David Willett

Horsetooth Birthday Cruise

Julie’s 30th birthday Horsetooth cruise. The rain did not dampen our spirits in the least. Happy Birthday sweet girl! 💝

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Our Cruise Ship
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Captain Drake
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The Crew
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The old swimming’ hole – Diving and sliding into the deep!!
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Buddies
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Buddies2!!
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The monsoon started soon after we left our swimming’ hole!
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Pretty Mommy, Handsome Boy!!

Back Home via Hwy 14

A stunning Colorado day! Cloudless blue sky, early morning temps in the 60’s and a light breeze, so I know the 3 1/2 hour ride home will be great fun. At Muddy Pass there is a roundup underway…20140703-152549-55549816.jpgUp over Rabbit Ears Pass, east of Steamboat, crossing the high rolling plains to Walden, CO, then up over Cameron Pass, and we are now in the Poudre River Canyon.

The water is running quite high and the rafting companies look like they doing a nice business today.20140703-175851-64731910.jpgThrough the tunnel in the rock20140703-233006-84606040.jpg And home 20140703-233034-84634087.jpg

Riding Back Home from Steamboat

A stunning Colorado day! Cloudless blue sky, early morning temps in the 60’s and a light breeze, so I know the 3 1/2 hour ride home will be great fun. At Muddy Pass there is a roundup underway…

Up over Rabbit Ears Pass, east of Steamboat, crossing the high rolling plains to Walden, CO, then up over Cameron Pass, and we are now in the Poudre River Canyon.

The water is running quite high and the rafting companies look like they doing a nice business today.Through the tunnel in the rock……

And home

Day Ride & Hike -The Elk River Valley

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.

Hahns Peak with Mules Ears in bloom.
The Elk River

Exploring nearby campgrounds

My Trusty Steed. Some roads less traveled.
Hahn’s Peak Lake and Campground
Steamboat Lake and Campground

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.

Pearl Lake
Fields of Mules Ear
Mules Ear in bloom
Scarlett Gilian
Indian Paintbrush
Mature Aspens

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!

Sweet Pea Restaurant
Carrot – Fennel soup. Yummy
Palisades, Colorado cherry pie