Mount and valley

Mount Crested Butte is a separate location from Crested Butte, and has a higher elevation.  Snow has now begun to blanket the area since our visit in late September – which is good for skiers.  I can just imagine the white, glistening snow over the area during the winter.  

One of the many websites highlighting this area is https://www.mtcrestedbuttecolorado.us/, designation Mt. Crested Butte as home of world-class downhill skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hunting, golfing, as well as world-class art and music festivals. 

The resort town is home to just over 800 year-round residents and is located among the Elk Mountains.  The namesake mountain rises just above town to a height of 12,162 feet. “This unique setting affords some of the most breathtaking vistas in Colorado.”

Mount Crested Butte has some excellent lodging – whether hotels, condos or homes.  The area we liked was Wildhorse Trail, managed by Iron Horse Properties.  The view behind our vacation home was fantastic – like a postcard in each direction.  https://www.ironhorsecb.com/vacation-rentals-homes.asp?cat=4495

The valley below was picturesque as much as the mountains, nestled among the Elk, Snodgrass, White Rock and Teocalli Mountains.  From what I could tell the valleys include the Raggeds Wilderness and the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness.

Side view from front of vacation home

I’m glad you’re still coming along with us to enjoy the views. Below is a video clip of the drive through Mt. Crested Butte down toward Crested Butte.  

Dash cam view while traveling through the ski resort town of Mount Crested Butte down toward Crested Butte, Colorado during late September 2018.

Blessings along the way!

Ron

Aspens and life

Aspen trees glowed as we traveled through Kebler Pass 

Come!  Let’s travel a little distance along the Kebler Pass in the Colorado Rockies.  The Pass connects Crested Butte to Paonia to the west.

Kebler Pass is a terrific high-mountain pass and is a gorgeous seasonal shortcut to Aspen, Colorado.  

The pass summits at 10,007 feet above sea level, passing through the Gunnison National Forest.  It’s probably best know as one of the premiere spots to be blown away by the fall aspens.  It’s home to one of the largest aspen groves in the United States, situated in the Elk Mountains. https://www.uncovercolorado.com/scenic-drives/kebler-pass/

 
Aspen trees glisten in the breeze.

As I looked at these photos and thought about Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., I couldn’t help but begin writing out my personal thoughts.  I trust it is okay with you, if you choose to read them.   

As we see the beauty that rises up and around, beholding life that God has provided – even the air that we breath, the sun, the trees.

We are all special, just as we behold the Aspen in the beauty of the Rockies.

Can we say to this tree you are more important than the other?

Can we say to the leaf, glowing with brilliant, gold color that you are more beautiful than the green leaf that has not adjusted for the pursuing winter?

Can we say to the leaves that glisten and shine that you are more important than the ones that do not gather attention of the passer-by? 

The air moves and causes disturbance of the stillness; leaves move and sway with the direction they were moved, like an orchestration of love and beauty.

They enjoy life and fulfill their calling, adjusting their color, falling, providing cover and support, foundation for some of creation.

They yield as the cold gathers and the whiteness from the sky causes a new glisten – and they are renewed when the time is right.

I am thankful for the simple things of life. 

Is one day sufficient to be thankful for all that is around?

Family, friends, life, air, freedom, sustenance as energy for the shell that is home to my inner being, my soul.

I am thankful for life and the abundance of it – physical, mental and spiritual; for God who loves us and desires for us to see his beauty around; 

That He draws us to know of His eternal plan – and that His love surpasses all understanding.

Let’s listen to each other, love each other, be thankful for life and all that is offered. 

Being thankful is not for just one day of the year or even a month.

Recognize all that is around us – living each day – loving each day – caring each day,

Knowing that we are all different and created special for this moment.  

Blessings along the way!

Ron

Donuts and Nostalgia

Let’s go back in time with some good old-fashioned cake donuts and relics reminding us of years past.  

I was intrigued by the little donut shop in Crested Butte, Colorado.  It is mixed with delicious mini-donuts and nostalgia as well.

Nice, attractive Niky’s Donuts store front on Elk Avenue.

Niky’s Mini Donuts is a family owned and operated specialty donut shop & ice cream parlor located on the town’s main, historic road – Elk Avenue. 

“Our mini donuts are cooked fresh throughout the day and made to order just for you. We offer classic toppings like cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and regular glaze plus lot of other fun toppings like Maple Bacon, Fruity Tooty, Death by Chocolate and Homer. We have over 24 different toppings to choose from!

We serve ice cream in a cup, cake cone and homemade waffle cone. Add a topping or even a donut to your cup or waffle cone to make it your own creation!” https://nikysminidonuts.com/index.html

Donuts adorn the serving area – quite enticing.  
Preferred toppings await design
Donuts are freshly made daily in this kitchen.
Ice cream awaits the discriminating taster.

A little Elvis and memory lane triggers the mind of years past.
More nostalgia

Yum! Yum! A must try when in Crested Butte. 

Blessings along the way!

Ron

Cruising Crested Butte

Looking east along Elk Avenue toward Crested Butte Mountain.

Don’t you just love cruising the local streets of towns less traveled, enjoying the local flavor, culture, art and life itself? 

That’s the feeling when we traveled multiple times through downtown Crested Butte, Colorado recently, just before the snow season.  I thought I would capture a little of the quaintness of the shops and life during a normal weekday.  

I’m sure snow season presents a different scenario as cold weather “sportsters” converge on this beautiful little town, as well as Mount Crested Butte just above the town of Crested Butte.

With fly fishing being very popular in the area, the Dragonfly Anglers shop is unique for fishing supplies and apparel.  
The Artisan Rug Gallery is a stand-out building very noticeable while cruising along Elk Avenue.

Crested Butte Emporium and Old Trading Post

Real estate and dog grooming even goes together in nice, flavorful colors in Crested Butte.

One important factor we had to work through while staying in high altitude was oxygen.  I felt pretty good and didn’t have altitude sickness but at night I had to breathe deeper.  I also had a slight headache a couple of days and bought a can of oxygen.  I didn’t have noticeable change though.

Sea Level Spa and Oxygen Bar provides good service for adapting to the altitude.  Bicyclists and hikers are regular customers.  The shop also provides a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber for more in-depth treatment.

Some of us experimented with the oxygen bar.  It helped some but the next day we felt we needed another treatment.

If you travel from lower altitude and stay in some of the higher ones this is something that needs to be considered, and even adjusting the budget a little.  

As we cruised through the town there were local places that seemed to stand out.  The local art was noticeable as well as the bicycle shops and unique eating establishments.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is an attractive shop that would easily pull one inside. 
The Company Store is an interesting place that also incorporates the Secret Stash Pizzeria.  It seemed to be busy during their hours of business.  
Crested Butte Marshal’s Office and stone jail built in 1883

Let’s take a little ride along Elk Avenue, shall we?
https://youtu.be/u4u2fnJ_ZpE

All-in-all, Crested Butte is a great mountain town that I had envisioned it would be.  

Blessings along the way!

Ron

Paradise Cafe – Crested Butte

Fun, inviting sign at the cafe’s main,, busy intersection in Crested Butte, Colorado.

I always enjoy checking our some of the small, local restaurants to see the local “flavor.”  Paradise Cafe in Crested Butte is one of those special places.  

Restaurant front of Paradise Cafe in Crested Butte, Colorado

The atmosphere was inviting and the service was friendly. We stopped for breakfast and lunch.  The view is amazing also as one could look out the windows and see Mount Crested Butte in the background. 

Those not desiring a regular table may sit around the quaint, decorative bar area.

Outdoor seating is nestled among the tree canopy enabling one to take in the fresh air and observe the beauty.  
One of the surprises I found was the gluten-free pancakes.  Wow! I always look for gluten-free menu items and was amazed they carried the pancakes made with Pamela’s baking mix.  I use this mix when I make pancakes and other products at home.  This is the first time I’ve noticed a restaurant highlighting Pamela’s products.  (http://pamelasproducts.com)
Sign at back of restaurant.  

If you travel through Crested Butte and want a good breakfast, the Paradise Cafe will satisfy.  They have lunch as well.  

Blessings along the way!

Ron

Crested Butte, where are you?

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So – what is a “butte?”  According to dictionary.com a “butte” is an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.

I’m glad you continue the journey with me into Crested Butte, Colorado as we briefly explored the area in late September 2018, just before the snow season began.

IMG_7547-Crested Butte town street with mountain behind.jpgThere are practically unlimited photos of Crested Butte.  One of the websites with a significant display of images is http://bit.ly/2qJs3aL.

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Welcome sign along County Road 12 entering Crested Butte’s historic district.

History of Crested Butte. The Town of Crested Butte, fondly referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Elk Mountains’, sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet and is located 28 miles north of the City of Gunnison in the County of Gunnison. Crested Butte and the surrounding area was originally home to the Ute Indians. http://bit.ly/2RTySlt

In 1873, geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden was on an expedition surveying the Elk Mountains.  From the top of what is today known as Teocalli Mountain, Hayden referred to present day Crested Butte Mountain and Gothic Mountain as the “crested buttes”, which became the Town’s namesake.

With the days of coal mining long since passed, Crested Butte and the surrounding area is now a year-round vacation destination.  Known as “the wildflower capital of Colorado.”

Crested Butte is not only a heritage tourism site, but a playground for people of all ages and interests, with endless opportunities ranging from snow sports to wildflower viewing, river running to rock climbing, hiking to biking, and festivals and events.   (This information and more history is located at http://bit.ly/2RTySlt.

 

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Here is a little dash ride along the main route into Crested Butte, State Road 135.  https://youtu.be/Gby5jlsCxz4

 

 

Blessings along the way!

Ron

 

 

Journey to Crested Butte

2018-09-27-18-28-2 - Drive toward Crested Butte - dash camThe final leg of our destination in Colorado is now close.  We saw the Aspen trees in their yellow glory while at Pikes Peak and now we’re seeing more of their beauty traveling within an hour from Crested Butte.

2018-09-27-18-28-22_Moment - Drive toward Crested Butte - dash camMy next few posts will discover this beautiful, quaint town nestled among the gigantic Rocky Mountains.

NORMAL2018-0I thought I would give you a little windshield tour with my dash cam as we travel toward Crested Butte.  I’m glad you are coming along.

 

Blessings along the way!

Ron