The first stop in Colorado was Colorado Springs, where our travelling bunch had a nice break from long days of driving. Three nights were spent in the welcoming home of a local friend, who was also nice enough to act as a tour guide. After a long day of driving, it was great to just go for take away burgers from Culver’s and have a couple local microbrewery beers on the couch.
First up the next day was lunch at Carrabba’s Italian grill, where delicious lobster mac ‘n’ cheese was devoured with joy. Then off to Denver, where the main focus was on visiting local microbreweries, like Trve Brewing, and sampling their products.
The second day started with a hearty (meaning enormous) breakfast at King’s Chef Diner, just the thing before spending the afternoon mainly outdoors enjoying the beautiful nature of the Rocky Mountains. A few hours walking around the foothills of Pikes Peak in Green Mountain Falls was an enchanting experience. A short stop in Manitou Springs and a dinner of home-grilled flank steak fajitas made the day.
Then it was time to move on a bit north to Boulder, a university town known for the inhabitants lack of a sense of fashion and overall a very different style of life compared to neighboring areas, leading to the nickname “The Boulder Bubble”. The first stop was at the Boulder Brewing Company, where lunch was followed by a brewery tour and free tastings.
Again our happy troop was lucky enough to have a local guide for the evening in Boulder. Happy hour margaritas along with deluxe queso and tropical guacamole were enjoyed in the rooftop terrace of Rio Grande, then mojitos at Old Chicago, local ice cream in the Pearl Street pedestrian area and Das Boot beers at the Bohemian Biergarten. The evening was finished of with cupcakes at a local bakery. Fun night!
The following day started early with breakfast at The Buff, which included great eggs benedict and fresh strawberries, very welcome after a diet of mainly meat and cheese for the past week. Then it was again time to get back on the road. Heading southwest through the Rockies was an awesome experience: amazing scenery, plenty of wildlife including different types of deer and chipmunks and small, more or less derelict towns. A detour to the ghost town of St. Elmo, a former gold and silver mining community which had its heyday in the 1890’s, was well worth the 15 mile drive up to above 3000 m. Hummingbirds buzzed around and chipmunks ate heartily from the hands of tourists eager to feed them with sunflower seeds in the peaceful and quite surroundings.
Then onwards on highway 160 down serpentine roads with unbelievable views up to snow-covered peaks and down into green valleys. The fact that the downhill parts had separate safety ramps for runaway trucks was daunting, but the Ford Edge SUV was up to the job and got everyone down safely.
For dinner, a stop was made at yet again a local brewery restaurant, the Steamworks in Durango, where burgers and local brews were tasted. Then on still to Cortez for the night. After 13 hours on the road, sleep came easily. The next day would continue to new areas of the Southwest and alarms were set for 7 a.m. once more.
Epicness of the Colorado landscape on The Scale of Epicness: