You’d think I knew better!
Back at the cabin, we showered and dressed for a play at the Creede Repertory Theater, Always…Patsy Cline. It was the true story of the fast friendship and two-year correspondence between Patsy Cline and Louise Everett Seger Zurbuchen, a huge fan and single mother from Houston, Texas. It was an outstanding play featuring most, if not all, the songs of Patsy Cline. An excellent live band accompanied the singer, who nailed the performance.