After my time in Crested Butte I moved on to Breckenridge. Having never been to the area, I was really just expecting sort of a “touristy” place and not much else. Wow was I surprised. My original plan was to hang out at the Prospector Campground above the Dillon Reservoir for a week and figured I would be ready to move on
by then. Turns out there is TONS to do in this area. The Jeep trails around here are incredible. I think I ended up with more that 250 miles of 4wheeling in the area. There were incredible passes such as Webster, Mosquito and Deer Creek just to name a few of my favorites. The views and scenery were insane. I believed the area around Telluride was the best I had seen, but this place may be even better. Not only was the scenery awesome, many of the trails are actually semi challenging, unlike all those around the Telluride/Silverton/Ouray area. I could be certain I would not run into any mini vans or Subarus on these trails, which is a big win in my book! I love it when off road trails actually require off road vehicles.
There was also a great system of paved bike paths all around the area connecting Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon and Silverthorn. I managed more than 200 miles of cycling on the hybrid bike all around the area, it was a blast. On top of that, mountain bikes trails were also plentiful. Being that everything is a minimum of 9500’, it took a few days to acclimate and get comfortable riding. I know there is also a ton of hiking, but I only hit up a couple of hiking trails, I was just having too much fun on the bikes and in the Jeep. After my week ended in Prospector Campground I moved down to the first come first serve Pine Cove Campground right on the lake. While it is only a parking lot really, I scored a beach front site and enjoyed a huge chunk of shoreline all to myself. Add to the other activities kayaking, I was able to leave the boat inflated the whole time and paddled some each day. I wound up staying 12 days at Pine Cove and enjoyed every moment of it. On the first weekend I was there, the third annual Frisco Triathlon was taking place. This even it a little different than a standard triathlon, in that the segments consist of stand up paddle boarding (instead of swimming), mountain bike riding (instead of road cycling) and a off road trail run (rather than road running). What was cool is that the transition area was just 100′ from my RV, so I had a front row seat to all the action. Made for a fun morning with my camping neighbors cheering on the participants.
On one of my bike rides around the lake I spotted a friends RV in a campground on the other side of Dillon Reservoir! Turns out Gayle and Jim of Life’s Little Adventures had just arrived in their Lazy Daze rv. Last time I saw them was back in Arizona out at McDowell Mnt Park in December. I was able to meet up with them several times over the next week to check out some of the breweries in the area. We also made some bikes rides back and forth to each others camps during the week as well. Believe it or not, there are a whopping seven breweries spread around these adjoining small towns. I managed to squeeze in stops to Breckenridge Brewing, Outer Range Brewing, The Bakers Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewing, Broken Compass Brewing, Backcountry Brewing and Pug Ryan’s Brewing. My favorite in the area was definitely Outer Range. They just opened in December of 2016 and specialize in IPAs. They had an extremely varied selection, many very unique for sure, and I did not have one I did not like. While not in the immediate area, I also hit up Periodic Brewing in Leadville on one of the Jeep days over Mosquito Pass.
I explored each of the small towns and really liked the vibe in this whole area. The locals were all very friendly. My time here flew by and I feel like I could have spent much more time and still been extremely busy and not see all I wanted to. Yet another spot on the list of “I will be back” places. As I was preparing to leave, I worked out a deal with Gayle and Jim to nab my beachfront site down at Pine Cove. We coordinated a successful swap with the help of the camp host. They ended up staying the full 14 days in the spot and loved it as much as I did. I was sad to be leaving the area, but also excited because I was picking up my sister Kim in Denver in a couple of days. She decided to come out from Boston and spend her vacation with me exploring some of Colorado. It’s going to be great fun and I have been looking forward to it for a long time!
I guess I should mention “the fire”. The day I arrived in Breckenridge a forest fire broke out just 1 1/2 miles from town. It even forced the evacuation of the Peak 7 neighborhood up near the ski resort. That first day it was a crazy smoke plume, but it honestly slowed down pretty quickly. I attended some public meetings in town with the fire crews to follow the situation. Fortunately the fire never grew beyond 85 or so acres and the weather cooperated and afternoon rains began to fall. It was really pretty much under control within a week and had basically no effect on my visit to the area. Other than a few of the MTB and hiking trails being closed over by the resort, but I never even got around to exploring those areas anyway. Again, there is a lot for me still to see and explore here, plus a bunch that I would do over and over. So off I go to Denver (uhg, it is like 90+ degrees there!!) for some brother/sister time……This entry was posted in Blog and tagged beer, biking, brewery, colorado, fulltime, gorving, jeep, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rubicon, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.