Thursday we drove over to Lake City, traveling over two high passes, Slumgullion Pass at 11,361 ft. and Spring Creek Pass at 10,901 ft. It was a drive of about 50 miles but took almost two hours to travel because of the many switchbacks and of course slow traffic ahead of us. It was a very nice day for a drive and we enjoyed it. I can't wait to come back when the leaves have changed on the millions of aspen trees. I just hope that my Internet connection is better by then so I can add some photos.
We stopped in the tiny town of Lake City, a city of only 375 permanent residents. Lake City is also interesting because it is the only incorporated municipality in the entire county, and of course is the county seat of Hinsdale County. I noticed that the average temperatures do not rise above freezing from November through March. That's probably the reason that there are only 375 people that live there!
We had a nice snack for lunch at Poker Alice restaurant. This place serves everything from breakfast (limited hours) to salads and pizza. We split a couple of slices of pizza and it was very tasty.
The story of Poker Alice can be found on the restaurant website. She was a very interesting lady, back in the day!
We returned to the park and went over to the Bear Lodge here in the park to meet with our neighbors for a delicious fish fry. They are all avid fishermen, so we certainly took advantage of the invitation to eat with our friends.
Thursday was another slow day around here. We went over to our friends Daywyn and Becky to play dominoes during the afternoon. Stella had put some chili on to cook in the crockpot, so when Pat and Lori came back down here from their home in Los Alamos NM, we had supper ready for the six of us. It looked like rain so we ate at Pat and Lori's place but it never did rain on us.Yesterday and today were the only days that it didn't rain since we've been here. We'll still take it over the Texas weather and another drought there. We sat outside chatting until about 9 o'clock, enjoying the cool night air.