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Dust Bowl Road Trip: A License to Drink in Texas & A Dust Storm

We sailed into Dalhart, Texas in the late afternoon. Dahlart and Boise City are at the heart of “The Worst Hard Time” book, and this is why we were here. Warmer than we’d experienced this spring, we wandered around the tree-lined sidewalks with Fritzi. Just past 5 p.m., everything in downtown had closed and parking spots and silence were plentiful. After our flat tire fiasco, documented in this post, we

Dust Bowl Road Trip A Flat Tire, New Tires & Popping Wheelies. HeidiTown (10)

We left Canyon Journeys and the Everett Ranch in the morning, bumping south over gravel roads towards Oklahoma. It was day two of our Dust Bowl Road Trip, and we were excited to explore. Learn the reasons why we did this road trip here. We stopped for a romp at Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area, just south of the ranch. The canyon is beautiful, but watch out for poison ivy (Ryan

Dust Bowl Road Trip Canyon Journeys in Baca County, Colorado. HeidiTown (9)

I haven’t been exactly sure how to approach writing about our Dust Bowl Road Trip. There is a lot to unpack here (to use a phrase popular in today’s lexicon). It was an adventure and it was eye-opening on many levels. We made several unexpected stops that included a blown out tire in Colorado or Oklahoma (we’re not sure). I’ve decided against a day-by-day account. I think I’ll hop around

The Worst Hard Time Dust Bowl by Eagan

“Um, oh” has been the lackluster response of most people when we tell them we are going on a Dust Bowl Road Trip. The only person who has been extremely positive about it was the curator of Centennial Village Museum in Greeley. Leave it to a historian to get excited about a trip motivated by history. Part of the reason people have been so humdrum about this road trip is

Where to Stay in Vail, Colorado Manor Vail Lodge. HeidiTown (10)

We were in Vail to eat and drink. We were attending Taste of Vail, an event that I love. Manor Vail Lodge had offered to host me, so we were all set for this three-night eating and drinking extravaganza. Little did we know, Manor Vail Lodge will feed you too (and feed you really, really well). Location of Manor Vail Lodge Arriving on a Thursday, we settled in and then

Where to Stay in Leadville, Colorado Tashi’s Cabin at Buckeye’s Cabins. HeidiTown (6)

I get a lot of “where to stay” type questions. If you’d like a dog-friendly, rustic Leadville experiences, Tashi’s Cabin is the place for you. And when I say rustic I do not mean you’ll go without. This is a cabin, with a bathroom, two bedrooms, kitchen and living area. There is even a wood-burning stove. That warms my heart and toes! We’ve been to Leadville a handful of times

Seeking New & Old in Leadville, Colorado Trek to Eat at the Cookhouse. HeidiTown (17)

I had nearly forgotten that I have brand new snowshoes, but I haven’t used them for nearly three winters. We replaced my old ones which had many miles on them, but I haven’t been traveling as much, so they sat collecting dust in the basement. The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse excursion was a great excuse to get them out. I’ve wanted to do this outing for years, but it’s just worked

Seeking Old & New in Leadville, Colorado An Irish Miners’ Memorial. HeidiTown (4)

Full Disclosure: As a redhead, St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. While my grandmother, who had several redheaded sisters, always claimed to be Dutch, my dad took an Anscestory.com test a few years ago. He’s Scottish and Irish (basically, he burns easily). He is zero percent Dutch. So, now I can celebrate the holiday from an honest place, although I would have celebrated either way! We spent this last

Spa Monarch, Black Hawk, Colorado A Million Magical Miles Away. HeidiTown 2

There is a kind of magical in being transported skyward, away from the ringing of slot machines and the buzz of a casino floor, into the bliss that is a spa. This accurately describes arriving at Spa Monarch at the Monarch Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk, Colorado. Enter the dimly lit hallway and that luxurious spa smell washes over you. The first thing I noticed about this casino however,

Gaylord Rockies Resort is Fun for Adults, Not Just Kids. HeidiTown Feature Photo

We watched the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center being built. It was huge, gigantic, really, really big. Then it opened and I saw pictures of people enjoying offerings there, especially the lazy river in the summer and holiday programming. This past weekend, we finally had an opportunity to experience the Gaylord ourselves. From the expansive entry to the wide halls, multiple restaurants, and pool complex, the photos I’d seen