Nomadic Life – Week 3
Our week started off with an Elk encounter. We woke up early on Saturday morning (5:30 AM) and quickly packed up camp, said goodbye to our new Wheaton Professor friend (he was up) and set out for the backside of Rocky Mountain National Park. We went up and over Trail Ridge Road to Milner Pass where after an encounter with some Elk and a little finagling in the parking lot to get a good spot we set out on a day hike up Mount Ida. Some of the best views in RMNP are to be had from the top of Mount Ida.
Bull Mountain Campground
Overpriced Showers in Grand Lake
Pioneer Park – Hot Sulphur Springs
Resupply in Granby
The Challenges of Showering/bathing as a Nomad
Thursday was more work, but being that the day was hot and Sunday’s showers long since passed we really had a desire to get clean. I searched all around and the only shower available is at the local hot springs. You do however have to pay the $20 entrance fee (per person) which is to steep for a shower. So I started up our hot water heater and Jennifer took a shower off the side of the camper. I decided to save water and ventured into the Colorado River to take a bath. It was a bit cold but felt nice after a long hot day. I had the privilege of sharing the river with a group of geese (thankfully downriver) and a deer. I am one with nature.
Enjoying Hot Sulphur Springs
After work, we walked into the small town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado and had an excellent dinner at a western tapas place called The Dean Public House. Hard to believe the words “western” and “tapas” go together, but the food was excellent! We had some Elk burger sliders, a gourmet pizza, some homemade bread, and Olathe (Colorado corn) fritters. I highly recommend this spot when in Hot Sulphur Springs, that being said there are only four places in the small town to choose from. It was a very nice way to end the week.