Friday – September 13, 2013
It rained all night last night, here at the Heaton Bay Campground in Frisco, Colorado. The temperature dropped into the low 40’s, but we were quite cozy in our Casita Trailer. It was a soothing sound effect to fall asleep to the pitter-patter of raindrops landing on the roof of our trailer.
The temperature forecast through Sunday is for daily highs in the low 60’s, with nighttime lows in the low 40’s. Well, after all, this is 9,000 feet up in the mountains, and it is September!
We awoke at 8:00 a.m. to an overcast sky with the clouds covering the mountain peaks. By 10:00 a.m. patches of blue sky appeared, allowing the warmth of the sun to work its magic upon this tiny blue sphere in space, we call Earth. We will venture out today to explore the surrounding areas, enjoying the warmth of the sun beaming down upon us.
Our first stop was to the White River National Forest Visitor Center in Silverthorne, Colorado to pick up some additional camping information. This was just a short trip of about six miles, by taking a shortcut via the Dillon Dam Road rather than going there via I-70.
Next, we traveled to Frisco to pick up some supplies at Walmart and the Safeway food store. Last night our portable propane recreational heater finally gave out, after many years of faithful service. We purchased a "Little Buddy" Mr. Heater. This is a 3800 BTU/Hr propane heater that uses the disposable 1 lb. propane cylinder. We tested this little guy out immediately and were thrilled with how fast it warmed up our little trailer. These little heaters are nice to have for those times you do not want to fire up your generator to run an electric heater or fire up your furnace.
Next, we traveled to Breckenridge. This was a very nostalgic trip back in time for us. To see the slits of open green meadows in the mountains that highlight the ski runs that we skied in winter, brought back many found memories of our winter ski vacations during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The longing to ski these mountains one more time is intense, but we both understand this is a desire that cannot be fulfilled. Advancing years have taken their toll on our ability to handle the physical stamina required to ski these mountains again.
Breckenridge and Frisco have evolved over the years into larger communities, but still remain the quaint mountain towns that we so enjoyed visiting in the past. Breckenridge is celebrating "Octoberfest" this weekend and we will definitely join them in their celebration!
Tomorrow another adventure begins.