Breckenridge, CO: March, 2021

Since we arrived on January 1st, there had been minimal accumulating snowfall. Many days were cloudy with snow, but there were few heavy snowfalls. Any new snowfall worth noting fell on the weekends, and we don’t enjoy skiing with the crowds. The last decent snowfall of 14” fell on February 12 when my daughter was visiting. She timed it right!

March 1st was a beautiful, sunny day. We were still surrounded by old snow embankments, and the resort roads were still snow packed from the plows. Scott did a nice job of shoveling our lot’s pavement, and this is how it looked for awhile without any new snow.

We set out to Beaver Creek Ski Resort for the first time ever. It was located about 45 miles west of Breckenridge, past Vail Ski Resort. What a beautiful bluebird day!

While there was no fresh powder, all of the trails were open. Some were packed powder, while some steeper trails had crud. The skiing was hard and fast – not our favorite conditions. By 2:00 p.m., we were enjoying a well-earned beverage.

On March 2nd, we headed back to Breckenridge. While the sun was still brightly shining, the conditions were more of the same – hard and fast. Given the lack of snow and skiing conditions, we put our skis aside and temporarily resumed snow shoe hiking.

It’s always nice to see a helpful navigation sign.

Bald Mountain Tree Line trail (also known as The Laurium Trailhead) is popular among back country enthusiasts. The trail can be accessed via Boreas Pass Road to Baldy Road. The initial trail is wide and flat, as weaves through the trees. Then, the switchbacks begin. Soon you will arrive at an old mill that was built in 1935. While mining is no longer taking place, guide tours and meals are available upon request with a prior reservation. Click the link below for more information.

The Iowa Mill

Eventually, the trail opens up with minimal trees and several wide open spaces for fresh snow runs.

It’s steeper than it looks. Trust me.

The distance to the summit is about 4.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 3,035’. We made it a little past these trees. When we turned around, we could see Breckenridge Ski Mountain.

A few days later, Scott went back to this trail alone and almost made it to the summit. Without snow shoes, the changing terrain and high winds made him abort the hike. Below is his view on March 7th. You can see an old mine to the left.

Our next hike was at North Tenmile Creek. The trailhead is conveniently located off Main Street in Frisco.

We decided to leave the snow shoes behind and just bring our micro spikes.

The trail is 3.3 miles one way and runs along the creek. I imagined how different it looks in the summer.

We headed back to Keystone on March 10th. They got a few inches of fresh snow overnight, but the conditions were quite different from our previous trips to this mountain.

On Saturday, March 13th, the “big 3-day storm” began. We were psyched for the potential of “feet” of snow! Unfortunately, Summit County did not get the brunt of the storm. The city of Denver and northeast Colorado were the big winners. I was, however, able to get out to Dillon for my first Covid19 Vaccine.

On Sunday morning we headed to Breck and spent the day skiing with our friends that had just arrived for a week’s vacation. They got here just in time for some fresh snow.

Bren, Denise, Scott, and me

We went skiing together again with the Ryans on Monday, and then Scott and I rested on Tuesday. On Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, we woke up to an additional 8 inches of fresh snow. Scott and I got out early to get some fresh snow runs in before the crowds came out. The fresh, untouched snow was sparkling on the ground below us as we rode the nearly-empty chair lift.

When we got off the Kensho Lift on Peak 6 for the third time, we noticed that Intuition had finally opened up. The powdery, soft snow on our first two Blue Intermediate runs were amazing. We were ready for a Black Diamond run. It was still snowing and the visibility was variable. We took a selfie before we headed down the slope. Look how happy we were!

Scott took a short video of me coming down the top half of this trail. We were both laughing and very excited! He veered to the right and I stayed to the left. This was the steepest section of the run. I remember telling myself that I was going to really go for it and not hold back. I began my decent with extra speed. After a few quick turns, I put too much pressure on my right ski as I turned in the deep powder. The ski went into the snow, got stuck, and I was airborne. As I did a face plant, my right ski came out of the snow and slammed down on the surface, boot intact. It wasn’t until after my leg hit the ground that the ski finally released from my ski. I slid a bit more until I could turn my body around and sit in the snow. My right ankle was burning and throbbing. It was difficult to move, let alone stand up.

Needless to say, I no longer need to imagine what it is like to come down the mountain on a Ski Patrol toboggan. There is also no need to repeat it. Been there, done that. Our last three days in Breckenridge looked like this. After receiving an X-ray, it was determined that I had fractured my distal fibula. Since we are sticking with the plan of leaving this area on March 20th, we will follow up in a week with a specialist in Durango. For now, a boot shoe will have to suffice.

After 79 days and nights in Breckenridge, the day came to begin the break down process. Unfortunately, Scott was pretty much on his own. He not only had to take down the skirting alone, but also put everything away on the inside. (Not to mention removing the slide covers and planks that he had made.)

As we pulled out of our site on March 20th, I found myself taking a back seat. We have about 8 hours ahead of us in the car. Yippee!!

Breckenridge, CO: February, 2021

I wish that I could say that the snow finally came this month. It did – but not here. The East Coast got hammered with multiple snowstorms, and the state of Texas experienced record low temperatures including snow that should have fell up north! Of course, we had to make the best of it since we are here until mid-March. Over 28 days, we skied 12 times and hiked 7 times (5 with snowshoes). Most mornings came with single-digit-temperatures, and the afternoons were windy and cold in the mid-20’s. On the last day of the month we awoke to -5 degrees. Brrrrr. In terms of snowfall, it has been sparse for this time of year. On February 4th, we got 13 inches of fresh powder but it was so COLD! We finally had great skiing conditions coupled with blasting wind. Over night on February 12th, another 10 inches fell. This was probably the BEST snow day since we arrived on January 1st. From February 12th on, new snow was minimal. We would wake up to a dusting or 1-3 inches. The mountains need several feet of snow to cover up the brown spots and fill in the top bowls. The Imperial Chair Lift, which takes you to the Summit, did not open up until February 18 for the first time! Only 2 of the 10 trails were open. Three days later, it closed again. We seriously need to do a snow dance. Here are some highlights from the month.

February 1st – Vail Mountain
February 2nd – Crystal Lake Trail – 3.0 miles with 1,000’ elevation gain
Crystal Lake Trail
Lunch break. Without our snow shoes, we had to abort the hike to the lake.
February 3rd – Snow began in the afternoon. The forecast called for 5 – 8 inches. We got 13!!
Our go to hike to the “Bench”, which was now covered in snow.
February 12th – Dani taking a rest at Vail
February 13th – Fantastic Day at Breck with 10 inches of fresh snow!
February 15th – Snow shoe hike to the “Bench”. Breckenridge Ski Resort in the background.
Moose sighting! Mama and her calf were relaxing in the snow.
February 15th – Molly and Mara, our new grandpup!
February 21st – Second attempt at Crystal Creek Lake Trail
I was wearing every piece of clothing I had packed. Wish I had my ski goggles, too.
This time we had our snow shoes, but the wind was howling and it was freezing in the open space. Aborted again.
Scott’s new famous meatballs. Yum!
February 23rd – Our first trip to Breck Summit via the Imperial SuperChair.
Of course we will “Yield to Moose”
February 25th – Lunch break in the back bowls of Vail
February 27th – Easy hike to Rainbow Lake
View of the town of Frisco and snow covered Dillon Reservoir
February 28th – A view of the ten peaks from Sapphire Point Trailhead.
Starting at the left, you can see Breck’s Peak 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 followed by Peak 5, 4, 3, Ten-Mile Peak, and Peak 1.

Another view of Ten Peaks from a different angle.

Looking at Dillon Reservoir from Sapphire Mountain. Buffalo Mountain can be seen at the far top left.

Breckenridge, CO: January 2021

We arrived at Tiger Run RV Resort on January 1st. Scott got the camper settled into our site, and then drove two hours to pick me up at Denver airport. This is our home for the next ten weeks.

Tiger Run RV Resort – Site #313

When we planned to spend 10 weeks in ski country, we were hopeful that COVID19 would be behind us. It was clear heading into the fall of last year that this would not be the case. One of the reasons why we chose to spend most of the winter season here was because we had met a couple from England that was also planning to spend a couple of months in the area. We really hit it off with them skiing in Jackson Hole, WY, back in February of 2020, just before the ski resorts began to shut down. Hence, they had to cancel their plans for this ski season.

Last year, we purchased the ICON Ski pass. This year, we switched back to the EPIC Pass. The ski resorts are following the new protocols put into place to ensure social distancing, including the mandate for having a face covering. The good news is that the new “reservation system” is relatively easy to use. The bad news is that the area has not had much new snow since we have arrived. Conditions at Breckinridge and Keystone are packed powder with hard, slick and rock exposed areas. By mid-January, the top of Peaks 6, 7, 8 in Breck were still not open. Still, we were excited to try out our new powder skis – without the powder. Makes a lot of sense, right?

January 4th: Breckenridge – Sunny and maybe 2” of new snow
January 5: Keystone Debut – light snow/low visibility

View of Keystone Village
January 5: The snow ended by 2:00 p.m., and this is all we got.

January 7: Breckenridge – Sunny and cold. Practicing mogul turns on Peerless.

Rather than continue to experience unfavorable East Coast conditions, we chose to put our skis aside for awhile and focus on hiking. An entrance to the Continental Divide Trail/Colorado Trail is located in Tiger Run Resort. It became a popular, convenient spot for us to take a shorter, two-mile hike, or a longer seven to eight-mile hike with some elevation gain. About five minutes up the switchback trail, you can spot our parked trailer. I’ve circled it below in green.

January 9: View of Tiger Run from the CD Trail

January 9: On the CT heading east

We eventually stopped and turned around since we didn’t bring our snow shoes today.

January 13: Heading west on the CT. This entrance is across the street from Tiger Run off Route 9.

January 14: CT to Hippo Trail. We took a break before switching into our snowshoes.

Total of 7.5 miles, 1,365’ elevation gain. Today was a tough hike.

January 16: CT to Hippo Trail. View of Breckenridge Ski Trails

January 17: My second all time solo hike on CT. Another view of Breck in background.
January 18: Mount Royal Trail located in the town of Frisco.

A Mountain Goat claiming “King of the Hill”
Closer view
View from the near-summit of Mount Royal
January 22: Beginning of trailhead located northeast of Breckenridge.
Midway

Untouched, deep snow that should be on the ski mountain!
Afternoon shadows
Snow capped Peak One and Two in the distance

On Monday, January 25, we had reservations at Breckenridge, but the morning temperature was so cold and only a dusting of snow had fallen overnight. The forecast was calling for more light snow Monday night into Tuesday, so we made a reservation for Tuesday and Wednesday at Vail. While it only takes us ten minutes to get to the “free” bus for Breck, we had to drive about 40 minutes to reach Vail Resort. Plus, parking costs anywhere from $20 – $50/day. On Tuesday, I chose NOT to bring my new powder skis, but rather bring along my old K2’s. There was anywhere from three to five inches on the trails in the back bowls. Scott did quite well, and I had wished I had brought my powder skis, the Nordica Enforcer Free 104’s. The early runs were great, until the snow picked up and visibility was quickly decreasing. We called it a day and headed back home. The following day we enjoyed up to at least six inches of new, fresh snow in the back bowls. It was a Blue Bird beauty and a little more crowded. However, Vail is so immense that you can certainly find a trail to call your own with virtually no lift lines once you are in the Back Bowls.

January 27th – Sun Down Bowl is behind us.

On January 30th, we got another six inches of fresh snow. Hopefully, this will continue as we head in to our second month here. It’s looking like Colorado again!

Durango, CO: 10/6 – 10/11/20

We both love the state of Colorado, and there is a particular draw to the town of Durango. Scott’s daughter is living there. It’s a bonus to get to see her while we play in this area. We stayed at Oasis RV Resort for the second time this year. We were here back in mid-April for almost six weeks while waiting out the impact of Covid-19 and staying put in one area. At that time, we were Oasis’ first and only customer to arrive on their Grand Opening Day of April 17. During our six weeks there, there were a handful of other campers as they were busy renovating a large section of the park. This time, they were more than half full. And, they had been fully booked all summer! We were given the same site as last time. The owners told us that they plan to completely redo this lower section to upgrade these sites like they did the rest of the park. Of course, their Pickle Ball Court was the main draw to stay here. We are totally enjoying this new sport!

We took a long drive on a gravel/dirt road through Aspen Trails in Mancos. It was so wonderful to see the dark, blue sky again – free of smoky haze.

Minor traffic jam

We hiked Centennial Peak Trail to Shark’s Tooth Pass. The hike began at 11,000’ elevation with Shark’s Tooth Peak at 12,462’.

I was not feeling so great today, and my breathing was heavy. We had been at much lower altitude for many months, and I guess I was feeling the effects of it. We ascended 968’ by the time we got to the pass. We sat down and took a rest before I decided to abort our hike to the peak. We hiked 3.27 miles round trip in 3 hours and 24 minutes, which tells you how slow we were moving.

“Autumn” snow higher up
We rested behind a man-made wall to get out of the chilly wind.

On our way home, we stopped the truck and walked across a cow’s pasture to take a few more pictures of the dazzling yellow aspens. I absolutely love to watch these leaves shimmering in the sun beneath a blue background. I don’t like walking through a cow’s pasture. Ewwww. Watch your steps!

Zoom in for proof of cow’s pasture or just focus on the trees.

Our second and last hike before we left this area was with Molly on Saturday, when she didn’t have to work. Why can’t everyone be retired like us? It was “another” beautiful day. This is an easy hike with plenty of switchbacks, offering great views of Durango along the way. We found it to be a great, short cardio work out.

The beginning of Skyline Trail
View at about the halfway mark
View from the peak

Once again, we said goodbye to Molly and Durango. Next stop, Heber City, Utah!

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO: 8/14 – 8/24/20

We have been to Estes Park several times before, but this visit was different.  Estes Park means family since this is where Scott’s dad lived since 1995.  The last time we were here was in March of 2019, when we spread his dad’s ashes in Rocky Mountain National Park.   This time we did not see family.  And, because of Covid, entry into the National Park was limited between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.  You had to go online to purchase a daily pass with a two-hour time slot that would provide you entry.  Ninety percent of the day passes were sold out months prior. The remaining ten percent of the passes were posted on line (recreation.gov) 48 hours in advance.  So, at 8 a.m., you would sign on to purchase a pass for two days later.  The problem was that they were mostly gone is a matter of seconds.  We ended up getting four passes that gave us entry on Monday, 8/17, from 3 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, 8/19, from 2 – 4 p.m., Thursday, 8/20, from 3 – 5 p.m., and lastly, Sunday, 8/23, from 12 – 2 p.m.  Not ideal times for summit hikes. We didn’t learn until Tuesday that we could enter the Park before 6 a.m. or after 5 p.m., but you still needed a day pass posted on your dashboard to avoid fines if caught. This process was certainly new for us. Like everybody else, we made the best of it. Below is a sampling of our visits into RMNP.

Fern Lake Trail, Hiked 8.7 miles, 1,490’ elevation gain, 3:20 hours
Fern Lake
Start of Mount Ida Trail. Poudre Lake at left.
Summit of Mount Ida 12,880’ – 10 mile hike, 2,402’ Elevation Gain, 5:52 hours
Coming back down. Goodbye Ida.
View of Mount Ida (far center and right) from Trail Ridge Road

After Mount Ida’s hike, we took it slow and easy the next day with an easy, relaxing hike.

Cub Lake Trail, 4.6 mile hike, 551’ Elevation Gain, 2:08 hours

We had a pass to get into RMNP for 12-2 p.m. on our last day in Estes Park. We decided to drive through the park and take the kayaks out on Grand Lake, which is just outside the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park is on the eastern side. It was mostly cloudy and only in the mid-seventies. There was a small group already hanging out, and we could see another kayaker in the water.

Getting ready to unload the toys.

We only lasted about 40 minutes on the water. It began to sprinkle and the skies became quite dark. We rode back to shore, got the toys back in the truck and the sun came out! We sat and talked with a couple that had just arrived with their inflatable boats and were actually going for a swim. They were from Michigan. LOL. That water was far too cold for my liking.

We left Grand Lake and entered the western side of RMNP for the ride along Trail Ridge Road to get back to the other side. We stopped briefly where we had sprinkled Scott’s dad’s ashes last year. It was here that we met a massive friend who took my breath away. Literally! We walked down a small path into the woods and found ourselves standing not 20 feet from a bull elk. We were standing behind a scrawny, little bush about 5’ tall, when this big boy stopped eating and looked straight at us. When he finally turned his gaze, Scott gave me the hand signal to start walking back towards the car. OMG!! Of course, we had left our phones in the car. So, Scott took my phone and walked back down the path to find our large friend. He is my brave boy.

It was time to say goodbye to Colorado. On our last night in Spruce Lake RV Park, there was an elk party going on. A parade of elk decided to walk around the campground. This is not unusual this time as year since the rut season is about to begin.

Behind the trees to the left was a hidden gem.
The Big Thompson River – My private swimming pool just 20 steps from our trailer.
Dinner at Bird & Jim’s

Next stop, Montana, the Big Sky County.

Summit County, CO: 6/22 – 7/2/20

We were here back in the winter of 2018 for six weeks. We stayed at Tiger Run, the only year-round RV Resort in the area. The purpose for our visit this time was to speak directly with the office manager to insure that we would be able to reserve a site for ten weeks this coming winter ski season.

Breckenridge takes on an entirely different look during the summer than in the winter. They had record snowfall back in the winter of 2018-2019, and there was white stuff everywhere.

February 2019
June 2020 – New Season, New Rig
Double Rainbow

Behind Tiger Resort is a section of the CDT and the Colorado Trail. This trail is for both bicycles and foot traffic, and dogs are also allowed.

We reached a point where you can get a clear view of Breckenridge Ski Mountain on the left.

Once we were nestled up high into the mountains, we saw a moose grazing in the fields.

She even blocked our path on our way back. We had to hang out for about five minutes with two bicyclists until she moved off the trail. Don’t mess with moose!

We left Tiger Run Resort at $110.00/night (full hook up but with no resort amenities due to Covid19) and we were able to get a site for two nights at Prospector Campground in Dillon for $24.00 (dry camping, beautiful, semi-private location).

This campground is located on Dillon Reservoir. There are a few other campgrounds on the lake.

“Dillon Reservoir, sometimes referred to as Lake Dillon, is a large fresh water reservoir located in Summit County, Colorado, south of I-70 and bordered by the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon. It is a reservoir for the city of Denver, and its waters are under the control of Denver Water.”

Swimming is not allowed, however motorized and non-motorized boating is permitted. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get our toys out on the water this trip. We did, however, get in a few hikes. Sniktau Mountain was only 3.66 miles, but the elevation gain was 1,276 feet. It took us 3:27 hours as I needed to make many stops as we headed up. We began at over 12,000 feet and my Asthma lungs were challenged.

Popular trail as many lost items were on display.
Far left is A-Basin – middle is Keystone – Zoom in to white caps in background to see Breckenridge

I took a video about a third of the way up. At the very end, Scott is sitting on the trail above me.

This is just after the first of three “false” summits. The wind picked up and it got pretty chilly.
Pointing at the marker on the summit.
The tunnel on I-70 heading to Breckenridge.

After a tough hike, we stopped at the base lodge at A-Basin for a cold drink.

A few days later, we returned to Gold Hill Trail No 79 Colorado Trail. This trailhead is a few miles up the road from Tiger Run RV Resort.

We snowshoed here during the winter of 2018/2019. It looked completely different.

There had been fire damage to parts of this area back in 2000 that we were not able to see with the winter snow cover.

You can see runs at Breckenridge in the far distance.
Bushwhacking our way back to the trail.
View of Dillion Lake

It was time to begin the job of packing for what was to be a two-week visit back in New Jersey. Due to Covid19, I was no longer comfortable with flying home. So, my wonderful husband said he would drive me back.

We found a storage facility in Bayfield, Colorado. Goodbye Columbus! Crossing our fingers that you will look the same when we return.

Medicine Bow Mountains, CO: 6/17 – 6/22/20

It was time to boon dock again. We left Fort Collins and drove west on 14 along the Cache la Poudre River. We found a perfect spot just off Laramie River Road, with a stream behind us.

When we left around 2 p.m. for a short hike, there were two moose, a cow and her calf, walking down the road. I grabbed my phone and was able to catch one of them before they retreated down to the river. It looks like we have some neighbors.

There are several trailheads off Laramie River Road, which is why Scott chose this location. We drove a few miles to the trailhead for Trail 177. We hiked 4.35 miles round trip to three lakes: Lost, Laramie and Twin.

There is a wide, gravel road to begin this hike.
#1 – Lost Lake
#2 – Laramie Lake

At times, the trails was difficult to follow, but I followed my guy through the soft, muddy grasses.

#3 – Twin Lakes
Beaver Dam on Twin Lakes

Our next hike would be our LONGEST EVER together. We hiked 14.29 miles round trip on West Branch Trail, which follows its fork of the Laramie River up into the Rawah Wilderness ending at Island and Carey Lakes. It took us almost nine hours through snow and overflowing trails as a result of snow runoff. Total elevation gain was 2,635 feet.

Here we go.
Crossing over the Laramie River to continue the hike.

There were sections of the trail that were flowing with water from snow melt. We had to hop on rocks and walk on logs to cross over. I slipped and one foot went entirely into the cold water.

The trail quickly went from this…
…to this

There was mostly snow on the trails for the next TWO miles to the lake.

Are you coming darling?
Are we there yet?
Island Lake wasn’t the only thing frozen. Time to add layers.
This is what summer can look like in Colorado!
The reason they call it “Island” Lake.
Beautiful shot, Scott!
A view of Carey Lake.

With wet, cold feet, we tackled our way back through the snow. It was a pleasure to finally get back on a dirt trail. Only FIVE more miles to get back to the truck. We were two tired puppies at the end of this hike. We both slept like babies that night.

The following day, we felt refreshed but decided to take a shorter hike. We drove to Cameron Pass and bought a day pass to Colorado State Park for $9. You can buy an annual pass for $80 and get into all of the state parks, but we didn’t think we’d actually get to many more state parks.

It was already after three when we started this short hike. While it is only 0.8 miles to reach Agnes Lake, it is all switchbacks going up. Once you reach the lake, there are accessible, partly-snowy trails to walk around half of the lake.

Looking down at the lake.
Zoom in dead center to see our furry friend on the rock.
Scott told me to walk across the log onto the ice so he could take my picture. Right.

On our last day boon docking in this area, we took an 11-mile bike ride on Laramie Ditch Road. The ten-foot wide gravel road gradually rose in elevation. On one side was a huge drop off to the meadow below. On the other side was a man-made ditch that connected runoff from the mountains to the Cache La Poudre River. This was part of an expansion project near the start of West Branch Trail. We passed and stopped to admire several waterfalls that were feeding into this newly created ditch.

It wasn’t long before we reached the end of the road.

Time to turn around. It started raining on our way back down, but the rain soon subsided. It is very normal this time of year to have rain/thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tomorrow, we will say goodbye to our peaceful solitude and return to civilization – complete with WIFI and a cell signal. Off to Breckenridge!

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.