Leadville is not considered a tourist town; the downtown is old & seems rather depressed. It is however, beautifully situated among Colorado’s highest peaks. It’s claim to fame has always been “the highest municipality in the US” but recently a nearby community, Alma, quietly incorporated & stole their thunder! Mt Elbert & Mt Massive are stunningly visible everywhere. Our campground is surrounded by the Rockies! It literally takes our breath away. One of the old mining railroads now takes folks up the mountain & we had fun being tourists. Our perky conductor had lots of fun stories to tell about the old mining days & local railroad days. He had even seen a mountain lion on one of his morning trips! We were not so lucky but I did keep a look out. Independence Pass, a route across the mountains from Twin Lakes to Aspen, is the highest paved through road in CO. Obviously, it is only open in the summer. We had to give it a try! Twin Lakes is a beautiful area that began as transportation hub for the gold & silver mines. The natural beauty of Colorado’s glacial lakes makes Twin Lakes on of the world’s most scenic places. Edward, Maggie & I had a lovely hike along the continental divide above the lakes that was relatively flat & doable for the “older girls”. Aspen didn’t really beckon us but the Pass did so up & up we climbed. Independence Pass has its own zipcode & is apparently, a destination in itself. The parking lots were full & the snow fields were filled with folks of all nationalities frolicking in the snow. Snowboarders were having a blast. Quite a chilly happening in mid-June! We are moving on to the remote & beautiful Sylvan Lane State Park. We are excited about the solitude but will really miss being able to communicate. I am looking forward to be at a lower elevation. 8500 ft is sounding like relief to me!