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Greetings from the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in beautiful Vail Valley, CO. More on that later:
Well we started today with a bonus visit to the Grand Canyon. We didn't know when we started out that the only way to head north from Grand Canyon, AZ was to go back through Grand Canyon National Park. In doing so we got to take the only rim road we didn't take the shuttle through yesterday, known as the Orange Route, which took us right to Desert View, ...
... It is 9,603 feet above sea level. It was founded by white settlers in 1859 in search of gold. It is now a all season recreation and holiday destination. It has world class ski-ing and in summer offers hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, fishing and kayaking.
It still has a lot of timber historic buildings that now house boutiques, restaurants, cafés and bars. We were surprised to come across a Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant.
... continue on through scenic country to Silverthorne. We started out going east from Montrose, which didn’t make Mrs. GPS happy one bit. But we had a plan, so we turned her off and continued on. We drove through a lot of national lands today, several national forests and the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which was absolutely beautiful. It is made up of three reservoirs created on the Gunnison River and surrounded by mountains. We saw ...
... a good portion of our time with Dean, tied up on the phone.
Dean is an extraordinarily mellow guy who seemed to be the mayor of Beaver Creek with folks nodding hello as we sat on the patio. It was a pleasure catching up a bit after our last visit here in 1992. He and his family have been in Beaver Creek for 30 years. His daughters are grown and out on their own and his business has recovered from the recession but remains lean. He ...
... that the rain would stop and the rides would start again but as there was no sign of that we decided to continue our drive. although it was for a short time, the kids had fun at the ski resort. Our next stop was Arvada, a suburb of Denver. We spent the night in a motel and started in the morning towards our last national park on this visit, rocky mountain national park.