Marble, CO (N39.07 W107.19)

After going to our friends wedding, we hung out at a cabin in the Rockies for a couple of days with a group of our friends. We were at a town called Marble so, of course, the first thing we did was go check out the marble quarry, which was pretty cool.  The only issue is that one of the cars, a Mini, missed the turn and almost got run off the road by a mining truck carrying hundreds of tons of marble down a windy mountain road.  But they survived unscathed so it is now only an amusing story.

The next couple of days, we just did a bunch of easy hikes in groups, I always forget how much slower groups hike than just one or two people.  I also forget how awesome the scenery is in the Rockies, not that I would want to live their permanently, but it is very nice to go back every couple of years to remember the splendor.

At the marble quarry there were the ruins of the old mill, which to my eye looked like displaced roman ruins

At the marble quarry, there were the ruins of the old mill, which to my eye looked like displaced Roman ruins.

They even made the benches out on the hikes out of marble!

They even made the benches out on the hikes out of marble!

More hiking in the snow, now with people to take our picture.

More hiking in the snow, now with people to take our picture.

There we hot springs flowing into the river, but it was a build your own affair as the retaining wall we built up on the left is washed away in the spring floods.

There were hot springs flowing into the river, but it was a build-your-own affair as the retaining wall we built up on the left is washed away in the spring floods.

I love Aspen trees almost as much as I love a empty trail out into the woods

I love Aspen trees almost as much as I love a empty trails out into the woods.

And of course there were plenty of alpine lakes.  We parked at this one then did a 3 mile hike to a more remote lake called lizard lake for lunch.  No lizards were spotted on the hike.

And, of course, there were plenty of alpine lakes. We parked at this one and then did a 3 mile hike to a more remote lake called Lizard Lake for lunch. No lizards were spotted on the hike.