Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and a Funky Little Town Along the Way

Leaving Estes Park was hard, but it was time to move on.  Before we left, we were fortunate enough to get together with some old friends from Cape Cod and New Orleans.

Betsy and Suzie, her dear friend from as far back as second
grade in Cincinnati who she hadn't seen in many years.
Suzie was in Colorado visiting her son.
With James Harris, my boss when I worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisiana.  He was in Fort Collins for a meeting and was able to sneak away for lunch.  Great seeing him and catching up.
So, we turned the motorhome south and headed down the Peak to Peak Highway, Colorado’s oldest Scenic Byway.  The highway is a Scenic and Historic Byway that winds through National Forests, Parks, and Wilderness providing views of the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide.  Gorgeous views abound but make sure you keep your eyes on the road because there are winding switch-backs and steep drop offs that can be a little hair-raising.  

Mid-way down the road we stumbled on this little carefree town called Nederland.  The town grew from the mining industry and has developed into a music rich laidback town where businesses are painted with bright colors and have creative names like “Off Her Rocker Mercantile,” “Dog House Videos” and “Grow in Peace” garden store.

Maybe Nederland gets its laidback, carefree feel from the fact that they are the second town (after Breckenridge) in Colorado to legalize the sale, purchase, possession, consumption, and transportation, cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing of marijuana and its concentrates and related paraphernalia for persons 21 years of age, and older.  That may explain the many eateries and coffee houses.

Nederland is well worth a stop and a fun place to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat if you are traveling the Peak to Peak Highway.  



  1. We r in Estes currently, but will leave in a few days for Glenwood Springs. Trying to figure out if scenic byway Peak to Peak is a scary drive. We have a 2014 , 42' American Coach.

    1. We did it in our 40' motorhome with tow car and thought it was fine. Our approach is to go slow so we are comfortable and don't pay attention to the back-up behind us. Certainly is a pretty part of the country.


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