Crested Butte: Wildflower Capital of Colorado…and Other Stuff

Welcome to Crested Butte, Colorado

So, we’ve finally arrived at our westernmost-destination, and it’s been great to stretch our legs and get out of the car for the past few days!

Sarah showed us the town boulder and one of the nearby parks when we arrived. The town boulder is an artificial boulder, created as a way for people to practice bouldering, one of the typical activities in this town. The goal is to make it around the whole thing without falling.

Sarah on the boulder.

The next day we took two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to check out the wildflowers. Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado, and it did not disappoint. I won’t bore you with too many flowers, but here are a couple of pictures.

Prairie Smoke

Blue flowers. Don't know what they're called.

Sarah and I on the morning walk. Crested Butte Mountain in the background.

We have been doing a bunch of things. Sarah wanted to take me rock climbing, but that didn’t happen, so instead we went horseback riding! It was an adventure, and made me miss riding very much, even if we were just trail riding western-style on auto-pilot horses.

Sarah and I on our horses, on top of Cougar *something*. I wasn't paying attention so I don't remember the whole name.

Sarah's horse navigating some rocks in the trail.

After riding I went to watch her play softball. They won, 18-9.

Sarah in uniform. Her team name: The Whetstoners.

One delay that I didn’t expect was a little traffic jam. What happened? An accident? nope. Moving the cattle to the high country. We got to drive right next to a whole herd of cattle.

Moooooove over, cows!

For dinner one night we went to the best restaurant in Crested Butte: Soupcon. Some of the best food I’ve ever had. I had filet mignon and pommes frites with a stuffed portabella. Sisterpants had elk, mom had veal, and Joanie (mom’s friend, she’s so popular) had halibut. We shared the crème brule for dessert. Yum yum!

Soupcon, fine dining in Crested Butte.

As for the license plate game, we’re starting from square one on our return trip. We managed to find every state, except for Rhode Island. Those sneaky drivers. Didn’t see Washington, D.C. either, but I’m not as concerned with that one. It’s not an autonomous state, after all. We found Alaska and Hawaii both in Kansas, at rest stops. Those were very exciting times.

Final day of the license plate game! Almost completed the map!

Now I’m sitting in my sister’s workplace (The Sunflower Deli), enjoying an amazing breakfast sandwich and getting ready to hit the road again. I’m excited to hit up some horse country in Kentucky, and am going to try to do some fossil hunting along the way as well (nerd alert). I’m definitely going to miss these views though!

Crested Butte and reflection in Peanut Lake

Can't beat the weather!

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