Adventure and trying new things

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.18222468_1532147440150153_1050931315432266715_n.jpg


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.

The river that runs through Roosevelt National Forest.

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 40.18194944_1532147663483464_7594010788212078007_n.jpg


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!


Golf, Fort Laramie and drinks

FORT COLLINS, CO — Monday marked the third day of my Western Road Trip.

I took off from Custer, South Dakota, on US Highway 18 and stopped in Hot Springs at Southern Hills Golf Course. It’s a very nice course in the Black Hills. I played and walked nine holes and, surprisingly, my golf game wasn’t too bad for it being the first time this year.

Tee No. 1 at Southern Hills Golf Course

After golf, I hopped in my car continued on my journey to Fort Collins, Colorado. The mountains became much more prevalent as I got closer to Colorado. I was surprised how high the speed limits were on a two-lane road in Wyoming! In Minnesota, you’re lucky to see the speed limit reach 60 M.P.H. In Wyoming, it’s 70 and I was always getting passed by people.

Some of the scenic traveling in Wyoming is breathtaking. There is nothing like traveling down into a valley and seeing for miles, with mountains in the distance.

I stopped to see Fort Laramie. Checking out national monuments is not something I’m a huge fan of, but I really enjoyed seeing this fort. A lot of the buildings have been preserved and I stopped to read the placards and take pictures. It was cool to see some of the old firing weapons that were used back in the 1800s.18301391_1531395290225368_7248244401244906087_n.jpg

The “bachelor” officer house.


A Gatling gun that was used back in the day.
This is where the calvary was housed.


After spending about 30 minutes at Fort Laramie, I called it a day and headed to Cheyenne for gas and lunch.18268663_1531395383558692_7545317156537877870_n.jpg

Cheyenne is a short drive to Fort Collins and after checking into my hotel room, I went downtown to check out some bars.

I stopped at Whisk(e)y, where they have the third-largest whiskey selection of any bar in the country and the largest in Colorado.

The guy made me a whiskey sour with an egg white. I’m not a huge fan of those kinds of drinks, but this one was very good. After finishing my drink and food, I headed next door to a bar where they were serving $2 taps. I watched some basketball, then walked around the downtown area.

A whiskey sour made with an egg white

Fort Collins is a very interesting town with a good downtown square, but I don’t think I would want to live here.

All in all, it was a great day of driving, enjoying a few drinks and some good food.

I’m off to Utah in the morning with a stop in Steamboat Springs for some more golf. I’ll be traveling through Roosevelt National Forest, which means it’ll take some time, so I must get some rest.