Still in Colorado

ShallowCreekHike_webBeing unplugged definitely has its advantages. However, being unable to conduct certain life necessities without a secure Internet connection is not one of them. Thus, we find ourselves in Gunnison, Colorado for several days to pay bills and catch up on email.

Gunnison is about 100 miles northwest of Creede and sits in a large valley rimmed with mountains. It’s blessed with good fishing waters, the Gunnison River and several lakes and reservoirs, and is a stone’s throw from the beautiful ski town of Crested Butte. It is several thousand feet lower in elevation than Creede and our Verizon MiFi is working like a charm.

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The Bachelor Historic Tour

02_MiningEquipment_webWith its rich history, we knew there had to be a lot of fun territory to explore near Creede. After a quick check-in at the local Chamber of Commerce, we had map and information in hand for the Bachelor Historic Tour, a self-guided 17-mile drive that includes 17 interpretive stops and points of interest showcasing Creede’s mining history.

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The History of Creede

I am publishing this post from Durango, Colorado, one of our favorite Colorado towns and site of my worst honeymoon … but that’s a story for another time.

We are here for a few days sans Airstream to enjoy our respective passions. For Scott, Durango is an attractive side trip as it’s less than two hours’ drive from the famed San Juan River and some of the best fly-fishing in the world. I am happy to be back in the land of decent wifi, Starbucks, a great bookstore (Maria’s Bookshop) and possibly a yarn store or two. Time for true confessions: I am most happy about the fact that I’ll be able to enjoy a nice, hot tub and shave my legs in a space larger than a phone booth.

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Delightfully unplugged

Hi all – checking in with you from Creede, a tightknit community of about 400 people located near the headwaters of the Rio Grande River in south-central Colorado. At an altitude of nearly 9,000 feet, we are feeling no pain weather-wise. In fact, it got downright cold last night, and we giggled like schoolchildren as we pulled on fleece jackets and cozy slippers to eat dinner.

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Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies

I love the Fourth of July, and I’m not sure there’s a better place to celebrate this holiday than Colorado Springs. Evidence of patriotism is everywhere – from the magnificent grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy, to the many flags, banners and bunting draped on houses, landscape and yes, even RVs in the park in which we are staying.

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