Friday morning we headed up I-70, turned at Silver Plume and stopped in Kremmling for a quick break. The scenery in spots was magnificent with a lot of yellow and gold. We passed an area with what looked like 200 or more small tents of different colors. I thought it was a fisherman's tent village. Later we found out that it was where the firemen sleep while fighting the forest fire that has been raging since June. We did see white smoke over the ridge of a mountain.
We arrived in Steamboat Springs and the GPS on my phone got us to the large and beautiful home. The house has three large bathrooms, and can sleep around eight persons. I had a choice of a bunk bed or sharing a bed with my friend. I chose to share the Queen size bed!
The last time I had been in Steamboat was when my grandson was playing soccer and my son was still alive! I recalled the fun time we had and how we had extended our stay another day to just enjoy being in the mountains. While my friend rested, I drove to the Yampa River where the trees sparkled in yellow and gold.
We ate dinner at Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant and then returned to the house. The next morning we had breakfast prepared by her son in law and his daughter of avocado and egg on toast! We then went looking for Pearl Lake which we were told was located about forty miles from Steamboat. We saw a solitary hot air balloon floating silently in the blue sky!
Pearl Lake is a peaceful and colorful lake. There were a few paddle boarders, some kayaks, two children with their dog at the edge of the lake and us.
Later in the day, we went to an area near Oak Creek to a cabin where the rest of the family was staying. What a fun cabin that reminded me of a museum. We sat outside at they all talked about their first meetings. My friend's son in law's family from New York who he found after searching for his biological family.
What a fun weekend, what friendly people, and what a wonderful place to spend a few days!
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