Blogs from Salida, Colorado, United States, North America


North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 7th 2019

Even God rested on the seventh day. And boy did I need this day of rest. If you're going to spend an extra day somewhere, Salida is a great town to do it. I took care of my chores, took a four hour nap and this evening went downtown for a nightcap. I went to a very good restaurant called Currents that Jim and I had dinner in last night. There was a very friendly bartender working named George and two stools down from me was a young man telling George about his problems today. The young man was named Dave and George even commented how rare it is to have three guys with old fashioned plain old names. It turns out Dave is on a motorcycle trip from Flagstaff, AZ to central Nebraska to visit ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 6th 2019

The blog title is a quote from a mountain man in one of my favorite movies, Jeremiah Johnson. When we left our hotel in Estes Park, we headed over to the Stanley Hotel to take a couple pictures there, It's a beautiful old hotel and was the site of the filming of The Shining. The view from the hotel is gorgeous. Our mission for the day was to ride through Rocky Mountain National Park westbound and then ride south on the western side of the mountains to the town of Salida, CO. I'd been telling Jim that Rocky Mountain National Park was just spectacular and it didn't disappoint. He loved it. Everywhere you look the views are of majestic snow capped mountains. It's a good thing that everyone who is driving through there are happy to ... read more
The Stanley Hotel
View From Stanley Hotel
Entering The Park

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 15th 2018

Day 19 - Awoke to cloudy skies and very windy, with rain forecast for today from Loveland to Colorado Springs. We hit the I25 and sat on 75mph, around Denver and onto Colorado Springs to see The Garden of the Gods. What a 'Slappin' Horses' moment (only a couple of you will get this!), absolutely amazing landscape, similar to Sedona on a smaller scale. Being a Sunday there were massive crowds out climbing on the rocks. We stopped for a few photos and parked in the bus zone, where a National Parks Office (only a young fella) came up to me with ticket book in hand, he'd already booked a half a dozen cars for parking illegally. So the conversation went along the lines of - Sorry Mate, we're just about to leave, am I getting ... read more
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 12th 2017

Hello, Hello! We have wonderful wifi where we are at!!! I am sitting in my recliner with cool temps and my wonderful husband by my side! Tom and I got up this morning at 7:00 MST to go on our 2.9 mile hike around the lake at Lathrop State Park. I did not bring my camera so I did not take any pictures. Too bad, because as we were walking I saw what looked like blood all over the walkway. Tom thought is was just the color of the trail but I thought not. Sure enough, off the path was a deer half eaten! Aren't you glad I don't have a picture of that. Our thoughts were...what did that???!!! I don't think they have bears in the area, but don't know for sure. A guy rode ... read more
Our Campsite
River at Campground
View of Campground

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida August 28th 2015

Hello folks, from Salida (pronounced sal-EYE-dah), where Fi and I are enjoying a casual day in one of Colorado's best mountain biking and outdoor sports towns... just a hip, fun town to spend a day or two. From here, our route becomes more remote, mountainous, and arid, so we're soaking up a couple nights of restaurant food and comfy motel beds before we head back out. We've also had to buy some more water storage bladders and filtering gear, as we're advised that finding water will become more challenging as we continue into southern Colorado and New Mexico. Pulling water from cow troughs doesn't really appeal to us, and we're really hoping it doesn't come to that. Traveling from Silverthorne, we passed first through the thriving ski and summer resort town of Breckenridge (where an old, ... read more
Dillon Reservoir, Frisco, CO
Old railroad water tower, circa 1910
Coming down from Boreas Pass

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida August 26th 2015

THE BASICS We trundled on through Nebraska and finally into Colorado. We spent three very enjoyable days in Fort Collins with John's cousin Donald and his wife Nancie. Then three nights in Loveland, with days in Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park. One night in Golden and then our as-yet-unnamed RV made it over the Front Range to Salida, where last evening we celebrated Brady and Susie's second wedding anniversary, only a day late, with excellent pizzas and salads. THE FLUFF (I realized how silly, maybe pompous, it is for me to make generalizations about the individual states based on our narrow drive through. But Nebraska did seem more "rugged" than Iowa.) Because of several quirks with the RV, we felt it wiser to go to campgrounds when the temperatures hit 50 or below. At a ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida June 17th 2013

Geo: 38.5366, -105.992need to add pictures from small cameraMountain Road Trip Santa Fe to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National ParkWe had gotten on the road from Santa Fe by about 2:00 pm. We had gotten everything loaded up on Sunday so we didn't have to waste anytime on Monday getting things loaded.Stopped for a walkabout in Alamosa and got to Salida around 7ish. Found our favorite parking spot by the park and then walked down to the Boathouse for dinner. This is our new favorite place to go to because you are right on the water and the food is good as well. Visited with a young guy that is traveling around and had just happened to land in Salida. The bartendress told us about their new place called Rivers Edge that does have ... read more
A night in Salida, CO
A night in Salida, CO
A night in Salida, CO

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida May 17th 2012

Geo: 38.5366, -105.9925/17/12 – Ha, ha. Steve got carded last night at Buffalo Wild Wings. I told the waitress that we have kids a lot older than she and truth is, we are old enough to have grandchildren her age. It must have put rock a in his shoe, because this morning he is sniiippeeeey.Today was the high point of the trip for me…pun intended. Pike's Peak or bust. We got to the gatehouse at 9 AM, when they open. There were others ahead of us and, thanks to a very talkative park ranger, our line went very slowly, but eventually we got inside and started the ride up to the top. We began at about 6,000 ft. elevation and the peak is at 14,110 ft., and 19 miles of driving up, up, up. At first ... read more
Pikes Peak 1
Pike's Peak 2
On the road to Salida 1

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 11th 2010

July 10, 2010 Actually, we are not in Salida, CO but the list did not include Coaldale. We overnighted last night in a Walmart parking lot in Espanola, NM. Got an early start to Coaldale, CO to visit with friends, Karen and Lyle. They have a fantastic "Earthship" (passive solor, off the grid) house with beautiful vistas to look at. Very peaceful. Probably why they named it Peaceful Pines and Peaks. The ride up was also quite lovely. We are having a great time. Unfortunately, Lyle has to leave for Alaska tomorrow morning. We will also be heading back and picking up Rt. 66 in Santa Fe again. Update on the rash if you care. Karen whipped up some essential oil concoction which seems to be helping. Enjoy the pictures. See you on the road tomorrow. ... read more
Colorado Sky
Earthship House
View from Peaceful Pines and Peaks

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