North Sterling Park, CO: 6/14 – 6/17/20

North Sterling State Park is located in the northeastern section of the expansive state of Colorado. It is just east of the Pawnee National Grasslands.

The campsites are spread out, but there were no trees to separate one another. We were not on the water side, but we were directly across the road from the water. After we got settled, we took a walk up the road to a trail that spanned the perimeter of the large reservoir.

Looking back at camp.

Later that evening, Scott took a walk back up the trail to catch some sunset pictures.

On his way back down the hill, he caught a brilliant shot of the campground. Look at those storm clouds! If you zoom in, you can spot our white truck behind our fifth wheel with the toys still attached to the back.

The temperature was over 100 degrees when we arrived early afternoon. While it did cool down a bit overnight, it was still quite warm. This was not the type of place where I wanted to hang out in mid June. It was way too hot and I missed the beauty and the summer temperature in the mountains. That evening, we watched a lighting storm. It was pretty amazing.

Even though we did get out on the water with our paddle board and kayak, we had come here for one purpose only. Scott’s dad passed away in January of 2019. He wanted to spread his dad’s remaining ashes somewhere special. Scott was born and raised in Colorado. When he was young, his dad would take him hunting in Tamarack Ranch Wildlife Area, which is not far from where we camped.

Scott recalled how they used to stop at the Ranger Office to sign in and receive a spot assigned solely to them. The office was closed, due to Covid19, but Scott seemed to think that Site 8E was the last time he was here with his dad. So, off we went in search of Site 8E. The place was deserted. There was a two-foot electrical fence that we had to climb over. I chose to stay back on the road and allow him some time alone.

The next day, we drove through Pierce, CO, so that I could see the house where Scott lived in from Grade 8 – 12. He said it looked quite different from what he remembered.

Tomorrow, we head to a KOA in Fort Collins to do laundry and catch up on chores.

Golden, Colorado: 6/11 – 6/14/20

We had just left Buena Vista and were going over Kenosa Pass when a warning light came on in the truck. The coolant level was low, and Scott knew that we would not be able to drive straight to Sterling without checking it out. So, we quickly googled the closest campground in the area. We were lucky to find a place in Golden.

Dakota Ridge RV Park is located in a small suburb, Golden, just outside of Denver. It is a popular spot for travelers that want to be near the city and the mountains. They have a number of amenities including a beautiful pool. Unfortunately, the pool was closed due to Covid19. Scott reserved it for three nights since we didn’t know how long it would take to get the truck serviced. We were still waiting for a phone call back from the Chevy Dealer.

This RV Park is also located directly opposite from a biker’s hangout, Dirty Dog Roadhouse. The next day, Scott drove the truck to the Chevy Dealer roughly eight miles away. Unfortunately, he was unable to get a ride home from Uber or a cab. Nobody was answering the phone. It took him about two hours to walk back. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I decided to walk across the street to the bar/restaurant to pick up some take out dinner. I will say that some people (like me) were wearing masks inside the restaurant, but it was a completely different scene outside. I had never seen so many motorcycles in one place at one time.

You can see our trailer across the street.

Our trailer is to the right of the yellow building behind the fence.

When Scott returned, we ate our dinner while listening to live music.

The bar/restaurant is open seven days a week until 2 a.m. During the summer, there is live music on the stage seven days a week. I find it hard to believe that a popular “family” RV Park would be located next to this type of place. I asked the manager before we left who was there first. The woman emphatically said that the RV Park was there first.

We only stopped there because of truck issues and most likely will never go back. Once was enough.

The truck was ready the following day. It was loosing coolant and it needed to have a few hoses replaced. Simultaneously, the water pump on the trailer broke on the same day. Fortunately, Scott picked up a new pump for $125 at a RV store. He was able to do the replacement himself, which saved a nice penny. Everything had to be removed from the storage area, so that he could play with all the hoses.

If you are planning to purchase an RV in your future, I highly suggest that you only do so if you have a mechanical mind or a lot of money. Things do and will go wrong. Trust me.

Buena Vista, CO, Boon Docking: 6/4 – 6/11/20

We drove to Collegiate Peaks Campground in Buena Vista with the hope of getting a site for a few nights. There were a few spots open for just Thursday night, but they were completely booked for the weekend. (I guess that the masses are beginning to tire of social distancing.) A few miles down the road, across from Avalanche Trailhead parking lot, we found a BLM spot near the stream. It was a bit tricky backing into the narrow, uneven spot, but Scott made it happen. Unfortunately, we took up three campsites. There were still more sites open for more boon dockers.

The next morning, we drove to Cottonwood Pass and took a short walk up the Continental Divide Trail. There were still remnants of the white stuff on parts of the trail. As we got higher in elevation, the snow was much deeper in spots.

The view opposite of us at the start of the trail.
Here we go.
The brown, dirt trail suddenly changed to this.

It wasn’t long before I refused to go any further up. We were just out to take a “walk” which was turning into a “get your feet are wet” hike. I encouraged Scott to climb alone up to the high point. Then I filmed him.

This was before he went further up to the high point and out of my sight

On the way back down, we encountered some deeper snow. I like when I am following Scott and am able to take a candid shot.

At least I could follow in his footsteps, even though it was slow going for both of us.

Two days later, we took another ”snowy” hike to Ptarmigan Lake. During the summer months, snow covered trails are to be expected in Colorado at higher elevations.

This is a relatively easy six-mile hike to the lake. It was a perfect hiking day with temperatures in the 50’s and mostly sunny. As we gained elevation and got closer to Ptarmigan Lake, it became windy and there was snow covering parts of the trail. It also became a bit colder.

We finally arrived at the mostly frozen lake.

We stopped to rest and eat some lunch, but it wasn’t long before we had to move again to get warm.

I had had a headache for two days and was feeling under the weather. I believe that it was a case of mountain sickness. The fresh air has a way of making you feel better, but I was a bit cranky in the beginning. That evening we had some visitors! My nephew was driving cross country from San Diego to New Jersey. As he travelled through Colorado, he visited a friend in Salida, which was only about 30 minutes from Buena Vista. The next day, we met Pat and his dog, Harley, for lunch. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was for me to see family again.

Later that day, Scott and I hiked up the Colorado Trail from the Avalanche Trailhead, which was located across the street from our campsite. We couldn’t leave the area without at least walking on part of it.

It got very cold that evening. This is what we woke up to the next morning.

The snow was gone by mid-morning. After five nights of boon docking, our next stop was the Buena Vista, KOA to take care of business.

Scott was up early to capture some sunrise pictures.

Our trailer is dead center.
Mount Princeton is dead center.

Time to head northeast to Sterling, Colorado.

East Fork of the San Juan River Boon Docking: 5/31 – 6/4/20

At this point, Colorado had begun to lift more of their restrictions due to COVID19. Restaurants were permitted to open as long as they followed strict guidelines. As we passed through Pagosa Springs, we decided to stop and have lunch. We dined “outside” at Tequilas Pagosa and enjoyed looking out at the place where we had honeymooned years ago.

Pagosa Springs Resort & Spa

I have to admit that it felt weird to be eating and drinking at a restaurant, but we enjoyed it! About 30 minutes from Pagosa Springs, we found a perfect place to boon dock along the San Juan River off East Fork Road. There are several dry camping spots scattered along this river and they are all free.

You need to see the aerial view to see how special this spot was.

We both slept soundly enjoying the constant sound of the rushing water just outside our windows. In the morning, I found my perch where I could enjoy my coffee and the view.

The trailhead for Coal Creek Trail was a short walk down the road. We hiked 5.72 miles round-trip with 1,797’ elevation gain.

The next day we took a drive along East Fork Road to Silver Falls. It was a short, steep hike to reach the vibrant falls.

We crossed the East Fork River and continued on East Fork Road. On a few occasions, we had to drive through one to two feet of water. One such crossing was Quartz Creek.

On the way back, I took the wheel. It is exhilarating to drive through water.

The next day, we hiked Coal Creek Trail again. This time, we made it to the top of the ridge. In total, we hiked 8.93 miles with an elevation gain of 2,933 feet. The trail is partially shaded by the many evergreen trees, with switchbacks that slowly gain in elevation. Although, some sections were a bit steep.

Signing In
Lush Grenery
Remnants of Winter
Lunch at the Ridge

That evening, we were relaxing in our chairs when a forest animal came to visit. This was a first for me. The skinny creature looked hungry. We were surprised that it came so close to us. He ran away before I had a chance to.

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The next morning, it was time to get ready to head out. I offered to get up on the roof and sweep the many pine needles off the top of the three slides.

On to Buena Vista!

Mesa Verde National Park, CO: 5/29 – 5/31/20

From Durango, it was only 70 miles west to Mesa Verde National Park. They had partially reopened the park on May 22, and we were fortunate enough to get a site in Morefield Campground in Apache Loop.

After we got settled, we took a drive and stopped at Montezuma Valley Overlook. We parked the truck, and Scott began to walk down a dirt path. In past years, it was much wider and known as Knife’s Road. The road was narrow and steep, and the instability of the soil made it difficult to maintain. Today is is a short walking path to breathtaking views.

After dinner, we took a short hike up Knife Edge Trail. The trailhead was located a few hundred feet from our site in Apache Loop.

Scott was ready with his camera to catch the sun set.

Waiting patiently for the sun to set.

There are two main roads that take you through this National Park. Chapin Mesa Road is open year-round, and Wetherill Mesa Road (which is open May through September, weather permitting) was closed due to COVID19. Although none of the ranger-guided tours into the dwellings were in operation, we were able to take a self-guiding hike. Petroglyph Point Loop Trail is 2.4 miles round trip, with many sections of rock steps and cliff edges.

About a mile and a half in, we came across the old etchings in stone.

It was a warm day, but there were several cool spots where we were shaded from the hot sun. Below is a view from the top.

Next, we decided to hike down into the canyon via Spruce Canyon Loop Trail, which was also 2.4 miles round trip. It was a pleasant hike down into the canyon…

…followed by an unpleasant hike back up. It was HOT and there wasn’t any shade to be found, just high grass along a very narrow path tickling our legs. We didn’t see any other hikers…I wonder why. Below is a view of the canyon below us.

Near the entrance to both trails, there was a paved trail where you could see the Spruce Tree House. This was the closest we would get to it.

We got back on Chapin Mesa Road and continued to Mesa Top Loop, a self-guiding auto tour of 600 years of Ancestral Puebloan architectural development. There are short, paved walkways, most of which are wheelchair-accessible.

The last stop on Mesa Top Loop was Sun Temple.

We were in awe of these homes and how much still remained. I wanted to climb through the window and run around inside, but there was a sign clearly indicating that trespassing was strictly off limits.

View from the window

The last loop off Chapin Mesa Road is Cliff Palace Loop, which leads you to Cliff Palace and the Balcony House. Tour tickets are required, but they were not for sale. We just stopped and admired the view, while Scott snapped a picture of Cliff Palace.

I snapped a picture, too.

In the morning, we will head east to Pagosa Springs.

Durango, Colorado: 4/17 – 5/29/20

We left Arizona and headed to Durango, Colorado. We decided to hunker down there and not travel around with Covid 19 ever present. All National Parks had closed down as well as some State Parks, but we knew of an old KOA that was sold and purchased privately that was going to open up on April 17. When we purchased our new fifth wheel in Amarillo, TX, we stayed at the Oasis RV Resort. We learned that those owners had purchased the KOA outside of the city of Durango on Hwy 160. They changed the name to Oasis RV & Cottages Resort and officially opened on April 17, 2020. We were their first customer! They took a picture of us as we pulled in late afternoon on the 17th. Google “Oasis RV Resort Durango Photos” to check it out.

The new owners have invested a lot of money to reshape the campground and make it a “year-round” facility. One of the new additions was a new Pickleball court. We were fortunate to see the progression.

They poured the cement during our first week here. We played on the “unpainted” concrete court without a fence or net for the next two weeks. We spent a lot of time running after the balls. Last week, they installed the fence. They plan to paint the court at the end of the month. We will be gone, but at least we were able to play while using our Superman eyesight to call the shots. Of course, there may have been some cheating going on with regards to the kitchen.

We came here to practice social distancing, and pretty much only took hikes and bike rides during the week. We hung out at the campground on the weekends, totally enjoying the sport of Pickleball. And, I was fortunate to be able to Zoom yoga classes daily.

Oasis RV Resort is located 10 miles east of the center of the town of Durango, and a short drive to great hiking and biking trails.

Here are a few mountain biking areas to check out.

Horse Gulch

It is rated as difficult, but not all of the trails fall under that category. The initial ride up a dirt, rocky road took my breath away. We learned to take it really slow in order to sustain its continual grade upward. Once you reach the top, there is a trail map with several options.

Three Springs Trail

Three Springs was less than a ten minute drive from our campground. There is a practice area for beginning riders. Then, there are two easy loops that are fun, flowing trails. It’s a great place to improve your skills and gain confidence. I know that I did.

Sale Barn Trailhead

The trails here are intermediate to advanced, with a lot of different loop options. Here is a view along one of the loops. Our campground is located on the far horizon.

There are several hiking options within a short drive from Oasis RV. Over the course of six weeks, we hiked a total of 110 miles with a total elevation gain of 21,323 feet. Here are some photographs from these hikes.

View of Durango from Smelter Mountain
Vallecito Creek Trail
Vallecito Creek Trail … Time to turn around
The Colorado Trail at Gudy’s Rest
Our Four-Legged-Friend, Maya, getting a drink.
Castle Rock Trail
Castle Rock Trail … An hour later…
Haflin Creek Trail
Hanging out on Missionary Ridge Trail after hiking Red Creek Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument
We made it!
Walked three miles up the road to Chimney Rock. Took a different path back down.
Watch out for biting cactus!!!!!
Stream Crossing at Vallecito Creek
Cascade Creek Trail
Beginning of Pine River Trail
Pine River Trail (2 miles in)
Rock Slide
On our way back out, we ran into a friend at Granite Peak Ranch
Lizard Head Pass Trail
Scott trying to keep up with me!
Mount Sneffles
Andrew’s Lake
Above Andrew’s Lake
Struggling on the incline
Taking a break to order pizza for my mom.
Lemon Reservoir, our starting point, can be seen in the distance.
We had to go off trail to get back down.
Scott leading the way as we bushwhacked through the aspens.

During our six weeks here, it was nice to be able to see Molly for some hikes and a few dinners together. We are planning to stay in the state of Colorado for a good part of the summer. We both love it here, and there is still a lot to see and do. The National Parks are beginning to open up with social distancing rules in place. Our next stop is Mesa Verde!

Durango, CO: 3/20 – 3/23/20

We left snowy Glenwood Springs and headed west on 70 into Rifle where we stopped at a Walmart to check on toilet paper supplies. We scored one 4-pack of RV TP! I cannot tell you how happy this made us feel. Crazy, right? We continued west on 70 into Utah. Then, we headed south on 199 through Moab and eventually Monticello. Then, we headed southeast on 491 to get back into Colorado. Last, we headed east on 160 into Durango. While this was a slightly longer route, we were able to avoid the snowy passes in western Colorado.

Westerly RV Resort may be the only year-round resort in the Durango area. It is directly across from Trimble Hot Springs and Spa. Unfortunately, the spa closed the day we arrived so I am unable to comment on it. Their website indicates that they are taking this time to renovate their spa, so we look forward to returning some day. Westerly is a small campground with limited sites, and they partner with the spa for the use of their restrooms/showers. Thankfully, we have our own. There is a laundry facility adjacent to the manager’s small office. Two short blocks away was a gourmet food market/gift shop, a hardware store, and a liquor store.

The next morning, we drove about an hour west to Cortez to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to meet Molly for a hike.

We took East Rock Creek Trail and hiked roughly 7.5 miles through the canyon. The weather warmed up quickly and we began to shed layers.

Halfway around the loop, you could see the Sacred Ute Mountains off in the distance. No one is allowed to walk on this sacred land. Zoom in below for a better look.

One of the reasons that Molly had suggested this hike was because there is a vineyard located right next to it. We noticed this sign at the beginning of our hike.

They were not able to provide tastings, however they were discounting their wine. We made the right decision in supporting their cause during this slowdown. The message we keep hearing is to support the local businesses so that they can remain in business.

When we got back into Durango, we stopped and picked up dinner from Steamworks Brewery located on 2nd Avenue. (Again, we were supporting a local business). While the restaurant was closed for table service, they were providing take-out meals. I was even able to get a tap beer to go! Who would’ve thought?

It was great to see Molly again, however we were not thrilled about the social distancing issue. It was hard to say hello and goodbye without any hugs and kisses. Tomorrow, we head south into Arizona for a short, five-day stay at Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa. We are looking forward to warmer weather and summertime activities.

Glenwood Springs, CO: 3/14 – 3/20/20

We left Steamboat Springs to head towards Aspen for our last ski of the season. There are no year round RV parks in Aspen Snowmass. However, about 30 miles north of the resort is one of the only year-round facilities in the area.

Glenwood Canyon RV Resort is a spacious campground, located on the Colorado River, that offers cabins, tent and RV camping. In season, they boast a popular restaurant, an obstacle course, river rafting trips, and zip lining across the river. Additionally, there are several trailheads not far from the campground.

On Saturday, March 14th, we heard on the news that all Vail Resorts were closing immediately due to Coronavirus. The following day, Aspen/Snowmass also closed. Unfortunately, our new skis would have to wait until next season for their debut. We were disappointed, but fortunately for us, there were several places in the area where we could hike.

Hanging Lake is a short, popular hike located just off of I70. It is rated as More Difficult, (steep and rocky) although we didn’t find it to be that difficult. There was snow still covering a good part of the trail, but our micro spikes alleviated any slipping and sliding.

It wasn’t long until we reached an overlook.

When we got to the lake, there were people scattered about on benches enjoying the tranquility and beauty in front of us. Scott immediately found a place for the best photo opportunity.

The Viewpoint
The subject

Just before the boardwalk entrance to the lake, there is another trail that goes up about 600 feet to Spout Rock, a beautiful waterfall spouting from a rock face. Once again, Scott found his perch.

The Viewpoint
The Subject
Getting a little closer

The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path runs adjacent to the Colorado River. It is closed to bicyclists during the off season, however foot traffic is allowed. It will lead you to Hanging Lake Trailhead.

On Monday, March 16th, we enjoyed a quiet, leisurely walk along the river and then returned to our trailer to start preparing Corned Beef and Cabbage for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. I didn’t feel like waiting another day. Yum! I did good!

On St. Patrick’s Day, we took a five mile hike along Grizzly Creek Gulch. Parking was sparse at the trailhead, however you can park in another lot not too far away. Most of the trail runs alongside the creek, and there wasn’t much snow at the start.

The leader today
Remnants of an avalanche
His viewpoint

I don’t have a picture of his subject, but I do have his reaction.

He never complains.

The day before we left it began to snow.

Scott took a walk down to the river to take a few photos.

The next morning, Scott needed to shovel the roof and slide tops before we could break down. Our next stop is to see Molly in Durango to pick up our water toys and bicycles. To date, Colorado doesn’t have many cases of the Coronavirus but they do have a shortage of toilet paper. We haven’t been able to buy any for five days now and we are almost out! Perhaps we are beginning to feel the impact of this growing global issue. I know that we are both looking forward to warmer weather and saying goodbye to winter.

Steamboat Springs, CO: 3/8 – 3/14/20

When we left Jackson, WY, early Saturday morning on March 8th, the local forecast called for at least two feet of snow beginning mid day continuing into Sunday. We asked ourselves, “Do we really need to leave now?” We actually thought about changing our plans and sticking around for the snow so that we could have the Jackson Hole Pow Pow experience. Yet, we still had two weeks remaining to ski in Colorado until we headed further south for warmer climate. We kept our plans intact.

When we arrived at the KOA in Steamboat Springs, there was still plenty of snow on the ground, coupled with plenty of mud. We settled in and then welcomed a visitor, my nephew Michael. He would be our first overnight guest in our new rig!

The next day, Mike joined us as we embarked on a hike at Fish Creek Falls.

This 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail enjoys a 1,450’ elevation gain as it follows a creek meadow. The trail was snow packed and rather steep and slippery in some parts. While snow shoes weren’t necessary, we still brought and used our micro spikes for most the of the trail.

Snow Covered Boulders & Crystal Clear Water
Taking a break
Snowshoes would have come in handy here.
Check out how much snow is covering the bridge.

On Tuesday morning, Mike took off after breakfast, and Scott and I headed to Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. It was snowing and there was already three inches of fresh powder to play in.

The visibility on the front side of the mountain was minimal, so we headed to the back side of the mountain and skied in the trees. I followed daring Scott! Unfortunately, we were dressed for milder weather and both of us got cold riding up on the long, slow lifts. It would take us less than five minutes to ski down and almost fifteen to get back to the top.

As you can see from our smiles, we were thrilled to have a little pow pow to play in.

By Wednesday morning, the temperature was quickly rising, the snow was melting, and the mud in our campsite was expanding.

Scott wanted to get some truck maintenance out of the way, so I did laundry and we skipped the slopes. We decided to demo skis the next day. It was warm again with spring-like conditions – not our favorite. We quickly headed over to the back side to play in the trees again. We both felt a difference in our ability to turn quickly around the trees, undoubtedly a result of the wider skies with front and tail rockers to increase stability and flexibility while making quick turns.

Friday was another sunny, warm day. Instead of skiing, we made an unanimous decision to purchase new skis at the end of year sale. Since we were leaving in the morning, we would have to wait until our next stop, Aspen, to try them out. Spring was just around the corner, and they were predicting more snow for the next several days. Now, we were the proud new owners of Nordica Enforcer Free 104 skis – his and hers. Scott even bought new boots! He is no longer an intermediate skier. This guy was rockin’ it, and he is teaching me a few new things, too!

During the latter part of our week here in Steamboat Springs, there was news that there were more Coronavirus cases popping up in the state of Washington. We felt quite lucky to not be affected by this nightmare that Europe and Asia had been dealing with. We made our way south to Glenwood Springs, which is about 30 miles south of Aspen, hopeful that our last planned ski trip for the season would have a bounty of snowfall.

Breckenridge, CO: 3/1 – 3/16/19

The first of March began with a winter storm.  There had been only a few inches/dusting during our first two weeks here in Breckenridge.  We were very excited as skiing in powder has become our favorite skiing condition!  Here we are in the truck on our way to the gondola for a day of powder skiing.

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We got to the parking lot and Scott realized that he had forgotten his goggles.  We are now one for one on forgetting essential ski equipment.  The snow fell at a constant rate, which quickly changed the surface conditions from hard, packed powder to soft, deep mounds of white snow.  At the summit, visibility was minimal, and it was difficult to get your bearings with everything being so white.  So, we chose to ski lower down so that we could better navigate the varying terrain.  On our last run, I tweaked my left knee (AGAIN).  Is there such a thing as too much powder???  I do not really know how I fell, but there I was covered in snow.  Neither one of us took out our phone today to take pictures.  There was just too much snow.

The snow forecasts are varying and not always accurate.  It was predicted to snow all day Saturday, March 2, but there were breaks during the day when the snow stopped and the sun tried to peak out.  We decided to not ski with the crowds today, and Scott took this opportunity to clean off the top of the trailer.

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This view quickly changed by the next morning.  It snowed heavily all night long, and Breck recorded the overnight total to be 13”, but I think it was more.  Now look at our driveway.

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We were so excited about skiing in powder again, that we made record time getting on the road to the mountain.

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The snow was still falling steadily as we drove up Highway 9 towards Beaver Run parking lot.  Our goal today was to be one of the first riders on the chairlift.

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We were actually one of the last vehicles to get into Beaver Run Parking lot.  It was jammed packed.  Unfortunately, it was slow going at first.  We took the Quicksilver Chair to the Falcon Chair to ski Peak 10.  The lift had stopped running, leaving hundreds of skiers on a non-moving line.  We decided not to wait it out, and made our way to the Peak 8 SuperConnect.  We started on Callies Alley and Scott wanted to video me skiing.  So impressive!  Make sure you watch it until the end.

 

 

Scott and I did our best to find lifts with short lines that were running.  I had been wanting to ski Tiger, a double black run on Peak 8, but was waiting for powder conditions.  Today was the day!  Scott did not like it as much as I did.  He lost one ski close to the top and had to walk uphill, which was not an easy task.  We will wait until tomorrow to try this run again.  Time to head back to Peak 9.

The C Lift (a double chair on Peak 9) doesn’t operate during the week, so we spent some time there today enjoying trails that we couldn’t get to without a working chairlift during the weekdays.

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I took the opporutnity to video Scott coming down Peerless, a black diamond run.

 

This was the BEST ski day yet!  There was little wind today and we never got cold (until I filmed this video).  And, it never stopped snowing!  On our last run, Scott wanted to try following me with his camera rolling.  I didn’t follow directions very well.

 

Time to call it a day.  It was still snowing at the base of the mountain.

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It snowed all night but the sun came out Monday morning.  We lasted about two hours until I realized that the deep powder and my sore knee were not a good match.  If I don’t rest it, I may not be able to enjoy skiing with our friends that arrive this weekend.

We drove to Estes Park on March 5 to visit with Mama and to help her with a few projects around the house.  They have also had quite a bit of snow in the past few weeks.  There was a lot of snow to be shoveled around the property as well as on the top deck.   Mama was happy to have the company and we were glad to be able to help out.  Mama was sharing old photos with us, and I just had to post this one.  Papa was a very handsome man in his day, and there is something special about the old black and white photos that were slightly color enhanced.

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The following day was Papa’s birthday.  We went out to lunch in his honor, and we even shared a piece of his favorite cake, chocolate-chocolate.  Ok, so I ate most of it only because Scott and Mama didn’t want much.  On our way out, we drove to the trailhead for Long’s Peak, where we got married back on 7/7/14.  Maybe we will hike it again on our 10th anniversary.

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The snow has not let up much.  On Thursday, March 7, we awoke to yet more snow.  This is a peek from our RV door.   You can see the height of the snow on the roof of our shed, and the pile up of shoveled snow separating us from our neighbor, Steve.

 

I took the following video Thursday morning as the snow started to fall again.

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort reported a total of 30” over the last two days.  There were several avalanches on I-70 and Hwy 91.  Fortunately, no one has been injured but the avalanche warning is at High/Extreme.  Parts of I-70 were closed until they cleaned up the mess.  Loveland Pass as well as Hoosier Pass were both closed for safety reasons.  A-Basin Ski Mountain was closed for two days due to “too much snow” coupled with the danger of avalanches.  I can’t believe that we are NOT skiing!  I have to rest my knee if I want to ski with our friends next week, our last week in Breck.  It snowed all day Thursday, and we woke up Friday morning to another 13”.

Friday morning, the sun decided to come out and melt some of the snow away (ha-ha, not very much).  Scott finally had the chance to work on the truck.  He wanted to make a sliding storage drawer in the bed just like he had made in the Tacoma.  Here he is at the beginning of his project.

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About an hour later, it looked like this.

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Then, you will never guess what happened.  It started to snow.  The forecast was for rain to begin around 1:00 p.m. and change over to snow by 4:00 p.m.  We never did get any rain.  It started as a wet snow.  This project was put on hold until warmer, dryer weather returns. The snow bank in our driveway is now taller than 5’4” me.

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That evening we headed over to The Brown and Fox’s Den to see Terry and Art’s son, Matt, play the bass with his band, Tula.  I can’t remember when I went out at 9:30 p.m. to see a band start playing at 10:15 p.m.  We didn’t leave until after midnight, well past our bedtime.

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In the video below, Matt is in the center with the white guitar.  Check out the guy dancing in front of my camera at the end of the video.  LOL

 

On Saturday, the sun came out again and Scott was able to just about finish his project on the truck.  When we get to a warmer climate, he will add dividers to the drawer to tidy up the storage area.  For now, he will just load our supplies in as neatly as he can.

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We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our friends, Brendan and Denise, for a week of skiing.  It is hard to believe that today is the start of our last week here in Breck.  They got in late afternoon, and we joined them at Terry and Art’s condo for dinner.  After Scott shoveled out the back deck, Brendan took his post at the grill.

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It wasn’t long before another friend came along to entertain us.

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