There is nothing I love more than waking up early in the morning in Steamboat and going outside to enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air. It is so refreshing to ride my bike to work along the Yampa River Core Trail. As I cruise along, watching all the wildlife along the Yampa, I take pleasure in the coolness, knowing, however, that the day will warm up and will soon be the perfect temperature for swimming or perhaps boating on Stagecoach Reservoir. By nightfall it will once again be cool and there will be no need for air conditioning when I go to bed.
After work a few friends and I met at the Botanical Gardens to do some catching up while walking on the Yampa River Core Trail. Along the way we passed groups of summer camp kids, exhausted from their day’s activities, as well as many smiling cyclists, on their way to their next adventure. Happy to see that the Yampa River took advantage of the recent rainfall, we enjoyed our stroll, never straying far from its banks, and before we knew it we arrived at the base of Howelsen Hill – just in time to watch some friends play volleyball.