Ok, we mentioned in our last update that the internet service at our campsite in Creede simply S,,, ok I’ll keep it clean,,, was pathetic at best so we will bundle the last week of our stay together into one update.
We also mentioned in our last update that we drove the Bachelor Loop and we enjoyed it so much that we drove it again, this time during the evening hours in hope we would run across some critters.
We must have seen 15 or more deer but the highlight was a moose spotting. It was laying down when Diane spotted it but after saying MOOSE she immediately said, No I think it’s a stump. By that time I had stopped and also had a hard time telling if it was a stump or an animal, it was roughly 75 yards from the road and was dead still.
So I grabbed my camera and got out, left the motor running and the door open and slowly walked in its direction. After I walked about 20 yards it turned its head and proved that Diane was right in her first assumption of it being a moose. As soon as I took one picture it stood up and amplified its proof of being a big ol moose!! About then I retreated before snapping another picture LOL!! It didn’t seem to mind us being there too much and never showed any aggression but we were not about to be the next You Tube sensation gone viral so we admired from afar and then continued on our journey as did the moose.
On two other days we drove to Lake City, a nice small town 52 miles northeast on highway 149. Why make the drive twice you ask, scenery is the answer. On our first drive over the weather was not the greatest and even though the leaves were starting to turn colors we knew they would turn a whole lot more before we planned to leave the area so we decided then that we would drive over again.
During our first visit we walked the streets of town and ate lunch at Southern Vittles that we had heard was the place to eat. Diane had Catfish and I had chicken fried steak. I thought my meal was pretty good but Diane wasn’t overly thrilled with hers. But I will say that while we were there 80% of the people were eating catfish for what it’s worth so they must be known for it in the area.
There are more ATV’s used to get around than cars in some towns.
On our second trip to Lake City it was our intension to take in the views once again and drive what we could of the Alpine Loop that starts just outside of town. We had read that after a few miles the loop turned into an ATV or 4×4 road but we still wanted to drive it as far as we felt comfortable.
I love the choice of seating in Lake City
We drove roughly 12 miles on the loop before finally turning around even though we could have gone farther but the road was pretty slow going for us and by the time we turned around about every other vehicle on the road was either a side x side or some other type of off road rig so we figured turning around wasn’t a bad idea. I guess you can drive that road all the way to Silverton or Quray, but not in our rig. It was one of the times we missed having the Jeep and OR having an ATV,,, hmmm.
On the way home from that day trip we stopped at Freemon’s General Store to try one of their hamburgers that we heard so much about. The building is very old and reminds me of a place we might have gone while growing up on the farm back in Iowa, no frills, a little bit of everything not a whole lot of anything but a spot you just like to go that has real friendly people behind the counter.
Freemon’s General Store
Diane had a cheeseburger and I had a bacon burger and both were really good. It lived up to the hype as far as we were concerned right down to the beer battered French fries and the sautéed onions on the burgers.
Let’s see, I guess we are talking about food so let’s continue. While in the area we also had to try the pizza joint in town called Elevation 8852 that we were told about. The pizza was really good and the young lady running the place and her husband manage 5 different businesses in town, a couple restaurants, an ATV rental outfit and a cabin rental business and I don’t remember the other. They run the shops for owners that are just owners and are hands off in the everyday operations which makes it nice for the couple. They run the shops 5 months out of the year then close them down and travel the remainder of the year. Damn, why couldn’t we find a gig like that while still in the work force?
And yes, we did more than just eat, we toured the Creede Underground Mining Museum one morning with Debbie & Steve before they left town. Like the Last Chance Mine Tour the entry fee was $15 each and lasted a little over an hour I would guess.
You can do a self-guided tour with headsets if you want but we opted to do a tour led by a retired miner that added a little something to the tour we felt and he did a great job of explaining the equipment on display and different methods of mining.
Instead of going into detail here is a link you might find interesting. http://www.undergroundminingmuseum.com/
We did the tour on a Sunday so right afterwards we rushed home to watch Kansas City play a fantastic come from behind game on TV. GO CHIEFS!!!!
Another fun event was an annual car show. For a small town it was a pretty good show and roughly 150 cars were in attendance.
Car show in Creede
We spent a good part of the day checking out all the eye candy and sitting in the sun in benches watching the event.
Car show in Creede
The car show was on a Saturday and on the following Sunday was a Fly In at the airport just across the street from our campground.
Everyone flew in, had breakfast, visited for a while and flew away. It was a short event but long enough to walk around and check out the planes and watch them all take off. Pretty much all of them did a low fly over as they left the area.
To top it off the next day we had a herd of sheep go down the road next to the park LOL!!! A car show, an air show and then a sheep parade, how can it be any better LOL!! It was fun watching the dogs work.
Watching the dogs work the herd was fun & interesting
We mentioned in our last update that after only 2 days we decided to extend our stay from 1 week to 2 weeks but in order to do that we had to change sites. Our new site was right on the Rio Grande River. The nose of our coach was about 30’ from the river’s edge which made for a great place to just relax, listen to the water and enjoy a little down time. On those “down days” we took a couple walks and chatted with a number of RVers that had been coming to this campground for years and we can see why.
That’s out site to the left of the brown deck
The town does have a number of events each year like a ATV Poker run in early June, an annual 4th of July Street Festival, a Woodcarvers Rendezvous, a Rock & Mineral show, a Hot Air Balloon Festival, Salsa Fest, a Quilt Show and of course the Car Show and Fly In and a few others. All in June July and early September. Plus the park has hiking group, a group that goes golfing each week, an ATV group and it sounds like there are a number of gatherings on top of everything else so a person could stay pretty busy and it all sounds like fun to us.
Damn those Beetles!!
They are working on cutting away a bunch of the dead tree’s closer to the roads it seems.
That pretty much sums up our stay in Creede. We are already talking about reserving a site here for next summer, maybe for the months of mid-July to mid Sept. but I think that will hinge on if we end up buying an ATV like we have talked about. We really like the area but ATV’s and hiking are a big part of the draw to this area and we are not sure we could just hang around that long otherwise.
We had originally planned to head a little east and then start our migration south when leaving Creede but because we stayed an extra week we decided to just start a slow move south so we wouldn’t need to pick up the pace any. Plus the temps were starting to get pretty cool at night (low to mid 30’s) and high’s during the days were low 50’s to mid-60’s during the daytime. Nit horrible but a chance of snow popped up on the forecast one day and that was the final straw LOL!!
North Clear Creek Falls Between Creede & Lake City
So on Friday (9/23) we lifted our jacks and drove back over Wolf Creek Pass and on to the Sky Ute Casino where we will spend a few days. The drive wasn’t bad except for the ice buildup on the windshield LOL!!! I think we need to drive a little faster south.
I took this from our campsite.