September 9, 2012
Not much going on today, on and off rain and windy. We spent most of the day watching the Pats game and the US open tennis finals. We did manage to squeeze in some tennis in between the rain drops. All and all it is was a kickback day.
September 10, 2012
The morning wasn’t looking good for outdoor activities. The wind was blowing a steady 30 mph and they were predicting rain showers during the day. They are still having problems with the smoke from all the wildfires. We spent some time in the morning pre packing the car for our early departure in the morning. The car needed an oil change, so we were off to Coeur D’Alene, to get that task out of the way. We ended up at a Honda dealer, who was nice enough to squeeze us in and get us on our way in under an hour. They do things different in the Wild West. We walked around town and had a nice lunch before heading back to the condo. They have freeze warning for tomorrow morning, so it will be a cold start. Hopefully it will warm up by the time we get to Idaho Falls, our stop for the night. That’s about it, pretty boring stuff.
September 11, 2012
Travel day today to Idaho Falls. We left Blanchard Idaho with temps in the low thirties. We stopped along the way at this little restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It didn’t look great from the outside but the food was great. Annette had some homemade beef soup and I had the chili with cheese and onions. A little daring with another few hours in the car! We had a long drive to Idaho Falls, where we stopped for the night. Some nice scenery along the way and still a lot of smoke from the fires that are still burning and the new fires that have recently started from the lightning strikes. We had dinner in the Celt Pub and Grill. The food was good and the beer was cold, what more could you ask for. Maybe a nice steak dinner for a change! Anyway, we can fix that problem tomorrow.
September 12, 2012
We started out early this morning with temps still in the thirties. The drive was nice and scenic but there was still smoke in the air, all the way to Colorado. We arrived at the condo in Steamboat Springs around 3pm. This is a very nice area with many shops and dinning choices. There are bike paths, lakes, hiking and many outdoor activities to satisfy every ones tastes. We ate dinner at the Mahogany Ridge Brewery, that was recommended by the girl at the front desk. Annette had the lamb and I had steak, both of which were exceptional. The service was great and all and all it was a good choice. We have a down day tomorrow before the next leg of the trip, somewhere in Kansas.
September 13, 2012
We slept in this morning and after relaxing for awhile we went for a bike ride. They have a very nice bike trail that runs along the Yampa River. The trail branches off into Steamboat Springs, so we headed to town for a cappuccino. We even found an old time soda fountain that made Lime Ricky's, with fresh squeezed limes. If you've never had one, give it a try sometime. We walked around town for awhile and then headed back to the condo. The trail was a little uphill on the way back and at 6000 feet you could really feel the old heart pumping. If felt like it was coming through chest. I guess you just have to get use to the altitude. Or, you could just head back to Florida, where we find our good friend, sea level. We might go back to town later for a cold one and we will probable eat at the condo tonight. We have a few more days before we hookup with Noel and Mary in Georgia and can’t wait to see them. We are missing all our friends in Florida and can’t wait to see you all. Take care and see you all soon.
Bob and Annette