11 hours ago
I love playing schoolmarm so thank you for being my captive audience. Cuz really, what good is it to discover something supercool and not pass it on to others? So I compulsively share.
. Here's what I learned about the CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: It's a range of mountain peaks running from Canada all the way down to Argentina. The watershed to east of the Continental Divide flows into the Atlantic, while the rivers to the west eventually reach the Pacific. In the USA and Canada the peaks are called the Rockies. In South America it's the Andes. How cool is THAT?!.
If you've been to Colorado to ski, make sure to return during the summer so that you can do the roads that are closed during winter. May to October you can do both the Maroon Bells drive/hike and THIS:
INDEPENDENCE PASS. It's where the pioneers broke through the barrier of the Rockies into the American West in 1879. This is the highest paved road to run over the US Continental Divide. It's called Top of the Rockies. From here you can see the second highest peak in the continental USA. Mount Elbert. .
Until the railway come of age, this pass was how the frontier towns of Aspen and the valley were reached, by both pioneers and the native Utes. During the 1880's, donkeys, supplies and people arrived here by the thousands thanks to the silver mines scouted in this region. The pass is so high that the terrain is called an Alpine Tundra. It's above the treeline as the altitude makes it difficult for much to grow save for some hearty grasses. And yes, there is snow here in July.
Just before the apex, there's Independence GHOST TOWN. One of those gold mining settlements that went boom and bust in just a few years thanks to depleted ore. 👉Swipe and see my stories for video of the spectacular mountain pass as well a photos of the remaining log cabins, here for over 120 years👆. .
🔔Okay, well done. Class dismissed. Saved by the bell , aye?