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Once we were settled in the rented cabin in Steamboat Springs, the rest of our group slowly filtered in. Our first full day consisted of a hike up Fish Creek trail. It wasn’t a long hike, about five miles, but the elevation made it tougher than it normally would be. At 283 feet tall, Fish Creek Falls makes for a beautiful beginning to the trail.
After the big falls, we hiked through a beautiful aspen forest, up to a nice boulder field where we had lunch, and then on up to another, smaller falls. It was a lovely hike.
We ended the day with a beer stroll in downtown Steamboat Springs. Despite it being a bit rainy, we enjoyed ourselves and got to try various local beers in various local bars.
The next day, our group went fly fishing! Casey and I elected to watch from the banks of the river. After a while, we decided to wander the Steamboat Springs Botanic Garden, which is free.
We ended the day at Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs, which is about a 20-minute drive from Steamboat Springs. The hot water felt amazing in the 40 degree weather, and we even saw some shooting stars! We were so far out in the middle of nowhere that the sky was seriously incredible. It was an evening to remember for sure. At $15 per person, it was totally worth it.
On Sunday, we finished our group puzzle, packed up, and headed out of town. Casey and I wandered the main strip in Steamboat Springs before heading to Keystone, Colorado, to meet up with my Great Aunt and Uncle.
Aunt Suzy and Uncle Travis drove us up Argentine Pass to see some beautiful aspens and clear blue water. Argentine Pass is named for the silver mines rather than Argentina. After a late lunch, Casey and I headed back to Denver, where we stayed at a crappy hotel near the airport in anticipation for the next day’s return to reality.
Our trip to Denver and Steamboat Springs was incredible, and we hope to explore more of Colorado in the future!