Exploring: Salida, Colorado

After our exploration of St. Elmo, Sprocket and I headed out past Mt. Princton Hot Springs back to the highway and headed south to Salida, enjoying the views of the southern Sawatch Mountains the whole way.

Sawatch

US 285

In Salida, I realized that I’d left my laptop at home which severely cramped my plans to do some grading and blogging but I made do with some #hikerchat and just relaxed with coffee and quiche at Brown Dog Coffee.

Brown Dog Coffee, Salida

Since I couldn’t get much work done, Sprocket and I took full advantage and wandered around town enjoying the sunshine. Spring was out in full force!

Beth and Sprocket

We walked through the shops and down the main streets:

Salida, Colorado

We wandered around by the Arkansas River:

Arkansas River Arkansas River

I made Sprocket pose with historic railroad equipment:

Denver & Rio Grand Caboose with Sprocket

We creeped on a Wagoneer driving through town:

Wagoneer; Salida, CO

Finally, after we’d seen what there was to see in town, we headed to Poncha Springs where we were going to meet Mike and then head to the trailhead.

Poncha Springs

We had some time to kill so Sprocket and I revived our living on the road skills and made ourselves at home in the rest area.

Poncha Springs Visitors Center

Sprocket Poncha Springs

It was a really rough life, hanging out in the sunshine, reading, and enjoying the views.

Sprocket with the Sawatchs

The breeze kicked up as the sun sank on the horizon and we crawled into the jeep to stay a little bit warmer. I think #jeeplife suits us well, don’t you think?

Beth and Sprocket

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