Day 8 – Buena Vista to Dillon
On our final day of traveling we had nothing but time as the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs outside of Buena Vista are a mere two hours away from Dillon in Summit County. Since most of our shoes were still wet from rafting the day before, we decided to kick back and enjoy the hot springs in the warm Colorado sun. Yesterday, afternoon showers had rolled in and provided a cool rinse of light rain to complement the hot springs warm water. Today is much warmer and the Colorado sun is shining bright, so make sure to use that sunblock. After taking a few quick dips, I settled down on a lounge chair and enjoyed my book, “The Ripple Effect” by Alex Prud’homme, which analyzes freshwater usage and supplies in the 21st century. An enjoyable read, I highly recommend it.
Before we pack up and headed back home I took one last dip in the river to cool off. Between the heat of the sun and the heat of the pools, ne of the best way to beat the heat is too lay out in cool Chalk Creek itself. Shortly thereafter we packed up or belongings and enjoyed a picnic lunch before driving north.
Originally our plan was to drive through Fairplay and Alma, eventually reaching Breckenridge before heading over Swan Mountain Road to get home. However, this day was the second to last stage of the epic USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which ended right in the middle of Breckenridge. As much as we would have enjoyed seeing the racers finish in, with more than 50,000 people crammed onto Breckenridge’s streets it would have been a nightmare to drive in and out of the town. So instead we drove the way we came, passing Leadville, Copper, and Frisco along the way. After stocking up for dinner at the local City Market, we arrived home sweet home. Once we unpacked and certainly aired out a week’s worth of dirty laundry, we settled down to enjoy a fine chicken dinner and gaze out at some of the best views this trip. The evening was event topped off with a gorgeous sunset across the High Country Rockies.
Hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I had folks, and if you ever get the chance I highly encourage you to take a trip and explore all of what Colorado has to offer.