Friday, July 29, 2016

7/28/16 - Breckenridge, CO

It was 55 degrees this morning!  We drove to Breckenridge and walked around town.  There is a free gondola ride and we took it to the top of the mountain.  The view was great.  After taking the gondola back down we went to Breckenridge Brewing and Broken Compass Brewing.  We drove back to the Casita for a little bit and then went into Frisco to the Frisco Historic Park and went to the Thursday Music in the Park concert.  Tonight’s band was Horseshoes & Hand Grenades -- they play bluegrass.  After listening to them we went to Ollie’s and had burgers and fries for supper.  Mine was a bacon mac & cheese burger.

7/27/16 - Frisco, CO

We drove to Frisco, Colorado today. This route took us up a long steep pass, through the Eisenhower Tunnel, and then down a long steep scary grade.  We got a site at Pine Cove campground on Dillon Lake.  This campground is just a parking lot with no hookups, but it is right on the lake with beautiful mountain views.  After we set up camp we went to Back Country Brewing and had some beers, and then walked around the main street of Frisco.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

7/26/16 - Longmont, CO

It was cool and overcast this morning so we made coffee and then went for our walk and got our 10,000 steps before 10 am.  Anything else today is just icing on the cake.  We stayed around camp until around 4 pm today.  Jim paid for one more night and he did research on where to go tomorrow.  He also paid some bills on line and updated the blog.  Then we went to Oscar Blues – Tasty Weasel.  This is a taproom at their brewery.  Jim finally got to drink a Ten Fidy.  The other two Oscar Blues locations didn’t have any on tap.  Then we drove to Anne-Alex and Kevin’s home.  She fixed a nice supper for us.  The salad was three different kinds of greens from their garden. They have all kinds of herbs, berries, grapes, greens, squash, tomatoes, and flowers in their back yard.  We also had three different kinds of ice cream. After supper we went for a walk around a small lake by their home.  I ended up with 18,345 steps today.  Anne-Alex let us wash our laundry while we were there.  We got back to the Casita around 11:30.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

7/25/16 - Fort Collins, CO

This morning I found us a place nearby to go to a Weight Watchers meeting to do our monthly weigh in.  Both of us were afraid to see what the scale had on it, but neither of us were over our goal weight even after drinking all the beer.  I guess the walking we have done and watching our food intake really helped.  We drove to Ft. Collins and visited  Odell Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins Brewing, Snowbank Brewing, Funkwerks Brewing, Horse and Dragon Brewing, Equinox Brewing, Coopersmith Brewing, and Zwei Bruder Brewing.  Then we stopped in Loveland at Grimm Brothers Brewing and Verboten Brewing.  After getting back to Longmont I went to King Soopers (owned by Kroger) and got some groceries.

7/24/16 - Denver, CO

Today we drove into Denver.  We went to Great Divide Brewing just as they opened. This brewery has won 18 Great American Beer Festival medals.  Jim had a list of other breweries he wanted to go to.  The next one, Zephyr Brewing, was next door to a Diners Drive-ins and Dives place, Biju’s Little Curry Shop.  We had lunch there and then went to Zephyr and had a beer.  At Zephyr we met up with two men we had met in Tulsa, Joe and Russ, and we all visited breweries the rest of the day.  We went to Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Ratio Brewing, Epic Brewing, Black Shirt Brewing, Crooked Stave Brewing, Great Divide Barrel House, and Beryl’s Beer.  Epic Brewing was our 700th brewery to visit since we have been keeping track.  Joe and Russ bought us a bottle of Epic Smoked & Oaked beer to take with us and drink at a later date.  We had such a good day out with them -- they knew all the breweries and where they were located.  On the way home we drove through the town of Broomfield and went to 4 Noses Brewing.

7/23/16 - Longmont, CO

This morning we went to the farmers market at the fairgrounds.  We walked over to it at 8 am.  We bought green beans, onions, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, bell pepper, eggs, sweet rolls and some garlic-spinach-salmon dip.  We also had breakfast there. We shared a breakfast burrito smothered in green chili sauce and a chicken tamale with red sauce.  

Anne-Alex and Kevin came to camp and we drove to Button Rock Preserve to do a little hiking.  I had a very hard time -- it was 100 degrees today and the hike was in the sun.  Part was flat along a stream and then the trail went into the forest but it was still sunny.  The uphill hike in the altitude and the heat really got to me.  After returning to the car we went into Longmont to Pump House Brewing.  Then they brought us back to the Casita and we sat outside for awhile before they left for their home.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

7/22/16 - Longmont, CO

Today we drove into Lafayette and went to The Post Brewery, Liquid Mechanics Brewing and Odd 13 Brewing.   Anne-Alex and Kevin rode their bicycles from their home to meet us at Odd 13.  Then we drove to Louisville and went to Gravity Brewing.  This brewery is next door to an American Legion and you can order food from a shared kitchen.  After supper we went for a short walk by the lakes where we saw the resident Osprey.  We had to come back to the Casita because of rain.

Friday, July 22, 2016

7/21/16 - Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Today we drove to Estes Park and to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Our first stop was at Beaver Meadow Visitor Center to get a map of the park.  Then we drove to Moraine Park Discovery Center.  We also stopped at the Alluvial Fan and took a picture of the waterfall. We drove the Old Fall River Road that is 9 miles on a one way, narrow, gravel road with huge drop offs.  On a couple of the switch back curves we had to back up and get another bite at turning the Silverado.  There was another waterfall to stop at on this road.  We finally made it to the Alpine Visitor Center at the end of the gravel road and saw lots of elk.  After having lunch at the top, we took the paved Trail Ridge Road back to exit the park.  There were lots of stops and pull outs on this road.  One of the trails we hiked today was the Tundra Trail and at this stop we saw big horn sheep and a marmot. 

In Estes Park we stopped at Rock Cut Brewing and had a beer.  Then we went to Lumpy Ridge Brewing and had another one.  The bartender, Julian, showed Jim the brewery.  Then we stopped at Oscar Blues in Lyons for one last beer.

7/20/16 - Boulder, CO

Today we went into Boulder and hiked on the Boulder Canyon Trail.  This was an easy walking trail that was flat with gravel and some parts cemented.  It ran beside Boulder Creek.  Then we drove into downtown Boulder and had coffee at Ozo on Pearl Street.  We made a surprise visit to Jim’s great niece Madelyn.  She is a barista there.  She was really moving fast on the espresso machine!  I had a cold cafĂ© latte and Jim had a regular coffee and we got on their internet.  Then we walked to West Flanders Brewing and to Walnut Brewing.  Next, we drove to Boulder Beer Company and to Vision Quest again.  Vision Quest is a homebrew shop and small brewery.  We met Sandy and Stewart for a beer at Wild Woods Brewing and then went back to the Casita.  Jim took a picture of Stuart showing off a Christmas ornament I made for Sandy.