Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Today Bill and I took a day trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We are on what we are calling our summer celebration tour this summer, because we are celebrating my 66th birthday that was in April, our 30th wedding anniversary coming up next month, and Bill will turn 70 this December. We decided we would splurge on three different things to celebrate each of these important events in our lives… We took a six-hour scenic train ride in Antonito, Colorado, and today we decided we would try the gondola ride to the top of Mt.. Werner, where we took a hike and enjoyed a delicious lunch with spectacular views.

This is a picture of the enclosed gondola we rode in.

Once you’re in, and seated, the door closes and your off…

I happened to notice this warning on the wall of the gondola we were riding in and both Bill and I laughed and said “we won’t approach any of these animals, but we would at least like to see one, especially a MOOSE”! I have a stiff neck from straining to try and see a moose in the bushes. šŸ™‚

This is the view from the back window of our ride as we made our way up the mountain.

As you climb higher, and higher, up the mountain, the views only get better and better.

Then, when you make your landing at the top of the mountain, and step outside, you are greeted with all this beauty.

Which of course beckons for a photo opportunity. Bill needed to take one of me,

and of course, I needed to take one of him…

Everywhere you look is something beautiful to see.

Next, we were off to take a little hike to see what other beautiful things we could find, like these pretty trees.

And there is no shortage of mountain bike trails. People put their mountain bikes right on the gondola rides to get them up the mountain so they can ride them back down.

I was surprised to find there were still lots of pretty wild flowers in full bloom. I don’t know what these pretty purple flowers are (my friend Patricia would know), but I love seeing them and they were everywhere.

I also love seeing the mixture of purple, yellow, and white wildflowers growing among the wild grasses.

Along our hike we came across these open-seat ski lift chairs that take folks from one ski trail to another.

And, we got to see this helicopter with a Bambi bucket attached flying to and from the water source on its way to fight wildfires. We saw a lot of this type of activity when we were hosting in Cody Wyoming a few years ago.

After we finished our hike, we made our way to the outside dining area of the Oasis Sundeck for lunch. Who could ask for a more beautiful view while enjoying a delicious lunch?

Bill and I both had the Bison burger with cheese and bacon, but I had kale and quinoa salad, while Bill had the waffle potato fries. YUM!!

Then it was time to head back down the mountain and go visit the downtown area of Steamboat. On our way back to the parking garage, we passed this adorable stagecoach jumping/bouncing house free for the kids.

The downtown area of Steamboat proved to be VERY busy, so much so, that we were not able to find a parking space anywhere, so we decided to call it a day and head back home.

We have only been in Kremmling, Colorado for five days, and we have already seen so many beautiful places and are having so much fun. I can’t wait to see what all we will see and do between now and the end of the month.

Stay Tuned!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    Aug 05, 2018 @ 00:52:56

    What a great experience! The scenery is so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing and learning more during your time in that location! Love you! Keep looking for that moose! šŸ™‚

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    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 05, 2018 @ 11:21:57

      It really was a fun experience and we would never had seen the views we saw had we not gone all the way up to the top of that mountain. Love and miss you and I am going to keep looking for that elusive moose! xoxo

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  2. William M Kirnberger
    Aug 05, 2018 @ 02:52:49

    What a great time we had, I am proud of you for getting on the gondola with your fear of heights. We had a good hike and a mighty fine Bison burger,wish we could have found a parking place, maybe we can take another trip during the week and explore the shops.
    Love you Girly

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    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 05, 2018 @ 11:40:26

      We did have a lot of fun. The gondola ride wasn’t too scary going up while I was looking up at the mountain, but like I said, using the words from a Garth Brooks song, “we come in kickin giddyup, and go out hollerin WHOA!!!” That’s what I was thinking when we started going back down the mountain and all I could see was the big drop-off as our gondola left the security of the building. But I’m so glad we did it because we wouldn’t have seen all the beautiful views we saw if we hadn’t been on the top of the mountain. Love you! XoXo

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