Day 264–Vail

Today we slept in and then took off for Vail, Colorado to check out the (hopefully) changing colors of fall and some cool mountain air.  As I could have expected, the weather up here (while cooler than Texas, I’m not complaining) has been about 10 degrees warmer than the recorded averages for the last month. It’s the best of both worlds because I get my cooler weather while its been temperate enough for Abby.  That being said, I still crave cool weather and any chance to escape into the altitude is taken with gratitude.

Unfortunately, we were there for about 30 minutes before the sun went out and it started sprinkling, ending any chance we had for hiking.  While rain isn’t that bad for hiking, lightning is, and we weren’t prepared for either so we took off back to Keystone for a brief reprieve from the rain and the opportunity to take some up-close pictures of the beautiful fall trees. Here are the fruits of our labor:

Breakfast–Baked oatmeal. It was gooooood. And of course, Abby didn’t like it.

Lunch–Here was the food highlight of the day.  There was this little cafe in Vail that overlooked the mountains that was having a “Recession Buster” special, which sounds just as lame as it was.  The cool thing is that the food was DELICIOUS.  I had a turkey sandwich.  The reason it was a “buster” is that the whole sandwich was only ten dollars.  That may seem like a lot, but here’s a picture of it:

That’s a seven inch sandwich stuff with roasted turkey, lettuce, and onions on homemade bread.  Oh yeah…and that’s only HALF OF THE SANDWICH. So I ate half of it for lunch…

Dinner–And the other half for dinner.  Not a bad deal, and a great couple of meals.

Dessert–When we stopped at Keystone we went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate (of course…we are weak-willed people) and I got a milk chocolate raspberry caramel.  Good dessert.

So today was wonderful…I don’t know if I’ve ever lived someplace where they experience fall. It was a nice change, and the scenery was beautiful. We’re going back in next weekend to see the changes and live the dream a little bit more!

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