2013 Western Trip Day 5, June 3rd

Today we woke at 6 am to bright sunshine, ate breakfast and were on the road to Ft. Collins to pick up Denny & Jane by 7 am. We arrived at Denny’s brother Joe’s house sometime around 8:15 am where Joe and his wife Nancy invited us in for coffee, blueberries, and gigantic sweet strawberry’s before we hit the road. We sat out on their deck and enjoyed the wonderful morning weather and took in the surrounding scenery. We were treated to a special surprise by the appearance of Joe & Nancey’s son Matt who serves in the Marines and was home on leave.

Joe, Nancy, & Matt

Joe, Nancy, & Matt

Our "before" photo, myself, Babs, Denny, & Jane.

Our “before” photo, myself, Babs, Denny, & Jane.

After leaving Joe’s house we took an around about ride touring the foot hills until finally ending up on SR14 which winds it’s way across the mountains toward Steam Boat Springs, CO.  Our route first took us across Cameron Pass at 10,276 feet. Here are a few of the sights along the way.

Snow capped mountains

Snow capped mountains

Raging Mountain River

Raging Mountain River

Prelude to a waterfall

Prelude to a waterfall

The Falls

The Falls

Mountain Plumbing

Mountain Plumbing

Our first try for a picnic table

Our first try for a picnic table

We stopped for a picnic lunch at a park in the little town called Walden, CO. Just before we had arrived in Walden, Jane spotted a Big Horn Ewe which was confirmed by a poster picture in the park shelter. The wind blew a constant 20-30 miles per hour causing us to be holding everything down while we ate.

Picnic lunch

Picnic lunch

Leaving Walden, we continued west over Rabbit Ears Pass at 9,500 feet. The pass is named after a rock formation the resembles rabbit ears if your vision is 20/200 or worse. All along the way we were treated to spectacular scenery.

Magnificent Mountains

Scenic View

Scenic View

Rugged Mountains

Rugged Mountains

We arrived in Steamboat Springs around 3 pm. and decided to call ahead to our proposed days destination of Vernal, UT to secure lodging. We did this because Babs & I had a bad experience of not finding any lodging available on one trip and ended up driving another 100 miles to get a room. Experience must be a good teacher because no rooms were to be found in Vernal. As a result we continued driving another 40 miles from Steamboat Springs to Craig, CO where we are staying tonight at a Hampton Inn. After dinner, I hopped into the hot tub and went for a swim in the saltwater pool. Very refreshing!

We were going to Dinosaur National Monument tomorrow, but Babs and Denny put their heads together and we are now heading to Flaming Gouge, WY and then back on route to Pocatello, ID.

Babs Says: Wind makes picnicking difficult.

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