Last weekend we took a road trip to Salida, which is southwest of Colorado Springs and on the edge of the San Isabel National Forest. We've been to Salida a number of times before -- Monarch Mountain is only about 20 minutes away, so whenever we go skiing, we stay in Salida. But this time we went to enjoy the little town in the summertime!
We stayed at a B&B called the Mountain Goat Lodge. Gorgeous property with mountain views and acres of pasture. The owner keeps goats as pets and uses the milk to make homemade Greek yogurt to serve with fruit and granola at breakfast. They also have chickens and serve their eggs for breakfast, as well as locally made sausage and bacon. They have a cheese-making class there, which we didn't get to take because we had already scheduled our zip-lining tour for Saturday morning, but I did get to learn how to milk a goat, and I got to meet the "guard llama" who protects the goats from coyotes.
We also went ziplining with Captain Zipline, which was great fun! When we went ziplining on our honeymoon in Hawaii, they taught you to steer with your hand on your caribiner and you didn't have to brake because the line did it for you. At Captain Zipline, you steer with your [gloved] hand on the line behind you, and you brake by pushing up on the line. I got a little worried when they started talking about hand signals, thinking I was never going to remember this once I get out there, but it was actually really easy. A must-do if you ever get the chance!
We also took a drive to St. Elmo, which is a little preserved ghost town founded in 1880 and and took the bumpy dirt road back to town which was a fun "off-roading" experience once I was able to remove my fingernails from the car seat.
That 70's House
Our new (to us) house was built in 1973... and while the dark wood trim and hickory ceiling beams are part of what drew us to the house, it still needs to be brought into this decade. This blog will document our attempts to update the house, while still maintaining its old-school charm.
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