Wildflower Festival

Ah, that infamous itch has once again returned.  That itch that can’t be relieved by Calamine lotion.  That itch produced by the Travel Bug.  We’ve been home a little over a month and Al and I are ready to pack up and head out on another trip.  Another trip?  Oh, where shall we go?

Al and I pull out the Colorado map.  Colorado has been on fire….figuratively and literally.  We note the locations of wildfires.  Nope, don’t want to head in those directions.  We note the unusual high temperatures Colorado has been experiencing.  Therefore, up in elevation we must go to find relief from the heat.

Crested Butte, Colorado, is a scenic three-hour drive for us and sits at about 8,885 feet in elevation.  Crested Butte is a former coal mining town turned outdoor recreation destination, most notably for skiing.  The large amount of extreme skiing terrain has attracted the U.S. Extreme Skiing Championship, as well as the X Games.

This historic town is also a great summer destination.  Crested Butte is well known as one of the locations where mountain biking is claimed to have originated.  Other popular activities include; hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, four-wheeling, fishing, and camping.

Some lavender colored wildflowers growing near...

Some lavender colored wildflowers growing near the trail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Crested Butte is designated as the wildflower capital of Colorado by the Colorado General Assembly and hosts a number of unique festivals and parades throughout the year.

July 9th – 15th is this years Wildflower Festival.  I think this just might be what we need to scratch that itch.  Crested Butte here we come 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Wildflower Festival

  1. Curious as to how you will arrange a place to stay for the week… We are new rv owners discovering that campgrounds fill quickly, so we tend to visit before or after the big events… Do you have suggestions?

    • We will leave the 5th wheel behind and plan to tent it as we want to drive some of the back roads and explore. We like to boondock but will try for a camp spot at Lake Irwin. The U.S. Forestry Service is usually very helpful letting you know where you can boondock, how full the campgrounds are, up to date road conditions, and have area maps. Summertime definitely presents a challenge for traveling on a whim and resorting to reservations may be necessary. We too tend to avoid events. This will be a first for us in a very long time. If it’s too crowded, it’ll be our last! This past winter in the Phoenix area we ran into a lot of trouble with full campgrounds. Never did manage to get into Usery or McDowell Regional Parks. It can be disappointing and frustrating and that’s when we got good at boondocking….great on the wallet too! Also organizations like Escapees are a wealth of information.

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