NAPLES, UT — Wow. That’s all I can say about today’s travel from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Naples, Utah.
The scenery was incredible.
I was up early this morning and headed on my way to Laporte for breakfast at Vern’s Place. I had his “world famous” cinnamon roll, which was pretty damn good, and the Yard Bird skillet. The skillet was filled with country potatoes, cheese, house-smoked chicken (PHENOMENAL) and topped with two fried eggs and Colorado’s famous green chili.
It was one of the best breakfast items I’ve ever had in my life. It was that good.
After I ate almost all of it, I wanted to take a nap, not drive over 300 miles. But I mustered up the strength to get into my car and get on my way.
I traveled through all of Roosevelt National Forest, which spans over 90 miles through the mountains. I stopped frequently to take pictures and take in the fresh air. If you’ve never been in the middle of nowhere before, there certainly is a big difference in air quality.
I made it through the forest and stopped in Walden to pick up some ice and cold drinks for later tonight. To my surprise, after stopping, I ran into another national forest, Routt National Forest. I must have missed it when I was planning my trip, but there it was, right on Highway 40.
It was a breathtaking journey for the next 30 miles. I was traveling in the mountains after a freshly fallen snow the night before. Road conditions were tremendous and the road was already plowed, which is more than I can say for roads in Minnesota.
After traveling through the mountains, I passed through Steamboat Springs, which is a huge resort town for winter skiing.
I stopped for lunch in Craig at JW’s Snack Bar and Grill and had myself a catfish po’ boy sandwich. This happened to be the first time I ever had catfish and it was pretty good. I would probably eat it again.
After that, I hopped back in my car, cranked up the music and headed for the Utah border.
Today was a day of adventure and trying new things. I never had green chili before or catfish, but I would have both again if I get the opportunity. The adventure was driving through the mountains and exploring what this great country has to offer. If I ever come back in the summer time, I would maybe like to hike some of the trails and reach some of the peaks.
But, for now, I’ll stick to my car.
Since I’m in Utah, it’s time to root on the Jazz in their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors.
Headed for Salt Lake City tomorrow!