Our last day of vacation. We had a bad hotel breakfast and hit the road. I had aspirations to hike again, but the torrents of rain on the drive to Monarch Pass washed them away. The weather improved on the other side, but by then we had lost our enthusiasm.
Instead, we visited South Park City in Fairplay. The South Park City museum is an outdoor museum that recreates a 19th century Colorado mining town (for New England friends, think of Old Sturbridge Village or Strawbery Banke). Since we had spent so much time visiting old mining ghost towns, this fit in well with the rest of the vacation. It’s a pretty extensive museum, and we learned a lot and had a good time. And of course, took some pictures.
After the museum, it was time to head home. An accident closed 285, so we had to add on another 20 minutes or so by going home via Breckenridge. And with that… vacation was over.
I’m generally a big planner, and this is the first time I’ve ever left home without an itinerary. I’m glad to say that it worked out just fine. The last few days of mixed rain and cold made the trip end on an anti-climatic note, but no amount of planning would have fixed that. We had a great time, and I’ll be leaving more trips unscheduled in the future.
That’s the story of our 13-day road trip through the southern Colorado mountains with stories and photos. Coming up next will be a short series of posts with some final adventures from 2018. After that I’ll start sharing some Joshua Tree stories from 2019. Stay tuned for more.