Exploring Colorado :: Day 1

in beer •  6 months ago

Whew. I'm still recovering from my week's vacation last week in Denver and other higher elevations west of there.

Initially, I had illusions that would do some writing while on vacation, but that never materialized. I tried to abandon my laptop as much as possible in order to partake of outdoor activities and beer-related activities.

I'm not going to show any photos of airports and airplanes; not much of interest there. So, we'll find us in the midst of our arduous journey after having already picked our rental car from Avis in Denver and making the trek west into the mountains.

My original rental car request was a little 4-cyl Ford Focus. Good on gas, not so good on power. The Avis guy, world-weary and cynical, suggested it would not do well in the mountains. I agreed, of course, but I suggested my wallet would not do well with anything else. He offered me a Jeep Grand Cherokee instead for a $10/day upgrade. I laughed, thinking of how much gas that would eat. Twice the power, a third the MPGs. Still, what is a vacation if not a time to splurge? My butt made a personal request for the leather seating.

I went ahead with it. An extra $50 for our 5 days...plus a boatload of tiny fees. Oh well. Don't look too closely.

Here, the wife (at left, just to be clear) is under the watchful eye of her mother, who also attended this vacation with us. Ask me later how much the mother-in-law enjoyed the very active, outdoorsy, biking, hiking lifestyle of Colorado. The Jeep, for its part, did very well with hauling our butts around.

On the road, into the mountains. Tons of hilly areas, mountains in the distance, leering rock faces, and trees. We saw no mountain goats. I was disappointed.

One of my goals was to visit Breckenridge Brewery, since it was kind of on the way from Denver and I've had some of their beer already down in Florida. The place turned out to be a lot smaller than I expected for a brewery. The beer was good and fresh. They had a breakfast stout I've never seen before that was very heavy on the coffee and chocolate flavor. I wouldn't mind drinking it for breakfast, but I probably would be very unproductive the rest of the day.

The brewery equipment was literally right behind the bar. I was sitting at the bar when I took this pic. Pretty small operation!

Of course we had food. And I had bacon on my fries.

Bellies full, we're on the road again. You can't look somewhere here and not find at least a decent view, even in the midst of town.

Near our destination, which is Edwards CO. The mountains here are still not really the Rocky Mountains yet, but they're impressive enough.

At my wife's aunt's place, we had a very nice room with a deck and a view. Wife has already made her way outside to take photos.

And a very nice view it is!

Outside our room is a rushing river. It's pretty much all snowmelt, so the water is ice cold, even when the temps are well above 90F.

We arrived at our room late on Monday, July 9th. The next day's plans involve going to Vail, exploring around the village there, and maybe going up the mountainside to the top of Vail Mountain. Let's see if all the old folks in our party survive!


Photos by @negativer

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That was an extraordinary view ... lots of great views. The jeep was probably a good choice. You don't want to break down in the mountains and on a road trip a little more comfort goes a long way. You didn't forget the bacon but you forgot to tell us about the beer:)


The Jeep didn't let us down, so it was not a bad decision. I added my thoughts on the beer. Can't believe I forgot that!

To my credit, I only had one beer at the brewery. We still had a lot of miles ahead of us, and I was already lightheaded from the lack of oxygen.

Nice snaps...

Breakfast beer sounds good... Beer; not just for breakfast any more!



Looks pretty nice Neg.


Thanks! We did some pretty intense hiking ('difficult' and 'hard' trails) on day 2 and 3, and grabbed some more interesting images at that point. I was pretty much dead when I took the pics, so I'm not sure how they really turned out yet...

Nice pictures! I have a trip planned to Winter Park, Colorado during the first week in November. I hope to get some quality photos as well. I love Colorado and its spectacular views. Thanks for sharing.


Ah, somewhat near where we were. Should be fun for you, it'll be pretty close to winter at that point. Do you ski?


I used to ski every year, but unfortunately my knees no longer allow that activity.

very goood photos.
good luck

Very nice photography great work

Great job best photography

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Beautiful adventures and you survived, beat $50 spent! How was the hiking and weather?

Finally reading your travel log! I bet you made the right choice on the vehicle. You weren’t packed in like sardines, for one thing, so hopefully less fighting. 😊 And then there’s “cool” points. A Jeep Grand Cherokee wins hands down because a Ford Focus has approximately zero.