Dec 11

Breckenridge

After leaving Glenwood Springs my friend and I decided to stay for a night in Breckenridge.  We arrived in the early afternoon and headed to the Breckenridge Brewery for lunch.  The bison burger I had was great, it’s not often that you have a juicy bison burger, so I would recommend that.

After lunch we decided to take a walk through town, too bad it decided to rain.  We made a not so quick stop at a Diamond T’s.  They had a wide selection of shirts and souvenirs at reasonable prices.  They also had a sale on shirts with skiers and snowboarders on them – BONUS!

Next we stopped in a French Bakery, unfortunately they didn’t have much other than some delicious hot chocolate.  We passed a few other shops, but since it was off-season, early May, many shops were closed.  Although it would have been nice to walk around and visit some shops, the rain and snow mix made it unpleasant.

I did enjoy the town and if I still skied this would be one of my choice in Colorado, certainly above Vail.

Dec 04

Marking My Spot in Vail

When driving from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge you pass Vail Resort area. As a former skier, (I didn’t quit, just kinda stopped doing it) I thought we should stop in Vail and see what the place was about. Yes, I knew it was off-season, but I figured something must go on between winter and summer, right?  Wrong!

My first impression of Vail was that is was congested.  It seemed there were tall(ish) condos and apartments on every corner and block. I actually felt a little claustrophobic by how overdeveloped the areas was.

After a few wrong turns we found the Vail Visitors Center. While I marked my spot by using the bathroom, my friend spoke with the employee there.  It seems she might be bored, and no wonder.  The only place open is the library, ski museum and a few restaurants.

After that we walked back to the car, got in, and drove out of Vail, for what I suspect will be the last time.  The architecture in the city was beautiful, but the city was just too congested. Besides, there are other mountains to visit, like Breckenridge.