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Aug 9, 2018 - Breckenridge, Colorado

Today, we moved from Salida, CO to Breckenridge, CO which is just a short drive of 80 miles if you take the short route which we did. It sounds easy, however, in a 45 foot motorhome towing a car, the story gets a little complicated. The route took us to Fairplay, CO and then taking route 9 north to Breckenridge, CO. That requires climbing a mountain to the summit of Hoosier Pass which is at 11,539 feet. And then it is an 8 degree descent downhill for four miles with a bunch of hairpin turns thrown in for good...

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Jun 26, 2018 - My special place . . . Breckenridge!!

Really excitied to get on the road this morning, next stop Breckenridge! Cloudless Colorado Blue Sky day! We dug out our new SPF T-shirts to try and give us a bit of protection from the sun. It was a hot one! It was a great ride, Mike was afraid it was going to be an uphill struggle all day long. I was afraid it was going to be just dead boring because I have never been a fan of this section of road but we were both wrong! It was an elevation gain, but nothing really difficult. Traffic was a challenge, but we have experienced worse!! And...

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May 13, 2018 - Mother's Day Fun

Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome moms! I hope you had a wonderful day too. We spent the day driving to Breckenridge, Colorado. We drove one way there and another way back, driving through awesome tiny towns on the way there with many stops on the way. We passed through beautiful mountain towns with high elevations, most were surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We shopped in several towns on the way and also toured Breckenridge, it is loaded with so many awesome shops. This is a town you want to take the free bus, stop and shop and...

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Aug 12, 2017 - Blue Lakes Trailhead

Breckenridge, CO For our last adventure, we chose Blue Lakes Trailhead. After bouncing our car along a rutted, washboardy "road", we arrived and parked at the bottom of the dam. We climbed up to the top of the dam so we could see the surrounding countryside. The lake is pretty but we came to look for mountain goats. We were about half way across the dam when Jim spotted two goats up high eating some grass. It took a few moments to realize there were not just two - there was a whole herd of goats. As we watched they began to come down from...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Colorado Classic

Breckenridge, CO Breckenridge was host to the Colorado Classic Bike Race. Pro cyclists in the four-day race, including international pros, cover 313 miles (503.5 km) and endure more than 20,000 vertical feet of intense, high-altitude climbing in four stages that showcase the state's incredible terrain. We were told a one-mile stretch of pavement lined by pine trees and high-end condominiums will likely decide the bicycle race. Moonstone Road, a short but steep climb just east of downtown Breckenridge, is the major obstacle that riders face...

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Aug 10, 2017 - McCullough Gulch

Breckenridge, CO Today we hiked McCullough Gulch with a goal of a splendid waterfall. When we started, the skies were partly cloudy and it was only 49 degrees. We were not hiking long before we shed our jackets - we were working hard! The trail was only 2.6 miles total but, because of the altitude and the steep grade, it seemed a lot longer. The trail was a bit challenging as it varied from sand to rocks to muddy little streams. We enjoyed a lovely little picnic when we reached the falls, needing the time to recover before we headed back....

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Aug 9, 2017 - Barney Ford

Breckenridge, CO Playing tourist again, we explored the eastern side of Main Street, finding some great little shops. We also visited the Barney Ford Museum. Barney was a runaway slave in the 1840s who first went to Chicago and then to various other towns setting up restaurants, saloons, and barber shops. He had learned barbering while a slave. He had also seen how to treat guests while working on a steam boat while on loan from his owner. Barney jumped ship in Illinois dressed as a woman and the underground railroad took him to Chicago...

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Aug 8, 2017 - Fairplay

Breckenridge, CO Today was a great day to be a tourist. A historic gold mining settlement, Fairplay was founded in 1859 during the early days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. The town was named by settlers who were upset by the generous mining claims given to the earliest prospectors and promised a more equitable system for its residents. Fairplay is home to South Park City Museum. The museum is an accurate representation of a mining town between 1860 and 1900. It has 42 buildings depicting an 1880's mining town. Every one of the buildings is...

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Aug 7, 2017 - Black Powder Pass Trail

Breckenridge, CO Today was hiking day. Black Powder Pass trail had been recommended to us by several people. To reach the trailhead, we had to traverse 12 miles by car. Of that 12 miles, we bounced along 9 miles of bone-jarring dirt/rock and potholes. It took an hour to reach the trailhead. It just so happens that the trail begins at Boreas Pass at the Continental Divide on the crest of the Front Range. In other words, we STARTED our hike at an altitude of 11,482 feet and went up from there. We saw about every kind of wildflower there could...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Acclimating

Breckenridge, CO Since we are flatlanders, the high altitude of Breckenridge is a bit challenging. To acclimate, we spent most of the day wandering through the multitude of shops on Main Street. We were also able to attend both the Sunday Market and the 16th annual Fine Arts Fair. The Sunday Market is a unique selection of artistic creations, handcrafted and homegrown items, live music, and free children’s activities courtesy of the Mountain Top Children’s Museum. The Fine Arts Fair was nationally ranked in 2016 as #65 in the top 200 fine...

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Aug 5, 2017 - A new adventure

Breckenridge, CO We have been wending our way through Nebraska on our way to Colorado. We live on the eastern edge of Nebraska. As we headed west, we left Omaha and Lincoln, the 2 largest cities, behind us. We went through mile after mile of corn crops and soy beans until we reached the Sandhills area. Almost half of Nebraska is ranch country. The rolling hills covered with waving grass are mesmerizing. Chimney Rock is a prominent geological rock formation in western Nebraska. Rising nearly 300’ above the surrounding valley, Chimney Rock...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Nebraska is Needless - but necessary if you want to get to Colorado

Woke up to a cloudy sky - in Nebraska you never know what you will get. We knew it was going to be a long drive, but never did I expect it to be this boring. It's one straight road - you go 75 miles a hour, and see nothing but fields everywhere. So thankful we got the Sirius XM Radio for this trip - it helps to pass the time. We made it into Colorado around 2:30 in the afternoon - that would be 4:30 your time. We went to see Dave's cousin Bob. He is his first cousin on his mother's side. Dave's mother and Bob's father were siblings. They...

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