Great Western Colorado Lodge
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
- Continental Breakfast
TripAdvisor Reviews Great Western Colorado Lodge Salida
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I had planned to take route 50 through central Colorado, but changed my mind. I have never been to Aspen so I thought I would take 82 through Aspen and over Independence Pass. Oops, after the first 20 mph turns I should have turned back. Instead I "put on my grown up panties and went". A saying from Cindi which means face your fears 10 miles and 2 …
... RV, and cleaned our hands with Goo-Gone and several washings with hot soapy water. We walked back out and found that, we could harvest a lot of nuts on the ground without the resulting pitch.
Now we have to figure out the best way to crack open the nuts to get the little edible seeds out.
We awoke to beautiful alpenglow on the hight 14,000+ foot peaks in front of us. now heading south.
... our GPS. The valleys were dotted with log cabins and chalets and the mountains were covered in fir trees and autumnal aspens. The latter really do appear to shimmer, as their small golden leaves
quiver with even the slightest breeze. Soon after, we reached a high, dry plateau surrounded by mountains but without many trees and with poor-looking soil. It wasn’t what I had imagined, and it lasted until we gently crossed another highish pass ...
... to mansions. Some have irrigation systems for their crops. It seemed strange to see bright green fields in the dull grey green landscape! We even passed a old mansion ranch that is being restored by a local historical society. We have noticed everywhere we have been so far, that funding for the various historic places is from foundation grants or sweat from local groups! Apparently, it ...
... took you all the way to the top, we we thought we were high enough and skipped the tram.
The ride coming back down was far more interesting than the ride up. There were very few turns and switchbacks on the ride down, it was mostly just straight and steep so we could really build up some speed. It was great fun, but we dropped altitude so quickly and as soon as we hit the bottom we were at the hotel, that my ears hadn't popped and I ...