Ugh. June is proving to be a hot month here in Phoenix. We are only a couple weeks into it, and I already hurt my paw. I keep forgetting rock here isn’t friendly. It’s not smooth like Colorado; it is rough and scratches you up something fierce. This past weekend I was nursing a sore paw, so my folks didn’t take me on any adventures. They worked on putting in a veggie garden for my mom. I saw them lifting these heavy pieces of cement they call cinder blocks. All I can say is I was happy to be inside with the air conditioning!
While they slaved and sweated away, I dreamt about a trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Have you been? It is a really cool town in the northern section of the state that sits at 6,700 feet and was founded in 1900. It is just under three hour’s drive from Denver. I was a younger pup when we went, and I was so excited to be staying at a hotel. Mom and dad were celebrating their anniversary, so we were staying over. I’m a pro now, but I was a little nervous about sleeping away from home back then. Mom and dad made everything comfy, and I got to eat lots of people food. I forgot all about home!
The town is nestled by beautiful mountains and has a wonderful river running through it. Steamboat Springs is known for great fishing and awesome skiing. We were doing neither this trip, but we did take the Gondola to the top of the ski area to hike. We had to walk on these weird metal tracks that help the snow fall through in the winter. I didn’t like them, not one bit. Dad had to coach me on how to get across. I made it; phew. Then, we entered this elevator with windows. I’ve done elevators – they go up and down. Not this one! Whoa. It moved fast and flew up to the top of the mountain. I was a little unsettled at first then enjoyed the views. It was kinda like flying!
Note: The Gondola is closed this summer for repairs and prep for the 2019/2020 ski season. Should you go in the future, check their website for availability and pricing.
At the top, we could see Steamboat Springs and all the snow-capped peaks. Snow! I was hoping to find some even though it was summer. The Colorado Rockies can get snow all year long, especially during a wet season. We were in one! The grasses were tall and extremely green. Temps were on the cool side, just how I like them. Woof!
We took a scenic trail that overlooked the mountains and Steamboat Springs. It wasn’t a difficult trail but oh so pretty…and I found some snow! Several formal trails exist, but you can also just make your way around. We did a little bit of both. Thinking back, I didn’t know trails could be rocky and rough. I was spoiled back then because here in Phoenix, trails can be tough on the ol’ paws. Anyway, it was a fun day on top of the world. We took the Gondola back down, ate dinner, and slept soundly.
Even though you can’t take advantage of the Gondola this summer, Steamboat Springs is still a wonderful place to visit. You’ll cool off, inhale some clean air, and you might even see a moose! Whatever you do this summer, stay hydrated!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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