Yet another return stop for us in Colorado. We’re going to explore some new places around this state eventually… I swear. Somehow we ended up taking the same route through Colorado as we did last year, and so far that has meant a series of return stops. Which really isn’t a bad thing. As much as we love exploring new places, there’s a certain comfort that comes with returning to a familiar location. One where you already know how to find the grocery store, the recycling center, and the frozen yogurt shop.
This year we snagged ourselves a site with a lake view at the Peak One Campground. It’s a very popular spot and the only reason we got a site was because I reserved it months ago. The campground is pretty basic with no hook-ups, no showers, and no dump station. The sites are spaced well, but fairly small. All of this combined means that we saw more tents, pop-up trailers, and small campers, than what we typically see at the average campground.
The major difference between this year and last year is that we now have bikes, which means we got to enjoy some of the many, many trails in the area. Our first ride was on the Perimeter Trail that follows the edge of the lake and then climbs over the hill behind us to make a nice 8ish mile loop.
The trail started off as an easy single track with gorgeous lake views. As we rounded the point and passed the Pine Grove campground things got a bit more difficult. The grade increased and we soon found ourselves biking up a very narrow, rock filled trail with a scary steep drop off down to the lake on one side. I did not get any pictures of this section becuase I was so focused on staying on the trail and not hitting any rocks that picture taking was not an option. At the top we were rewarded with a wonderful lake view.
From there we continued around the lake, dodging rocks and branches, and occasionally stopping to enjoy the view.
For our second biking excursion we drove over to the dam and hoped on the paved bike path. The path travels over the dam, past the Dillon Marina, and alongside the lake shore.
After passing the lake we continued riding all the way to Keystone, passing by housing developments, a golf course, the Snake river, and finally arriving at the ski village where we had a not very good, over-priced lunch, and then headed back. The ride clocked in at nearly 20 miles total, and since it was a gradual uphill nearly the whole way from Dillon to Keystone (all at an elevation close to 10,000′), the return journey was much quicker and more enjoyable.
Biking alongside the the lake is all well and good, but as everyone knows the best way to enjoy a lake is to actually get out on it. Lucky for us, we were offered an amazing opportunity to do just that. New blog reader Bill had just discovered our blog and was delighted to learn that we were right down the road from his home in Breckenridge. Even better, he keeps his sailboat in the Frisco marina about a mile away from our campground and offered to take us out for a ride. You don’t need to ask us twice!
We met Bill at his boat and were quickly taken with his friendly out going manner, and enthusiasm for life. He’s one of those people who immediately makes you feel at ease, and if we had any doubts about going on a sailing adventure with a complete stranger, they were quickly erased in the first few minutes of meeting him.
Bill has a long history with both sailing and traveling, and right now is in the process of arranging his life to make more travel possible. He’s well on his way and we fully expect to see him out here on the road someday soon.
We’re constantly amazed by the incredible people who we’ve met in our travels. One of the reasons why we decided to take on this nomadic lifestyle was to get out of the rut we felt our lives had fallen into. Same routine, same circle of friends, same weekend activities…same, same, same. It was enough to bore anyone. While we still have our boring moments (when we’re not doing the fun stuff you read about here, we’re pretty boring), we find ourselves expanding our horizons, trying new things, and best of all meeting new people. New people who we might never have come across in our former lives. Neither of us are very adventurous when it comes to meeting new people, but begin nomadic has forced us to step out of our comfort zone, reach out to strangers, and interact with all kinds of folks. As a result we’ve met some truly amazing people. People like Bill who invite two complete strangers to spend the afternoon sailing with him.
We had a great time sailing around the lake and chatting about all things related to traveling. Bill, like most travelers who we meet, has a similar outlook on life as us, and as a result we had a ton to talk about.
While we’re not yet ready to trade in the RV for a boat, it was really great to get out and enjoy the water. We spend a lot of time near water, but seldom do we get to get out on it, so this was a special treat for us. Thanks again Bill, and we look forward to bumping into you somewhere down the road.