January 2, 2012
We hopped in the Suburban and took I-70 through the mountains. We drove past Idaho Springs, Georgetown and Silver Plume before we turned off at Frisco. We got to Breckenridge around noon, but couldn’t find free parking. We drove by it like four times before we finally spotted it. So we parked and took the free bus ride to the free Gondola ride.
Though nice, it wasn’t as impressive as Vail. At the bottom of Peak Nine we found a nice Cafeteria Style Grill. The kids each had 8 inch pizzas. Jason had a Frito flip in a bread bowl and I had broccoli and beef. And we all had drinks. The rather simple meal cost $70, which was the most expensive part of our trip.
We explored a bit on foot. I slipped once, but was okay. Not sure why my hiking boots weren’t giving me enough traction. Jason was in his shoes and he didn’t slip once! Oh well. We returned back to the Gondola around 2:15pm. The ride was smooth. Ana was a bit freaked out. I guess hanging from a cable made her nervous. Sebastian was perfectly fine though. We talked about how we all wished we could have skied, but it was too expensive. The drive home was a little slower and the highway more congested. Jason almost got in an accident because he wasn’t paying attention. Luckily there was no collision.
Once home, Jason took the kids on a walk while I settled to watch Season 1 of Castle. I love Nathan Fillon and the whole writer angle to the typical procedural formula. I tried to watch it on TV, but was rarely up late enough to catch it.