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This #TravelTuesday, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip follows Colorado’s Alpine Loop for remote historic spots and scenic wilderness views.

The Alpine Loop is one of America’s Back-Country Byways, providing an off-the-beaten-path trip for adventurers in cars, motorcycles, 4x4 vehicles and even mountain bikes. Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains, the byway winds through the towns of Lake City, Ouray and Silverton, Colorado, for 65 miles.  

U.S. settlers moved into the area in the late 1800s to search for silver, gold, lead and zinc. They constructed a network of roads and railways so they could transport ore and supplies through the mountain ridges. Most of the mines are closed today, but the roads still remain, offering a rare and intimate view of historic southwestern Colorado. Remnants of the area’s past dot the byway – visitors may see once-booming ghost towns, old mine shafts and railroad fixtures.

Pictured here, Animas Forks was once a thriving mining town of 30 cabins and a hotel, general store, saloon and post office. When gold mining profits declined, investment in the town declined as well. And the town was a ghost by the 1920s. The BLM Colorado and local partners maintain this ghost town as a stop for travelers along the Alpine Loop.

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Well, I’ve heard (and tried) slow food, but slow cities? Chiavenna is one of them as member of the Cittaslow movement - its goals being pretty straightforward if you think about it. Such a touristic feast for the eyes can afford it indeed. Alpine Italy small towns can be admired best at day, and admire is what the (still small) hordes of tourists do. Totally deserved, I have to agree. The torrent running through the town, the medieval palace, old arches of even older houses, if only the weather would have been sunnier a skilled photographer could have shot at every corner another wall calendar page. I’m only a tourist though with a borrowed iPhone, so I’ll do what I do best - drink beer and enjoy the stroll. This Bruton 10 (or Dieci because Italian) was a delicious barleywine, so thick it almost tricks you into chewing that caramel and dates and porto barrel whatever dessert-like yumminess you happen to discover. Without any doubt, a deserved pairing with Chiavenna.

PS: yes, in the end I got a real glass. To be followed…

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Keeping Davos Safe                                 

The Swiss police appear to be taking security pretty seriously at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Bloomberg News reported:

Swiss security forces said they’re ready to handle any potential terrorist threat to global leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

“Since 9/11 we are always prepared for the worst case, so a terrorist attack’’ is a scenario for which we have planned, said Major-General Jean-Marc Halter, who as the head of the armed forces joint staff is in charge of the army’s deployment in Davos. “The teamwork between the intelligence community is very good, so we have so far no evidence or no threat of a direct terrorist attack here in Switzerland.”

Some 3,000 Swiss military personnel will be protecting 2,500 participants including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who are gathering at the annual forum in the Alpine town.

Read more about Davos security operations here.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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