After a nice (free) breakfast at my hotel, I headed north from Steamboat, up the lovely Elk River Valley for a day of exploring and hiking.
Exploring nearby campgrounds
The above Campgrounds are all nice, but my favorite is still (ta da….) Pearl Lake! Nice campground, pretty lake and an easy hiking trail festooned with wild flowers.
After an exhausting day of exploring, dinner at SweetPea Restaurant a local Colorado, fresh, farm-to-table (did I get enough buzzwords?) food. Very good actually, in a nice garden setting next to the river. Carrot fennel soup, candied beet salad, trout tacos topped off with Colorado cherry pie!