Colorado Adventure Part 3
After we left Eagle Rock Ranch, we headed to Steamboat Springs. What fun! We saw Herb’s new shop right along the Yampa River and then headed to the Rec Center, which is a pool they built around the hot springs. This was a huge hit for all of us, especially Little Man and Little Miss. We then set up camp in the Flattops Wilderness Area. This time we were in White River National Forest at Shepherd’s Rim. The first part of our trip in the Flattops was in Routt National Forest at Bear Lake. Both were spectacular. Jamie and I both agreed that it was hands down the most beautiful drive leaving us speechless at times (which is tough to do). It was pretty remote with numerous signs warning about the risks of camping in the wilderness. That did give me pause a couple of times along the way as we were not seeing another human in site for miles at a time!
While we camped we enjoyed great food around the campfire. And by the way, my great idea of the alternative nutella s’more to avoid chocolate at night time did not happen. We had traditional s’mores. The second night, Allie told me she did not want s’mores, just straight up chocolate. Since we were on vacation, I let it happen.
We hiked to Trappers Lake, which was the longest and toughest hike to date we have done with the kids. They were amazing! Little Man, aka Trail Blazer, led the way running most of the time. I’m pretty sure he could run a 5k right now at age 3. He was barefoot a lot of the time, making this minimalist runner very proud! Little Miss, aka the Little Sherpa, carried my North Face pack which was a little on the big side. She was so diligent keeping up with everything and wore the pack most of the way. She also did quite a bit of the trail barefoot.
After camping in the Flattops, we headed to Idaho Springs. We enjoyed some authentic Mexican and hand dipped ice cream. There was a cool park in town along Clear Creek with slides, monkey bars, and climbing walls. We then started making our way back to Arkansas. What an unforgettable trip this was. We can’t wait to do it again next year!