Monday, July 1, 2013

Road trip to Marble.....


What happened to June? One minute it was here, and the next we had visitors...and after that the month just whizzed by! My sister and brother-in-law came out for ten days; their second visit. They first came out just a few months after we arrived when it was all as new to us as it was to them! Now we are seasoned 'Coloradoans', well maybe not that seasoned, but we do know more of the beautiful state we have called home for the last 4 3/4 years!

We decided to take a trip up into the Rockies and found a lovely log cabin to rent just outside of the town of Marble. Marble is well named, marble from the surrounding mountains has been used to create the Lincoln memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, as well as many other state and federal buildings and landmarks across the United States.

Just out side of the town limits, a short drive up this dirt track.....

The cabin we rented for a few days. Beautifully appointed, and set in a gorgeous location.

Set up on a hillside, over looking some meadows and to the right of us the Beaver Lake.

Honestly just the most beautiful location, the six hour drive to get here was more than worth it!

The Crystal River, we had planned to hike along the river but changed our minds once we got there. The track along the river was busy with 4 wheel drives and ATV's so we changed our plans and had a wander around the town instead.

Marble was once a booming little town, several of the old buildings are still standing, including this one which is a now a great barbecue restaurant.

One of the houses that is still on Main Street, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was fascinating wandering around the little town, the old school house is now a museum and we spent an hour or so listening to the museum curator telling us all about how the marble is mined and where  in the country it is used. The marble extracted from the mountain is so fine and so white 80% of it is now exported to Italy!

We just loved this sweet little house! Seeing old houses like this one always makes me wonder, who built, how long did they live there and why did they abandon it. I hope someone rescues it and fixes it up before too long.

We were very tempted by the cocktail list at the Groovin' BBQ restaurant, especially the last one on the we didn't go there! It was a hot day and all we wanted was a sweet iced tea!

We really enjoyed exploring Marble - the locals could not have been friendlier and the barbecue food was delicious, even though we were planning to do our own barbecue for dinner again that evening!

As it July 1st I've changed my desktop for July calendar  from  Mollie at Wild Olive. Mollie is planning a book themed month of posts, which I for one am really looking forward to reading.

Do you have plans for a short break this Summer? I hope you do!
Happy Monday!

1 comment:

  1. I feel just the same way you do about tumble down old houses ... they were someone's home once and you can almost hear the echo of long ago footsteps and distant voices.

    that looks like a great place for a break :)


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