Monday August 31, 2020
I arrive in Vail, Colorado yesterday. I am staying at Lionshead Village in the parking lot with a view of one of the ski mountains behind me. They have free parking and wifi. I tour Lionshead Village and the shops for a bit then head back to the van and open the back doors to let the sunshine in. I just lay in the sun and enjoy the views. Berkley takes a nap alternating between laying in the sun and the shade.
Around 4pm the dark clouds roll in and it rains off and on the the rest of the night.
Tuesday September 1, 2020
Looking down on Lionsheads Village.
I wake up and check the temperature it is 37 degrees outside. I stay in bed for a bit longer before getting up to take Berkley out.
I make a potato hash with onion, sausage and spinach for breakfast. Berkley just has sausage. I think it is one of his favorites.
Today we hike up the ski slope on Berry Picking trail and ride the gondola back down. It is a 3 mile hike up with 2200 feet of elevation gain. We end up at the top at just over 10,000 feet. The hike up was much easier than I though it was going to be. There were many switchbacks that made it manageable and it was an actual trail, not just a hike up the ski slope. I was thinking of the ski slopes I hiked up on the Long Trail and those were miserable. They just went stright up. Plus with the additional pack weight when backpacking is a killer.
The views are spectaculair and the weather is great for hiking. It is in the 40’s but sunny and not to breezy.
When we get to the top there are adult playgrounds. There is no way in hell I would try one of those. NOPE NOWAY!
Berkley looking stressed on the gondola. I nearly shit when we dropped out of the launch pad, but then I was mostly fine.
At the bottom we sit for a while and watch the mountain bikers come down the mountain. Most have mud splattered backsides. I spend the rest afternoon relaxing in the sun and drinking wine. Mom, thanks for the wine.
Wednesday September 2, 2020
We lay in bed for a while again this morning. It is cold outside. When we finely get up we take a walk over to Vail Village. We tour the area peaking in the shops that are not open at this hour. There are several shops that look like they sell very expensive fur coats. The shops here seem more ritzy then the ones in Lionshead Village.There are not many out at this early hour and we have the streets mostly to ourselves. I enjoy the solitude. It is nice. Some of the areas I have been have been so busy and there are way to many people for my liking.
We leave Vail around noonish and start our drive to the next area. We pass through Glenwood Canyon on I-70. This is where there was a recent fire. This section of road I drove today was closed while I was visiting SOULFLOWER because of wildfires. I can see a section where the fire crossed the road. The views are amazing, except for the burned areas. I love driving through these canyon areas. Their are steep canyon walls on both sides and I am driving beside a river. And this one just happens to have a tunnel.
I arrive at my campsite for the night in the town of Parachute, CO. The campground itself is nothing special, but I has amazing views. The first order of business is to do laundry. It has been almost two weeks and I am out of underwear. Well at least the underwear that I like to wear. I have a buffer. When I get to the pairs I don’t like I know it is time to do wash. I also need to wash my hair. I prefer to do it in a normal shower because I loose so much hair. To do it in the van is a real mess. I also need to dump my holding tanks and full up with water.
Sunset is beautiul tonight. I enjoy it from the comfort of bed.