Thursday, April 15, 2010

A-Basin & Silver Plume

Today's adventure consists of none other than my all time favorite sport: skiing!!
We left Boulder around 7:30 am in a two car caravan embarking on an hour long road trip to the town of Dillon. We made a quick stop at Einstein Brothers Bagels to fuel up!
My toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with plain shmear hit the spot.
I took tons of scenery photographs on the journey. We went from the flat lands of grazing cows, through the town of Golden - home of the Coors Brewery and eventually hit the mountains in all their glory. Here is a look at the variety of landscapes we experienced.
Colorado = home of the Rocky Mountains!
I loved driving through these tunnels. I spotted lots of wildlife on the drive, specifically the Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep! {Photo source - since I didn't actually get that close}Eventually the snow capped mountains appeared. We climbed to higher and higher elevations on the winding mountain roads.
I spy ski trails...
Around the other side of the mountain you descend into the basin.
Arapahoe Basin to be precise.
A-Basin to the locals.

Ready to hit the slopes!
Here are some of the views from the ride up the Norway double chair - climbing to elevations upwards of 13,000 feet.It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, if you couldn't tell. It was spring skiing at its finest! I was able to shed my winter coat after a few runs. And after a couple more we took a mid-morning beer break at The Beach. From the A-Basin website: The infamous "Beach" scene cannot be replicated by any other ski resort in Colorado. The Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as the "Beach." The Beach backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts, snow and great skiable terrain. From personal experience: The Beach is the party scene. You bask in the sun, you grill, you make friends and you drink beers. This is what it's all about!! 
And I met up with another UNHer!
Lisa and I go way back, she was one of my roommates Sophomore and Junior years of college. She moved out to Keystone (10 minutes away) a few years ago. The scene at the beach.
This is the life! Eventually we got back out there again.
Then we stopped at the Continental Divide overlook for what else....
A photo shoot.

On the way home we pulled off I-70 into a historic mining town called Silver Plume. 
This is Downtown.
Main St. Silver Plume, Colorado 80476
This is the Post Office.
These are the houses.
And this is Sopp and Truscott Bakery.
A Bakery With Altitude!!Elevation: 9,118 feetEverything about it is absolutely charming; from its home situated on the paved dirt road surrounded by a backdrop of mountains, to the single green chair that sits out front, to the antique appliances lining the shelves of the interior.
All of their breads and pastries are baked fresh daily.
I basically took a picture of every thing at every angle. Outside and in.
I'm fascinated that this refrigerator it is still in working order.
If you live in or are vacationing in Colorado and ever happen to be driving up I-70 to or from the ski mountains, you must stop in.

Here you've got your rye, barley flakes, rolled oats, wheat berries and white rice.
This place is a real gem. This whole town is!Experiencing a little slice of Historic Colorado was the icing on the cake of a perfect day.
Bye Silver Plume. 
P.S. I purchased a Naughty Bar ($2.50) and ate it on the drive home.
This decadent bar of goodness boasts coconuts, walnuts, pecans and chocolate chips in a brown sugar filling with a flaky butter crust.
I adore Colorado!

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