Steamboat Springs!!

August 31, 2011

This weekend Sarah and I road tripped to Steamboat Springs for the weekend.  We had read about being able to stay in a train caboose at Strawberry Park Hot Springs outside of Steamboat Springs almost 9 months ago, reservations were tough to come by but we finally got in!

The car was packed and we were on our way.  I don’t even feel like I need to say it, but I will, the drive was beautiful.

View from Rabbit Ears Pass!

Wide Open Spaces!

Beautiful!

We arrived at Strawberry Park Hot Springs well after dark, so we checked in, put our swim suits on and headed for the hot springs immediately.  The walk down was very dark, plus we had never seen the place in the daylight so it was difficult to maneuver.  Thank god we had a flashlight.  Upon feeling our way around, bumping into a few naked folk here and there, we finally were able to make our way into the water.  It was amazing!  The stars were twinkling brighter than I had ever seen in my life!  It was a perfect night!  After we soaked for a couple of hours we headed back to the caboose.  All ready to jump into bed, a mouse ran across the floor!  I hate mice!  Needless to say between the mouse and Sarah worrying about bears, neither of us slept too well.

Upon waking, we had brought bagels and coffee for breakfast.  Seeing as the caboose was powered by solar power there were no outlets, which meant no coffee pot and not toaster.  So, we percolated coffee for the first time, and toasted bagels on the grill.  It turned out to be the perfect little breakfast.

percolating Coffee in the Caboose!

Grilling Bagels in Front of the Caboose

Our Perfect Breakfast Spot!

After breakfast we headed to the hot springs again.  Since the hot springs aren’t open to the public until 10 am, we practically had the place to ourselves!

This Way to the Pools!

Hot Springs!

Soaking in the Springs!

After the hot springs we headed to town to tube the Yampa river!  I didn’t get any pictures of us tubing, but I will share some of what it’s like!

Wasn't this packed, but you get the jest.

After tubing we walked through town a bit and stumbled upon the cutest little local market!

Sweet Pea Market

Olathe Sweet Corn...YUM!

Heirloom Tomatoes

After walking through town we headed back to the hot springs, showered and then came back to town for dinner.  We ate at Rio, where Sarah enjoyed a yummy margarita as we sat on the rooftop patio!

Yum!

That night we hit the hot springs again and called it a day.  The next morning we woke and headed to Fish Creek Falls for a hike.

Goodbye Cutie Train Caboose! Until Next TIme!

The Falls

After the hike, we headed back to Denver.  Such an amazing and relaxing weekend!

This Labor Day weekend we are headed to Iowa to visit my families lake house in Clear Lake.  Can’t wait to see my friends and family!  I’ll update you when we get back!

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