Saturday, March 04, 2006

Lunch in Breckenridge Colorado

We drove to Breckenridge from Denver, three of us in a Suzuki Swift. The Swift is not what the name might lead you to believe; it is a tiny car underpowered on level ground. To make matters more interesting this one was a beat up rental with nearly 30,000 miles of hard mountain driving on it (see what you end up with if you are unpleasant to the rental agent at the airport?) Now my traveling companions are not small people, there was well over 400 pounds of people and one little penguin in this tiny thing climbing west out of Denver into the mountains. Denver is about 5,000 feet above sea level; Breckenridge is nearly 13,000 feet above sea level. With a tail wind the little car managed about 40 miles an hour. At about 9000 feet above sea level we crawled past big horn sheep grazing on the side of the road, and just over 12,000 feet we grunted through a tunnel. By the time we arrived in Breckenridge, lunch sounded like a wonderful idea. To my delight one of the features was a delightful locally produced smoked trout; fish always hits the spot. A great time was had by all, and it was mostly downhill back into Denver.


  1. The little woodland creatures from the NW have learned that a full size pick up is much better for hauling our fat furry little butts around. Fluffy lives in Denver and needs all of the help he can get.

  2. Hello little penguin... you may have had trout but I had Grilled Catfish last night and just finished the last bit of it today for lunch. Yummy!!!!!

    Sorry, didn't save any for ya, but then again, you didn't save any trout for me! LOL.

  3. Anonymous3/06/2006

    I use to reserve the cheapest thing they had and 9 out of 10 times they upgraded me to something nicer. Well I had a horrible horrible flight from Cincinnati to Denver, packed into a 757 (the second worst airplane ever built) like a sardine. I arriving in a foul mood and was nasty to the rental car counter clerk. He got even with me by giving me smallest, foulest car they had on the lot, the shuttle driver said that hasn't been off the lot in a week, and I have tons of cars, "I wonder why they assigned you that?" (Learned my lesson, book a size up and be nice to the underpaid and overworked counter staff.)

    Merrit, fish did someone say Fish!

    TR and DG

  4. Anonymous3/08/2006

    I'm suprised the sheep weren't overtaking you.

  5. Anonymous3/08/2006

    If they had been running instead of grazing the sheep would have out run us!