As a second escape to try and mend soul-mind-body Cheryl and I stayed a week at an Air BnB in Steamboat Springs Colorado. The BnB was cool but the experience was awesome.
Sunday 15JUL18 we drove up the beautiful Cache la Poudre Canyon to Walden and continued on through Rabbit Ears pass to Steamboat Springs. Having arrived late afternoon and…not wanting to waste vacation time we got right on it and did Fish Canyon Falls. This is a beautifully maintained Routt County Park where you can see a full 280′ waterfall even in July during a low flow year.
Cue Ground Squirrel!!!
Monday 16JUL18 I tried to put on a good face, force it, and fish the Elk River. We knew the Yampa was closed because of flow and water temp (aka tired) but no reports had indicated what the status of the Elk was. Well let me tell you. A carpet of algae 1-2″ thick, 147 CFS and still a fisherman every 50 meters. I lasted about 20 minutes before I put up my gear, found my wife and formulated plan B…ish. We went back to the Air BnB, changed clothes and gave ourselves a self tour of the fabulous Steamboat Springs (Springs). Some stinky others more novelty such as Iron springs or Lithia Springs-bottled for 7-UP. Anyway, great save.
Got to tour Howelsen Hill Lodge and Alpine Combined Olympic Training Center…in July and still SKI JUMPING!!!
Absolutely ridiculous and fantastic at the same time. Kids on ski rollers gaming up for cross country while other kids kitted up, went up the hill and practiced ski jumping form on polymer soaked with water. Meanwhile marmots distracting by trying not to become Red-Tailed Hawk meals!!!!
Later on 17JUL18 we did “The Land Up” on Mt. Werner, the main ski Resort at Steamboat. Summer fun. We walked the Vista Nature Trail (9,000′ me gasping). We rode the Mountain Coaster sleds (LOL), we played… mini-golf ( I enjoyed it). Lot’s of fun but since I didn’t know what to expect…no camera was taken.
Wednesday, 18JUL18 we did (she did) the core trail on bike early before the sun reached head exploding angles. I pissed off after 2 miles and returned to the pickup after getting video of Howelsen hill, buahahaha.
We also took in Rotary park and I”m certain it was this day.
My video was probably less entertaining.
The afternoon followed on with a trip to Strawberry Park Hotsprings, $15 per head and relaxing with pools of 102F down to 80F and a creek with cold spots apparently only I could enjoy!
Thursday, 19JUL18 we followed up with a tour at the Tread of the Pioneers Museum—outside and excellent, thanks Marianne! Followed by Paddle boarding (Mountain Kayak Sports) on Pearl Lake (8,000′).
Evening was celebrated by dinner at the ORE HOUSE (Steak House)!!!!!!!!
Friday, 20 JUL 18
Yeah I went back to get the picks for the Marmots and Hawks.
But then we went to the Yampa river botanical garden and I lost my shit. I must have taken over 40 shots before I actually got a Hummingbird in flight. Not their fault they gave me plenty of opportunities. Damn this garden is great, refreshing, magical and soul feeding. Enjoy!
The trip back through the magical Cache la Poudre Canyon was awesome and humbling simultaneously. Snow packs, streams, fisheries, bird and flora…and us. How about a moose?