Today was a sad day because our Rocky Mountain and Fraser adventure ended – but definitely ended on a high note nevertheless with a final golfing Evergreen hurrah. And more importantly, and true to form at the Wild Horse Inn, which he had been staying at the last few days in Fraser, CO, we were treated to another glorious breakfast Sunday morning – a waffle with Palisade peaches, Greek yogurt, and spicy pork sausages. We packed up as an that was going on I took some final pictures of the property, including of the fireplace and lobby area that I missed before. This is the lodgy great room field we all hope to have in our hunting room in the mountains one of those days. I loved all the wood finishes. We said our goodbyes to Donna and were out the door by checkout at 11AM. On the road again, we took on the challenging switching backs leading out of Winter Park up to Berthoud Pass (11,000 feet), back down to Georgetown for the 3rd time, and on to golfing Evergreen. As expected we hit a ton of traffic on I-70 after Empire once we hit the highway. Luckily we….
Today was the big day we were finally going to do the much awaited (at least for me) Georgetown Loop Railroad. I had been looking forward to this since I moved to Colorado a year ago. You can’t spend a day being a railroad dork without starting off without a satisfying breakfast made by John at the Wild Horse Iinn, even though we were still super full from our over stuffed game fest from the night before. #foodporn After breakfast, I finally found some time to check out eh Wild Horse Inn garden prior to us finding another hike. Besides some lovely places to sit and enjoy my my morning coffee, there were also some native Colorado wildflowers. The garden also included some herbs and vegetables used in the breakfast preparation.Since it was going to be hot today, and since we were heading to the Georgetown Loop Railroad in the late afternoon, we wanted to get an early start with the hiking – that meant out the door by 10AM. For us, that was an early start. And, we actually made it so. We decided to go for the Columbine Lake Trail, even though the inn receptionist, Donna, mentioned that we….
We woke up to a hearty breakfast at the Wild Horse Inn and discussed our grand plans to for hiking Grand Lake later in the day. We got in the previous afternoon to Fraser, CO, driving in from Denver, and managed to still fit a lot in to the day and the evening. Check out my blog about Devil’s Thumb Ranch and our evening ramblings here. The breakfast at the Wild Horse Inn did not disappoint. Even though the breakfast times were a little earlier than our liking (8AM, 830AM, and 9AM) – we of course chose 9AM – we rolled in slightly late having just woken up, and got to try two slices of orange zested gooey sourdough french toast with balanced crispy-chewy bacon and tart green grapes. After breakfast, I settled in to the comfy leather armchair in the great lodge living room and got some Travelport day-job work done – mainly checking emails and a few calls (it was Friday still after all). It was a little busy sitting there with guests coming and going, the phone ringing in the lobby, and the dog Bella barking on and off when she recognized people she knew – but it worked….
For the second time this year, we planned our family Colorado indulgence trip, this time to the Wild Horse Inn in Fraser, CO. What this basically means is enjoying lots of food and some aspect of Colorado – either the outdoors or elements of the culture (music,etc.). Back in April it was Broadmoor Jazz Festival. This Summer’s theme is all about exploring the glorious outdoors, with a healthy dost of food orgy that only the Jacobs know how to do. Our trip started Wed night when I picked my parents up at DEN Airport (this airport has a very interesting conspiracy theory associated with it if you’ve never heard of it before, check it out here). I got them a little bit later then expected because I was doing a workshop at the office all week so they hung out at the airport until 530PM. I brought them back to my condo, we unpacked for a bit and then we turned around and walked to Cherry Creek to experience 80s night at Elways with my friend Raquell. That was WAY bigger and crowded than we expected, so we only hung out for a while before we went inside to grab….
Some high school friends and I embarked on a Memorial Day Channel Islands Boating Adventure for 4 days, sailing from the Channel Islands Harbor to the Channel Islands, about 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles/Ventura County. The chief boat officers of Catamaran Escape for our Channel Islands boating adventure included: Captain: Chan McKearn – boat owner and father of my long-time friend Jay First-Mate and Master Chef: Jay McKearn – son of Chan and friend of mine from high school Skipper and Drink-Master: Tyler Endicott – friend of both Jay and me Chief Morale Officer: CJ (me) (this title basically means I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m around chiefly for everyone else’s entertainment). Arguably, the dog contributed more than I did. Chief of Getting in Everyone’s Way: Seamus the dog, Jay’s pit-bull. Jay and Tyler had spent the night on the boat, whereas I was dropped off around 9AM by dad – allowing me to get some family time in with my parents the night before. The boys and Seamus the dog were already prepping the boat for pushing out on our Channel Islands boating adventure, while Chan introduced himself and gave my dad a mini-tour….