Showing posts from October, 2009

Tasting Excellent Local Beer in Ridgeway, Colorado

This is the last of the three articles I wrote for the website Trazzler which is no longer. It's not a ride or hike, just a stop we made on a rest day between climbing 14ers. Photos are from a trip in 2009 For most, the town of Ridgeway is where your turn to go to Telluride or go straight to Ouray. Just off the main road, there’s the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery. I had pints of the Stout and the IPA, and tasters of the rest. The stout and IPA were excellent. The Irish Red Ale was better than average. The Blonde Ale and Best Bitter were ok, but I wouldn’t get a pint of them. The food selection is simple, four different Paninis with chips, about $7 each. They also have free popcorn to go with the beer. The pints were $3.75 ($4.25 for the IPA) and tasters are about a dollar. They also had mini etch-a-sketches on all the tables. It's a small place, with only 5 tables and small bar, but has a great pub atmosphere. The Colorado Boy Brewery Ridgeway Has Some Nice Views of the

San Juans Rest Day (September 2009)

(San Juans - Part 2) We had pulled into camp after dark, so we didn't realize the view that our campsite had. When we got up the next morning, this is the view that awaited us. This was our rest day, so we just did stuff around Ouray. We went to the Box Canyon Falls. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any good pictures because of how close the canyon walls are around it. You'll just have to go and check it out for yourself. It is only $3 to get into the city park. South of Ouray, the road climbs quickly and when you look back (or pull off at a overlook) here's the view you get. After going around Ouray, we headed up to Ridgeway for lunch and some beer at the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery. They have five beers. I had pint of the Stout, before getting tasters of the other four and finishing with a pint of the IPA. The stout and IPA were excellent. The Blonde Ale was tasteless. The Irish Red Ale was better than average for Red Ales. The Best Bitter was ok. The o

Sunshine and Redcloud Peaks (September 2009)

(This is the first of several trip reports from my San Juans trip in September.) We started at the Silver Creek Trailhead for the climb up Sunshine and Redcloud Peaks. The first part of the trail followed Silver Creek up through a scenic valley. Trail Going Along Silver Creek We turned off the Silver Creek Trail and headed up a unmarked trail towards Sunshine Peak. The trail was a gradual climb through tree line and to the end of the valley. The Trail Above Treeline in the Valley Next we climbed up a scree slope to a ridge. First we took a route up that went on the right of small knob, but there was a waterfall in that gully. So we traversed some and climbed down a bit to get to where we could climb up. It was scree, but we didn't take too long to finish the climb up to the top of that ridge-about 400 ft up from the base. Next we walked across some rocky hills to the base of the summit ridge. We left the track I had downloaded off the web, to follow a trail we saw going

Blowing Rocks (December 2003)

Here's some more pics from Blowing Rocks on Jupiter Island. Waves Coming In Man-O-War Rock Blowhole Bird Preparing for Takeoff