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Memorial to the 10th Mountain Division in Breckenridge, CO.

Willis and Blayde in front of the Dredge Restaurant and Bar, Breckenridge,...

Blayde enjoying "Story Time" in Breckenridge, CO.

Blayde being patient as we wander through yet another museum. Breckenridge, CO.

Blayde with the burros.

Downtown Breckenridge.

Looking towards Keystone.

Keystone Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

"I'm still breathing... but let's not go any higher today."

The view from Loveland Pass.

It is pretty, chilly, and a bit windy up here! (Blayde just...

A clear sunny day at Loveland Pass.

We woke to a beautiful sunny day and decided to take advantage of the perfect weather to do some sightseeing on my day off from work. Our first stop was Breckenridge.

Breckenridge was founded in 1859 with the discovery of gold along the Blue River. In 1887 a gold nugget named “Tom’s Baby” was discovered weighing 13.5 pounds. This helped to fuel a real population boom! World War II forced the end of the gold dredging industry and caused the town to dwindle to a mere 383 people. However, in 1961 the Breckenridge Ski Area opened on Peak 8 and the town began its rebirth. In 2005 Breckenridge opened the Imperial Express chairlift, the highest lift in North America at 12,840 feet. The population is now 2,698 people, however, I am sure that during ski season there are LOTS more people than that considering the numerous ski resorts and rental condos available.

I took Will and Blayde’s picture in front of the Dredge Restaurant and Bar. A word on that restaurant – it is a two million pound floating replica of one of the largest and longest operating dredges in Breckenridge. The original dredges had boilers weighing over eleven tons and were shipped from the east coast on special trains. The timber for the dredges originally came from Oregon. (Why ship in timbers? I’m not sure considering the numerous trees already surrounding us here in Colorado.) They closed the dredges in 1942 due to World War II.

After a walk around town we stopped for a bite to eat and then headed towards Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland Pass. We didn’t stop in Keystone or Arapahoe Basin as it looked as if these areas were primarily ski resorts with no summer activities. We did, however, stop at Loveland Pass. It was chilly and windy but absolutely breathtaking to see. It definitely feels as if we were on top of the world there!

Oh… before I forget… after lunch we did try something I had heard about but had never eaten… a fried Twinkie. It was actually pretty good! I don’t think my waistline can handle too many of those treats but it was a new taste experience.

Happy Travels,


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