From Bend, we drove 8 hours to Twin Falls, Idaho and then another 8 hours to our new winter home in Crested Butte, CO.
Last winter, we broke up our time between Breckenridge and Park City, living in our RV, and staying at 4 season campgrounds. This year, we wanted to find a smaller mountain town, that ran at a slower pace. So in May, we headed out to Crested Butte and Telluride to check out their camping situations. Neither town had a campground that offered heat probed water for our trailer, and we realized we were going to have to consider finding a rental property. While in CB, we followed a lead and found a very affordable, 400 sq foot "tiny cabin". We decided to go for it.
On October 1st, we moved into our new winter digs, and our friends Jeanine and Eric, came on up from Breckenridge to welcome us. After moving our limited belongings into the cabin, we immediately got to work exploring CB sans snow. The boys headed up Gothic Mountain, and the ladies headed to one of the last farmers markets of the year, and made some new yoga friends.
The following weekend, we jumped in the van and headed up Cottonwood Pass, to make the loop on over to Kebler Pass. Heading through Tin Cup, Twin Lakes, Independence Pass, and eventually Aspen, we spent the night at the Maroon Bells and decided to hike to them in the morning. We were grateful for an early start, as around 10 am, the trail got quite crowded with tourists. From there, we headed to Carbondale to check out Cripple Creek Backcountry Ski Shop, a podcast that Nick frequently listens to, and then to Marble. Marble didn't have much going on, and we dug it. Nick wanted to check out some backcountry ski lines, and while we were there, we had to check out Slow Groovin BBQ. Then up Kebler Pass we went, checking out the fall foliage, before heading back down into Crested Butte.
Britt was able to find at the local school district, and after her first week of getting into the groove of the schedule, we packed up the van again and headed out to Silverton, CO. The drive heading through Oray and on the Million Dollar Highway was beautiful and a bit intimidating with no guard rails to separate us from a fall. After checking out the town, we drove on up to Silverton Mountain "Ski Resort" to hike around and check out the area. Instead of spending the night, we decided to head back to CB, so we could get a somewhat early start mountain biking the next day.
We have so much on our wish list to check out before ski season starts, we are really thrilled to be in the mountains, and in CB this winter.