[Having spend ten days adventuring in WY, I'm now on my way back home.]
OK, late Sunday morning, 8/25 - arriving at the famed Strawberry Park Hot Springs, about a 25-min drive north of Steamboat Springs.
Accepting cash or check only, no credit cards. .. Family-friendly during the day; clothing-optional friendly at night. .. More info here: http://www.strawberryhotsprings.com/2005/ ... [After viewing a link, use your browser's back arrow to return to album.]
Lots of hot pools with a cool creek running to one side.
Hot springs water tumbling from the hillside - with no odor.
OK - now it's time for The Howler, just at the edge of town, across the Yampa River.
More info here: http://www.steamboatalpineslide.com
$12 to ride the ski lift to the top, then Howling down the slides.
View from chairlift.
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No backing out now! .. Pull back on red handle to brake.
Click central arrow to view 30-sec video. .. I went way too slow - next time: no braking!
OK - now it's time to visit Old Town Hot Springs in town - $11 for seniors.
More info here: http://steamboathotsprings.org
Riding the water slide inside the tube was far more freakin' wild than the Howler - for one thing, no brake!
OK, at last - in time for Happy Hour at The Laundry - Kitchen & Cocktails.
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We're in luck - Head Bartender Patrick at our service.
The perfect fixer-upper after a hard day of hot springing and sliding.
Don't overlook the Shoestring Potatoes at the bar.
All right - Monday morning begins with freshly-brewed pancakes. ... Patrick also provided our climbing team with peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches - tasty and nutritious!
Then it's time for our gnarly hike to Upper Fish Creek Falls with fabulous roommate Gina.
This trailhead is about a ten-minute drive from their apartment.
Hard to make sense of this sign. .. Most people drop down the trail a short ways to Lower Fish Creek Falls. ... We'll be hiking 2.5 one-way miles to the Upper Falls.
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Descending to the Lower Falls.
OK, Lower Fish Creek Falls - time for most people to turn around.
But not us!
Photo includes the moon and Patrick - can you find them?
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Passing through a large aspen grove - still with all its leaves.
Gnarly dudette and dude.
The gnarly dudes.