The Unfiltered Adventure crew and Maureen loaded up and left town Thursday after work. We were evading the flash flooding, severe thunderstorms & tornado sightings. We were determined to get to western Kansas! We loaded the Suburban, a box of wine per passenger, and Steph confidently took the wheel. Maureen made herself comfortable in the way way back where she could contribute interesting stories from her past. She recalled a young lady who was quite nice but, "she never could get by on her looks." Ouch.
Two hours into the drive, what the hail! Steph kept her cool, thanks to her we all lived to see The Holiday Inn Express in Hays, Kansas.
While enjoying our complimentary hot breakfast at The Holiday Inn Express we learned of the F4 Wedge tornado that barely missed us. According to AccuWeather a Wedge tornado is a tornado that is at least as wide as it is tall. Here's a scary picture we found on the Internet of a wedge tornado.
Now here's a happy picture of the Pancake Maker at breakfast.
Once we filled our tummies and the gas tank we were back on the road. Next stop Georgetown, Colorado!
We rolled into Georgetown Friday and popped into the visitor center. The Georgetown Visitor center is the best spot to get current information regarding hikes in the area and try on really cool hats.
While at the visitor center we learned the majority of the hikes are deemed unsafe due to the snow, so we stopped in the middle of town and climbed a rock just to prove them all wrong.
All of that exploring sure made us hungry, now to our favorite restaurant in Georgetown, Lucha Cantina at the Ram. Lovingly referred to as The Ram. We highly recommend the guacamole, salsa and the queso. We decided to share a few entrees and head to the condo for a relaxing evening of girl talk and wine. Then more snacks.
Saturday will go down in history as the greatest adventure filled day ever experienced in Georgetown, Colorado. I'm sure you're thinking, "that is a pretty intense statement." Well it was a pretty intense day! The day began as any other at The Happy Cooker for breakfast with wine glasses filled to the rim with sweet, delicious champagne.
Once we finished carb loading we headed through town to prepare for the day of hiking. The plan to hike came to an abrupt halt when the heavens smiled down upon us and we stumbled upon a Burro Race. That is right, Burro Racing.
There was no way we were going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity so we stuck around to cheer them on at the starting line. Things were delayed 25 minutes when there was a rogue burro, we literally can't make this stuff up. Then we decided to hit up an estate sale and grab a table on a patio to cheer on the finishers. We may have went to the Happy Cooker twice before noon. Have we mentioned we love this place?
Turns out burro races get us very amped up & ready to hit the trails. We headed to Silver Creek Trail for a nice little hike.
It was great to get some fresh air and enjoy the views off the mountainside.
Post hike we were hungry so we went to the Alpine Restaurant and Bar for delicious pizza, bold chianti and live music. The musician appreciated our enthusiasm so much he gave us a complimentary c.d. After dinner we decided to hold a "dinnervention" which basically consists of everyone going around the table and telling each person why they are unique and awesome. We may have all cried but it was a bonding experience to remember! After an emotional "dinnervention" the next stop was the local biker bar of course. Look out Mothers Saloon, Unfiltered Adventure is in the house.
We met the locals and one was even a self proclaimed mountain man who is kind of off the grid. He didn't have an email address or a television so it seems legit. At 1:30 am we closed it down and headed to the condo.
Sunday Funday called for a brewery tour. We decided to check out The Dam Brewery in Dillon, CO. We all enjoyed good beers while chatting on the patio. Next stop The Bakers Brewery. It was smaller and a much different atmosphere but we did like our beers. The atmosphere was different but the same fella with a feather cowboy hat happened to show up at both breweries. Again, our lucky day. Of the two breweries we preferred The Dam Brewery.
We headed back to Georgetown to spend our last evening in Colorado dining at The Ram. Still delicious.
We concluded our night at the condo discussing stories from Steph's troubled years. To be fair she lived in Detroit and had to get respect to survive. She started a gang for adolesent girls, so basically a form of community service. As Maureen enjoyed the stories Steph told from her years on the streets, she looked at Steph with the most sincerity and asked, "Did you ever kill anyone?"
Sometimes you go on an ordinary trip that turns into something extraordinary thanks to the company you keep. Well and burros, Mothers Salloon & the locals in a small town loved by all. Thank you for sharing your town with us Maureen.