We got up around 7 and packed most of our stuff. We ventured down Main Street in search of some breakfast, which we found at The Crown. I ordered a Jefferson which was a pesto chicken panini that was crazy good. Mandy got a Watson – a bacon, egg, and cheese with avocado on a croissant. She loved it. After breakfast, we walked a couple blocks up to a rental shop so I could pick up skis for the day. Then Mandy dropped me off at a chairlift. I took my first run at 9:30am, and it was all ice. I hated it. I skied across to a different lift, and took another run. The sun had apparently had enough time to soften up the snow and it was perfect. I took run after run in outstanding conditions with no one else. I never saw so much mountain with so few skiers. It was absolutely fantastic. I spent a good deal of the morning on Peak 6 until the wind came on so strongly that I couldn’t see my skis in front of me. I started to make my way back across to Peak 9 to meet up with Mandy for a lunchtime beer. I got a Colette farmhouse ale by Great Divide Brewing that was delicious, and downed it quickly to get back onto the snow. I tried to keep track of each run before lunch, but after, I just went where I felt like going, and it was great. At about 3pm, I finished a run and it suddenly hit me that it had been the last run. I texted Mandy to come bring my slippers because I couldn’t stand another minute of wearing the ski boots. Never call last run before it happens.
While Rob was skiing I just wandered around downtown Breckenridge snapping pictures and browsing the cute boutiques. When Rob texted me to meet for a beer I made me way through town back to base 9. Princess Yum-Yum Raspberry Kolsch was on tap. I had already tried this beer in Denver and enjoyed it so I knew it would be a good choice. Rob finished his beer and went back out to the mountain while I sipped mine leisurely. I was somewhat hungry but didn’t want anything on the menu at Coppertop. I decided to walk back to downtown to Crepes a la cart. I ordered the apple strudel crepe and it was so delicious. After my crepe I wandered a little more around town to pass the time. I eventually found myself at the gondola station and rode it up the mountain, taking a few pictures at each stop. Rob texted me in the middle of the ride and said that he was done. Once I arrived back into town I quickly made my way to him (with his slippers) so that he could take off his ski boots.
We dropped off the rental equipment at Blue River Sports and went back to the hotel. Rob showered in the fitness center so he wouldn’t be stinky from skiing all day. After we organized all of our gear we grabbed an early dinner at C.B. and Potts. It was happy hour so we got an order of nachos to split and Rob got a Cuban sandwich as well. Once we were contented, we got back on the road to make our way to Denver. The ride was pretty uneventful and we made good time getting into the city. We opted to stay with Brian and Emma one more night as they had kindly offered, and we didn’t really feel like setting up the tent again or risking getting stranded somewhere with a dead battery again.
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
- Bilbo Baggins
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