Monday, September 10, 2018

Vail, Colorado


We flew into Vail, (if you count the Gondola ride) and saw the scenic Alpine sights. All of this happened in a flash over Labor day weekend. It was the most fun we've ever had on that particular holiday. And the best part was - wait for it - it was free! Really? Ritzy, touristy Vail...for free? Well, if your hobby is collecting points and miles like my husband, then, it's possible.

















Pine Squirrel.



The Forest-Flyer Roller Coaster. It was a blast!



Beam me up!



The town of Vail is a measly 8,000 feet - full of swanky tourists, round-abouts, money and shops. At the top, it's over 10,000 feet. The mountain peaks stick to the ridge like shark teeth, and the smokey-blue color seems to dissolve into the sky.

We rode the Gondola up on the left side of town and hiked an easy two mile trek to the other side. Once there, we inhaled killer waffle-fry nachos, watched fat chipmunks scurry about, zoomed helter-skelter on the forest Flyer, and finally, sailed through the trees back to town.


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It was a great day!






14 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fun use of those travel points. With our Colorado family, we’ve spent some wonderful off-season days in other beautiful Co. destination resort towns, but have only driven through Vail. Obviously we need to remedy that soon. Thanks for taking us along in the meanwhile.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

A great trip to Vail and the free part makes it even more wonderful

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos of your trip to Vail ~ favorite is the macro shot of the squirrel ^_^

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Looks like a great trip! And free - it doesn't get much better!

DJan said...

I used to cross country ski in Vail and environs. It's lovely, and your pictures made me miss it even more. But that cool ride wasn't there back then. What fun! :-)

Lady Fi said...

Looks fabulous!

Peabea Scribbles said...

Oh the roller coaster looks awesome. Sounds like a great get away. Thanks for sharing.

Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fun photos, Sharon. I love Vail! It was the first ski resort I ever visited when my son moved to Denver over 10 years ago. We loved Colorado so much we now also live here

Jill said...

I've been to Vail several times - it's one of my favorite spots in Colorado - in winter and summer - and I've never known there is a roller coaster there. I can't wait to go back now! Glad you had such a great time!

Angie said...

Free is sweet! My hubby has snowboarded in Vail many times, but we have never been there in the summer time. My brother who lives in Colorado likes to say that people move there for the winter but stay for the summer! Thanks for hosting!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Vail has a roller coaster? Who knew!! It looks like a wonderful spot to explore in the summer, and very cool that you could do it all on miles and points!!

Linda Hensley said...

I'm glad you had a great time. And free? Lucky, lucky girl :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I've never been to Vail and it is my loss. That roller coaster through the woods is calling my name!!

Felicia said...

Free is always in great and in Colorado is even better