Colorado 2010 – Day 43

Carbondale: Hiking Avalanche Creek

Thursday June 17, 2010

Today is planned as a rest day and time to explore around Carbondale. Neither of us have ever been in this part of Colorado. We get some ideas for hiking from the local forest service office and we decide to head down to Avalanche Creek for the day. Mom hates driving on gravel roads, and we have to drive a very narrow and rough one to get to the trailhead. Applause, applause to Mom for going outside of her comfort zone. It really gets outside of her comfort zone when we have to drive a shallow creek crossing, but she does outstanding. We have a bit of lunch and then head out on the trail. It is pleasant enough but I’m not sure it was really worth stressing Mom with the gravel road driving.

We spend the rest of the afternoon hanging out next to our cabin which is right on the river (the river is high and our cabin is even sand-bagged) and going into Carbondale to do laundry, stock up on food and have dinner at a popular, local pizza place which features a nice selection of microbrews and outdoor dining. It’s a cool little town, but you can definitely still feel the Aspen influence here.

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