Holiday Inn Express Salida
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Driving over 10,000 ft passes and through 9500 ft meadows could seem a bit mundane after exploring Rocky Mountain Park but it wasn't. We had a safe drive of about 180 miles southwest from Fort Collins through some really beautiful areas with 12,000 ft peaks on either side. We stopped at this state park campground south of Buena Vista Colorado and found a delightful, albeit not level campsite with views of the ...
... at our revised destination, Salida. This is the first time we have arrived at our accommodation in mid-afternoon.
A short restorative nap for David, and we were ready to walk around this delightful little town. Its ‘historic downtown’ was filled with interesting shops, and we had a meal on a terrace by the river, enjoying a local beer and a shared taco salad. Yum! And we have found the perfect coffee place for tomorrow morning.
... season so we did not see the copious elk that usually dot this landscape.
Tomorrow we are off to Canon City and the tour of the Royal Gorge. By the way, we are finding we have less than reliable cell phone and internet services so there may be delays in blog postings while we are in the mountains for the next week. We thank MacDonald's in Canaon City for high speed internet ...
... hear the hotel clerk.
Luckily, there was a good Mexican Restaurant next door to the hotel, so we could walk over. The food was great! Tonight I will load up on drugs for my head cold, and hopefully it will be better in the morning. Tomorrow we are heading over to Rocky Mountain National Park. It's supposed to be really beautiful there!
295.7 miles today
17,009.2 miles total
5.069 gallons today
401.927 gallons total
... and Blue Mesa Summit, where there was also the Blue Mesa Reservoir. Monarch Pass was at 11, 312 feet and was also at the Continental Divide, so now we are officially in the east again. The last leg of our journey today took us to Salida, where we stopped for the night. It was late when we got in, so we made it a pizza night and I finally got some laundry done. What a day of spectacular scenery!