Hiking Castlewood Canyon

Castlewood Canyon

March 15th and weather in the upper seventies in Colorado. A perfect day for a hike in Castlewood Canyon. It took a lot longer than usual to complete the 7 1/2 miles because the Creek Bottom Trail was in different stages of thawing after the winter snow. Some places were still icy, others covered in slush and snow, while some areas were so muddy it was hard to get my footing. All good exercise though.

The first climb of the year to the canyon rim is always tough and I stopped once or twice to catch my breath and enjoy the view. My labors were worth it, beautiful. The walk across the top of the canyon was gorgeous, bathed in sunshine with just a gently breeze.

I only managed one photo, and it was taken at the beginning of my hike with my iPhone. Pike’s Peak in all of its glory!

I’m going to make the effort to hike more this year. Its great exercise and the views are always spectacular.

 

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Take a Walk on the White Side

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Hiking and Jazz in Steamboat Springs

There is something very special about Steamboat Springs. It’s a ski town with an unpretentious western flair. Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone are fun, but Steamboat grabs your heart. It’s people are welcoming, friendly and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

This is the sort of place I would really love to have a second home. It may be a three-hour drive from Denver, but it is worth it.

My new friend Sandra, and a native to Steamboat Springs, took me hiking this morning. What a great way to start the day. Look at the views!

It was a tough hike, but coming down felt good. We worked up an appetite and stopped off at Double Z BBQ to pick up some food to take back to the condo. The food was put in the oven to keep warm while we went and sat by the fire pit outside to enjoy a glass of champagne. It was a lovely afternoon. A jazz band played at the bottom of the mountain. This is what life is all about.

 

Champagne finished, we watched the rest of the concert from the condo on the 7th floor of the Sheraton with my daughter, her boyfriend (Sandra’s son) and Andy, (Sandra’s husband), whilst eating traditional delicious BBQ. What a great Saturday. I know Steamboat would prefer snow, but this weather was perfect for a four-day get-away in Steamboat Springs.

Werner Mountain – Cafe Diva – Arsenal and Sunderland?

Where do Arsenal come in? Football season has started and as I compose my blog I am watching Arsenal v. Sunderland. I have become a reluctant Arsenal fan as they are the team of choice of my husband, and have been for years, along with Newcastle. The Gunners have become part of my life.

Back to what my blog is really about. Steamboat Springs.

Last Saturday morning we woke up in the beautiful Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs. It was raining heavily, but in Colorado, that doesn’t usually last long. When the rain cleared we set off on our hike up Werner Mountain to the Gondola. Most people take the Gondola up the mountain and hike back down, but we wanted a challenge. A challenge is what we got, but it was worth it for the views. The 3.8 mile hike to over 9000 feet took every ounce of my energy, but the views were incredible.

Half way up the mountain

I stopped to catch my breath and enjoy the view several times. It was gorgeous.

The wooded trail was like fairyland

 

 

 

 

Breathtaking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually I reached the top (about thirty minutes after my husband).

When I got back down my feet were happy to rest
as I enjoyed another beautiful panorama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Diva

Rested and showered we walked to the nearby Cafe Diva. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. Cafe Diva was recommended by our daughter’s boyfriend, who calls Steamboat Springs home.

From appetizers to dessert, the meal was a culinary delight even Gordon Ramsay would enjoy. Perfect ambiance also. I have rarely seen such a good wine list and we ordered a bottle of wine recommended by one of the owners. I will return to this restaurant. As we listened to people at tables around us, we discovered just how popular it was. Some of the diners were from the East Coast and returned to Steamboat Springs time and time again so they could eat in Cafe Diva.

After a relaxing delicious meal we returned to The Steamboat Grand and soaked in the hot tub until the sun slid down behind the mountains. A perfect end to a perfect day!