A few weeks ago we embarked on a 10-day road trip to Colorado with Chester and Gretel. Our ultimate goal was to spend a couple of days in Leadville, CO and hike Mt. Elbert – the highest 14er in Colorado. But first we had to get there.
We set off with a general plan but tried to keep it spontaneous. The unknown adventure is one of the best parts about a road trip.
We headed east from Seattle to Billings, MT. Going through Billings was not the shortest route to Colorado but I hoped to visit and old friend in there. We camped in the car at a rest stop the first night.
Sadly, the plans to have breakfast with my friend didn’t work out so we headed south through Wyoming. It was the first time I had seen the eastern part of the state in daylight. The other two times I passed through, it was at night. We arrived in Fort Collins early in the evening and checked into the dog-friendly La Quinta Inn.
Somewhere I had gotten the impression that Fort Collins was a really dog friendly town. While we saw many dogs n the streets, I was a bit surprised by the lack of dog friendly restaurants. Besides drive-thrus that are, by nature, always dog friendly but something generic that can be found in almost any town, my favorite websites for planning a dog friendly vacation failed us. They only listed one or two dog friendly restaurants for Fort Collins and none of them sounded like a fun place we wanted to eat at. I scoured the internet and discovered CooperSmith’s Pub in historic downtown.
Like most dog friendly restaurants, dogs were only allowed on the patio outside of the fence. I knew we would have a bit of an issue because Chester and Gretel always want to be right next to us and are small enough to sneak through or under the fence. The host that sat us said they were not super strict about the “other side of the fence rule” but, when Chester and Gretel snuck in, the waitress came over and asked us to please keep them on the outside of the fence. I made an attempt to keep them on the other side but, well, Doxies have a mind of their own. She didn’t say anything to us again though.
We liked the vibe of the place and the food was good.
After eating, we wandered downtown a bit. There were a few streets that had fun little boutiques. Of course, no town-stop is complete without a trip to the local, independent pet store.
Before leaving Fort Collins, we took a short hike up to Horsetooth Falls in the morning. It was more like Horsetooth trickle this time of year but it was still pretty.
By late afternoon, the sun was already beating down on us. That made for a hot hike. There was a nice cool, shady spot at the falls though for all of us to enjoy.
After our hike, we headed to Denver to meet up with Lara from the blog Rubicon Days. I always love traveling and meeting other bloggers. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet the small, spunky Ruby because she is anxious in crowds but we got to meet Boca. We grabbed a pizza at a downtown food truck and headed to the park to eat… where we discovered some strange “art”.
Lara didn’t know what it was actually supposed to represent but hubby and I speculated a pile of intestines? Ha, ha. I guess that is part of what makes art, art. It always keeps you guessing and different people see different things.
After Denver, we were off to southwest Colorado.