Day 1 - Driving to Buena Vista

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Today is Partly Cloudy (rained for about 15 minutes outside of Raton -- Sunny in Trinidad and on)


We left home with Sara for Colorado at 5:30am.


We stopped along the way at a McDonald’s for breakfast.  I had a McGriddle and OJ.  Gary had an Egg McMuffin and OJ with Red Bull.


When we arrived in Amarillo, it was lunchtime so we decided the Big Texan Steak Ranch [1]was the place to be.  We ordered the steak for 2 dinner (baked beans, potato salad, tomatoes, steak fries, rolls), and iced tea (peach for Bonnie & raspberry for Gary)


Buena Vista, Colorado, nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountain's Collegiate Peaks, is the sort of community most people only dream of.  The hard working, quiet people who have always resided in this area are a large part of what has made this town a great place to live and play.


Many consider Buena Vista, the capital of whitewater rafting for the United States.  The beautiful scenery, tree-lined streets, year-round mild climate, clean air, and clear sparkling water are just some of the things that make Buena Vista a truly great place to live, work, or visit.’[2]  It is 7,905 ft above sea level.[3]


The Topaz Lodge in Buena Vista, CO allows dogs, so we stayed there for a couple of nights. 


After checking on our reservations for the raft trips, we ate a scrumptious supper at the Coyote Cantina.  I ate a chile relleno, bean chalupa, and beef enchiladas with red sauce, beans, rice, and sopapilla, and water.  Gary ate 3 enchiladas and water.  ‘Coyote Cantina has a rustic atmosphere and awesome views of the 14,000ft. high Collegiate Peaks.‘[4]


While driving to the motel from supper, we saw 2 bucks, 2 does, and some elk that were penned to be butchered.


Arriving back at the motel, we let Sara out of the room and went for a family walk.  It got very cool at night.


Medical Report:  I got a fever blister along my bottom gum line that didn’t go away until got home.  L

[1]Big Texan Steak Ranch

[2] Buena Vista, Colorado

[3] Buena Vista Colorado Chamber of Commerce

[4] Coyote Cantina

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