I made it in to Steamboat last night, and it’s an irreplaceable feeling. To journey on foot into a beautiful place full of friends you love. I can only imagine how Glacier is going to feel after this. A couple of my best friends live here, who have been involved in all of my adventures one way or another for most of my adult life. I crashed Heidi’s night at Mazola’s, the Italian restaurant she works at, last night. Enjoyed some fine food and beer and had some great bar chat with the locals. It felt good. My hitchhike into town was even with a nice man who had been out for a run. In the first couple of minutes we got to talking about all of the same people we know and found that I am testing gear for the company he works for. He encouraged me to stop by soon and swap out some gear if I’m interested. Staying at Heidi’s was incredible. A warm shower, the most comfortable sleeping space I know, and girl talk before bed. I can’t help but feel excited to winter here in Steamboat, knowing there will be great people to cook with, run with, and talk to.
Steamboat is a great town. I’m more aware of it now that I’ve walked the surrounding wilderness to get here. There were trail runners, bikers, and Subaru wagons everywhere:) The walk in from Wyoming was beautiful! Hahn’s Peak and the Zirkels looming over the landscape, wildflowers popping up all over the place, raging rivers making me glad I’m opting to walk the low roads with bridges instead of the high divide.
The group I’ve walked in with has been good company. Helps a lot with a road walk. We have been camping lake-side at picnic areas, playing cards and hitting up the local cafe and country store. We met some great people this way. Especially the owners of the Hahn’s Peak Cafe, Katie and DJ. They served us coffee and pastries before they opened. We were waited on by an adorable little girl named Sabrina.
So walking into Steamboat was an experience of warm hearts and beautiful scenery mixed with great laughs and goofing off with the boys. Still, there are a lot of questions about getting through Colorado now that we’re back to the snow. I’m sure I will figure something out in the next couple of days. Already I’ve been feeling so grateful to be with my friends. Adrienne just rescued me at the coffee shop, since I forgot my money and ID at Heidi’s house this morning. It feels so great to be with them! I have the most incredible women in my life!