Spectacular End to a Fine Day

Beau, Maegan, Claire, Kristen, Hilary, and Whitney all hard at work in the evening.
--- We spent most of the day (May 26) high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado getting up close and personal to one of the most important silver mining districts in the country.  The town of Silverton is registered as a National Historic Landmark and offers unique insight into a turn of the century mining town.  Well beyond town, after the road turns to one for four wheel drive vehicles, we had lunch at a restored miner's boarding house and then the owners took us on a private tour of their mining claim AND the site of the very first prospector's cabin which dates back to 1860.  Amazing!  Then, we had a stellar lecture on women in western mining towns right in the heart of Silverton's once thriving red light districts by an award winning instructor (Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser).

Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser lecturing on women in the West on Blair Street in Silverton, Colorado

The day ended with a delightful picnic outside of our rooms at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park and the students then retreated to the lounge to work on their blogs (see photo above).  Tomorrow we'll tour two of the most impressive cliff dwellings in the park, check out the museum, and head to Moab.

The group is fantastic.  They are great travel companions and great students.

-- Dr. Carriker

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