Hubby and I always look forward to visiting one of our favorite Colorado mountain towns. Our friends are just as much a fan of Crested Butte, Colorado, as are we, but it’s been years since they last visited this well-known ski town. Crested Butte isn’t just known for its awesome skiing…..it is considered the birth place of mountain biking. Now I’m sure there’s some folks that might disagree, but keep in mind, I’m just repeating the Crested Butte information that I’ve read.
This quaint little mountain town is also home to the Wildflower Festival held each July when the mountain meadows are covered in blooms. Hubby and I visited this area last year for exactly that reason. However, 2012 brought very little moisture to Colorado; producing drought conditions and a poor showing of blooms….so we were told. The locals – from shop keepers, to wait staff, to city workers – all apologized for the poor display of wildflowers and encouraged us to revisit. Ok….twist my arm!
So revisit we shall and we can’t wait to share the day with our friends. Last year’s trip was a lot of fun even though the showing of wildflowers wasn’t spectacular. I was indeed a very happy camper. You can read about our 2012 tenting adventure in Crested Butte here.
On last year’s trip, we discovered a great little place for breakfast called McGill’s. Al and I knew any return trip to Crested Butte would include a stop at McGill’s for breakfast. With our friends in tow and tummies gurgling, we arrived at McGill’s for a late breakfast around 9 a.m. First order of business – coffee. They serve the yummiest coffee, roasted right there in Crested Butte.
Camp 4 Coffee is a locally owned coffee shop and roaster. Before heading out of town, we purchased a couple of pounds of the “Sledgehammer” roast. McGill’s serves the “Blue Mesa” blend which Al really enjoys….and he’s not normally a coffee drinker, but he is at McGill’s.
With tummies full and plenty of coffee to keep us zinging for a few hours, we’re off to explore the backcountry. We head north past Mount Crested Butte and toward the town of Gothic. Our goal today was Emerald Lake. Last year we never made it to the lake because traffic was too heavy for our liking. The Wildflower Festival brings folks in from around the world, thus tourists everywhere.
Our trip today was perfect…..perfect weather, few tourists, and enjoyable company. The road got a little rough in spots, but nothing my Toyota couldn’t handle. We enjoy our photo op at Emerald Lake then meander our way back to our camp at Blue Mesa.
I wrote three posts last year with a little more information on Crested Butte and the surrounding area. Feel free to check out the posts starting here.
Once again, we did not get our fill of the area and Al and I vow to return again next summer. I believe our friends share our sentiment and are ready to return with a moments notice.