Sunday, September 15, 2013

Loveland Pass, CO - 09/15/13

Sunday – September 15, 2013
Loveland Pass, Colorado

We awoke to an overcast morning here at the Heaton Bay Campground in Frisco, Colorado. By 11:00 a.m. the sky cleared. Time to go exploring!

Our adventure today took us on route US-6, a steep winding road, that connects to I-70. Trucks carrying hazardous materials are not allowed to go through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 and must use US-6 as a by-pass to reconnect with I-70. Our first stop was the Arapahoe Basin ski area. This ski area is not for the beginning skier. The ski runs are quite steep and require a high level of skiing ability. I’m guessing we were at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Our next stop was Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide at an altitude of 11,992 feet. This is the highest point on US-6. The views of the mountain peaks, valleys and open meadows at this altitude are simply breathtaking. It was quite cold, probably in the low 30’s. A brief rain shower had moved into the area and at times produced a few snowflakes. On our descent back down the mountain we came upon a mountain lake. It was a small lake with crystal clear water. It was quite shallow at the shoreline, but the transition to dark blue water further from the shoreline told a telltale sign of much deeper water. A hiking path circled the lake with log benches positioned at strategic scenic positions along the trail. This area would be a wonderful place to have a picnic lunch on a sunny, warmer day.

We returned to Frisco, Colorado for a late lunch at Bagali’s Restaurant. I had spotted this restaurant during one of our earlier visits and it looked interesting. It turned out to be a good choice. One of their specialties is gourmet, 10" size pizzas. We ordered corn soup as an appetizer, which was absolutely delicious. For our main course we ordered the Gorgonzola Cheese, Smoked Bacon, Potato & Basil Pizza. It was a thin crust pizza, sliced into 8 slices and quite delicious.

We returned to our campground, refreshed and ready for an evening of relaxation.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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