More photos from my trip to Estes Park Pine needles. Ground squirrel (I think. Looks similar to a chipmunk, but is bigger). Once you get up into the hills, there are some pretty fearless little creatures that will come right up to you and demand some trail mix or whatever it is you're carrying before letting you pass. This guy said he was gonna rearrange my face if I didn't cough up some nuts or jerky pronto. More Colorado clouds. Clouds break at the peak of Estes Cone. Rusty bucket by the Eugenia Mine. I'm guessing this bucket has never held gold. Seriously though, Colorado mining country looks about as brutal as it gets. I couldn't imagine trying to make a living as a miner in those days.