We arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ round these parts), from Chama on October 5 and spent 9 nights at an Airbnb between old town and downtown. We’re here to check off another of those bucket list type things at the Annual International Balloon Fiesta, held this year from October 6 through 14.
After 2 weeks in Colorado Springs, on September 26, it was time for us to continue south to Pagosa Springs. We popped in here earlier this year for 3 days, and D enjoyed the trail riding so we went back for a week-long stay. On this visit, we managed to finally explore Chimney Rock National Monument, D rode the trails, we hiked, and I did a bit of running.
September 12, we checked out of the condo in Boulder, Colorado and drove to our next home base in Colorado Springs. Last year we stopped here for one night, before heading north to Boulder for our niece’s wedding, and knew we needed to come back and stay awhile. On this visit, we were here for 2 whole weeks - our longest stop since we left Sedona in May!
We began our day with the first snowfall of the season on the hills above us in Breckenridge and it was spectacular! After checking out of our home on September 5, we spent time walking around Breck, and I donated a copy of my book It Is What It Is to the local library as I do in towns we stay in.
Talk about a Rocky Mountain high, we stayed at an elevation of 9,282 feet in a lovely Airbnb in the hills between Frisco and Breckenridge – fondly called Breck by those in the know. Here you really do feel close to the sky.
Our first visit to Colorado was last June to attend the wedding of our niece. Being outdoors types, we just had to come back and spend some serious time in this Rocky Mountain paradise. Remember our visit to the great state of Texas last spring for 5 weeks in 6 different locations, this time around you’ll be able to follow our escapades in Colorado for 6 weeks in 5 different locations: Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pagosa Springs. Looks like a springy September!
The night before we left Whistler, BC a massive thunderstorm hit a good portion of the Pacific Northwest including Glacier National Park setting off a firestorm with smoke traveling for miles in all directions. What was supposed to be our first visit to this illustrious park became an unknown as we traveled across British Columbia staying in Kamloops on August 12 then Invermere.
On August 5 we left our Dundarave home in Vancouver to head into the mountains of British Columbia. We stayed for a week in the quiet Nancy Greene neighborhood of Whistler in a duplex Airbnb. Whistler is home to the large Whistler Blackcomb ski area.
After spending time in Eastern Washington with family, on July 8 we ventured to the west side for a very busy 3 weeks. First off was to go to all the doctor/dentist appointments, labs, screenings, and follow ups one might have to do during the year. So next time you’re bemoaning all the doctor appointments, try doing them in 5 days.
We finally put a wrap on all the zigging and zagging in California this time around, and on June 21 we drove north to Lebanon, Oregon. You might remember we stopped here on the way down to the southwest when we left Washington in December. So basically, we’re back where we stayed our first night on the road. Our plans were to stay for 1-night then move on to eastern Oregon to stay for a week.