Well it's all right, if you live the life you please
Well it's all right, doing the best you can
Well it's all right, as long as you lend a hand
The Traveling Wilburys
A spontaneous decision to drive to Crested Butte turned into a glorious trek. Coal Creek Café was our lunch spot. A beautiful creek-side patio with a clear view of the mountain as well as a strong WiFi signal made our choice easy. The food was superb, the best nachos ever & a delicious buttermilk pie! I had a shopping agenda as well. Determined to find the perfect hat for Kaitlyn’s birthday as well as a secret desire to find a hand made saddle bag for myself, we hit the shops. I must add, Edward held up well & keep a smile on his face. We were successful on both accounts! Not wanting our lovely excursion to end, we headed up the short drive to the Mt. Crested Butte ski area. Guess what we found? An enchanting dirt road into the mountains! Who could resist? Not us. After six miles of breath taking scenery, we came to a little community, Gothic. Gothic was an old mining town but is currently home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. We assumed it was a pot growing experiment. We are, after all, in Colorado. No way; it is a bonafide research facility. “In a rapidly changing world, RMBL sustains our quality of life by accelerating discoveries about the ecosystems that replenish the world’s air, water, & food supplies.” A great discovery & totally unexpected! Encouraged to continue by an elderly tourist from New Zealand, we drove up the mountain on to Schofield Pass even though it was past Maggie’s dinner time. Some things are too important to pass up & seeing where this road led became one of them. Up & up we went & the road got more & more rugged & the views more awesome. Eventually, we did reach the end of the line! Snow drifts blocked further exploration, but what a day!