Day 1 Colorado 2015

We all purchased tickets with Southwest Air for the same day/flight. This way when we got into Denver, we didn’t have to wait up for anyone. We all met at the gate of Boston Logan Airport for our flight. It was a bit over 4 hours and when we finally got into Denver, we got onto the Hertz Rental shuttle to get our car.

Hellooooo Denver! (in the rental car shuttle) There were many large groups of folks renting cars. Finally, Jeff pulled up in a Chevy Suburban XL. We squeezed all 15 pieces of luggage and ourselves into it!

The first stop was REI in Denver
for fuel and backpacking food.

On our way to Leadville, we stopped at the Two Brothers Deli in Idaho Springs for lunch. Across the parking lot is a waterfall and wheel. Idaho Springs is the "Gold Rush" town.

The food at the Two Brothers Deli is delicious and the folks there are super nice. At an elevation of 7,524 feet, I felt somewhat light-headed as we walked from the car to the deli. But it didn't last long especially once I got to eat some lunch. 

In Leadville, we stopped off at the local Safeway market to pick up eats for our hikes. After checking into and dropping our luggage at the hostel, we walked around downtown Leadville. We stopped off at the Leadville Outdoors store and they were nicely stocked with climbing and backpacking gear. The "Dispensary" is located just a couple blocks down from the hostel. We got to smell the different "flavors" of marijuana. Visitors and tourists in Colorado can use and purchase marijuana, but can not take it out of the state, and it is prohibited at Denver International Airport. Residents can grow their own plants....6 maximum!  :)

On the way back to the hostel I followed Kevin into a coffee shop and saw this display of bookshelf and mantle-top models from Precision Peaks. These wooden 14ers carvings would make a cool addition to my gear/office room!

Our last stop of the day as the Iowa Gulch trailhead for Mt. Sherman at 12,000 feet. 10 minutes after we got there I didn't feel too well. In fact, I got a massive headache and was glad to leave.

Leadville Hostel
Leadville, CO - 10,152 ft
At the Leadville Hostel, we got Room 1 on the first floor which sleeps 5. There are 5 double beds (2 bunks and 1 single double) with its own private bath. I got the bottom bunk nearest the window and there were fabric curtains around the bottom bunks to draw closed for privacy. Our room was really clean. The bathroom, although tiny, was clean and the shower stall, sink and toilet worked well… water plugging and plenty of hot water! There was plenty of reading material in the living and dining rooms. And in the kitchen there was always hot water and coffee available. The only thing I saw wrong was that the fridge wasn’t work at all – owner said they were having problems with it. It was one of those large convenience store refrigerators. I had left my water bottle in the fridge overnight. The next morning when I took my water bottle out there was hot air blowing into the fridge and my water was heated! We were there Saturday afternoon to Tuesday morning, hopefully, they are able to get it fixed soon. Overall, this hostel is wonderful! This is my first hostel and it was a good experience. The owner is friendly and so are the other guests. It's quiet and just a few easy walking blocks from downtown Leadville. I highly recommend!!! For visitor's information on the city of Leadville, CO., click here.

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