After our exploration of St. Elmo, Sprocket and I headed out past Mt. Princton Hot Springs back to the highway and headed south to Salida, enjoying the views of the southern Sawatch Mountains the whole way.
In Salida, I realized that I’d left my laptop at home which severely cramped my plans to do some grading and blogging but I made do with some #hikerchat and just relaxed with coffee and quiche at Brown Dog Coffee.
Since I couldn’t get much work done, Sprocket and I took full advantage and wandered around town enjoying the sunshine. Spring was out in full force!
We walked through the shops and down the main streets:
We wandered around by the Arkansas River:
I made Sprocket pose with historic railroad equipment:
We creeped on a Wagoneer driving through town:
Finally, after we’d seen what there was to see in town, we headed to Poncha Springs where we were going to meet Mike and then head to the trailhead.
We had some time to kill so Sprocket and I revived our living on the road skills and made ourselves at home in the rest area.
It was a really rough life, hanging out in the sunshine, reading, and enjoying the views.
The breeze kicked up as the sun sank on the horizon and we crawled into the jeep to stay a little bit warmer. I think #jeeplife suits us well, don’t you think?