As Al and I enjoy a leisurely lunch on the outdoor patio at Grappa Bistro in downtown Golden, we discuss a new location. Although I am in love with Golden, Colorado, it’s time to move on…..move on to cooler temps. I suggest Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s August 20th and the tourist season is winding down. So I feel confident we’ll have no trouble finding a camp spot. Besides, it should only take us about an hour and a half at the most to get to Estes Park.
Al has other thoughts. He suggests Steamboat Springs and the campground at Steamboat Lake. We return to the RV and he presents me with information on Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area. It’s been almost fourteen years since our last visit to Steamboat. Al, the consummate gentleman, always acquiesces to my whims. Perhaps it’s time I agree to his……nah, I allow him to plead his case and pry me with champagne and chocolate before submitting….”you win”. I’m kidding, no champagne was needed. I really didn’t care where in Colorado we went, but it was fun playing with hubby.
We say our good-byes to daughter and the next morning we depart Golden and head west on Interstate 70. We’ll need to cross the Continental Divide twice. Our first summit is Loveland Pass at 11,158 feet above sea level. We drive through the famous Eisenhower Tunnel. This tunnel is the highest vehicle tunnel in the United States and is approximately 1.7 miles in length. The Eisenhower Tunnel is located 50 miles west of Denver.
Whew, one pass behind us. At the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne, we head north on Highway 9 and eventually pick up Highway 40 in the town of Kremmling. We’re heading toward the northwest part of the State of Colorado. Rabbit Ears Pass is our next Continental Divide crossing at an elevation of 9426 feet. This pass is long and more gradual. No white knuckles necessary!
We arrive in the town of Steamboat Springs in time for lunch. We manage to find parking and a rustic, quaint restaurant where we devour a couple of Buffalo Burgers before heading north on County Road 129, twenty-six miles to Steamboat Lake.
We arrive at Steamboat Lake State Park and set up camp on Bridge Island; a less popular loop without electric that sits on a peninsula. We have a private spot in paradise. We spend the rest of the evening relaxing and taking in the beauty……