We happened upon Breckenridge all thanks to friends we met at the Tiffin campground when we were all in the same boat of not wanting to be there. We had to get items fixed that no one else seemed to be able to fix. We compared notes of where we had traveled and they said “Oh, you’re going to Colorado? You need to visit Breckenridge!” We were able to extend our short week visit last year to almost two months last year, thanks to a cancelled reservation (thank you, people who cancelled).
This year we decided to stay the entire summer here. We hadn’t really planned on it being so cold in May – on Memorial Day no less. We aren’t skiers, it was a bit cold to hike and instead decided to take a drive to anywhere.
That’s how we happened upon the Continental Divide in Loveland Pass. Sure, we heard about it. We passed the exit on I-70. In fact, when there was a fire in the Eisenhower Tunnel, Waze insisted that we take Loveland Pass in our rig instead of waiting for the road to open back up (thankfully the fire was cleared before we approached the tunnel). By turning right at a light we’d passed, we ended up here.
First we passed a ski town where the slopes were half grass/half snow and were closed. Made sense. It was MAY. But then we happened upon another ski town with fully-functional slopes at Arapahoe.
And then we saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road and there it was: the Continental Divide. We got out, climbed to the ridge, and took a few pictures.
You may see a bunch of emergency vehicles in the background.
You know what happens in May when it is 70 degrees out, sunny, with snow on the ground? Avalanches. A skier went off-trail (as many do in this area) and got caught in one.
This is one of the lessons we continue to learn on the road. You can look into “things to do” while visiting an area. You can make plans. Or you can just drive and happen upon things that quickly become your favorite places or all you see are fields and fields of…NOTHING. Sometimes you can follow people’s recommendations and get the feeling of “wah waaaaaah” once you get there (places to remain nameless, and unfortunately this has happened more often than not). And then you can follow people’s recommendations (the friends at Tiffin) and end up in a place that becomes one of your favorite places. It’s a toss up. You won’t find out until you try.