My plan on Tuesday was to make it to Steamboat Springs (one of the few ski towns in Colorado I haven’t hit over the years), but at Silverthorne was advised to not attempt heading north and crossing Rabbit Ears Pass (gotta love quirky names of some places) because it was snowing and there were patches of ice, and we had neither an SUV/AWD (or even snow chains for our tires).
We ended up staying in Frisco, Colorado where I took the above photo. To get an idea of the scale of this tree look at the bus stop stucture in the lower left hand corner of the photo.
I’m sure Steamboat Springs looked beautiful with its freshly fallen snow, but Frisco was beautiful with its own fresh snow. I’ve always been a fan of the TV show Northern Exposure and its fictitious town of Cicely, Alaska. Fricso is that kind of town. (I’ll add it to my list of sister Cicely cities—Ely, Minnesota and Talkeetna, Alaska.)
While in Frisco we ate The Moose Jaw (another great name) on Main St. which I was told was “about as close to Northern Exposure as you can get.” The building itself has a great backstory in that it was originally used to bunk workers constructing Dillion Reservoir. The building was spilt in two and moved from nearby Dillion to its present site in Frisco in 1961. The Moose Jaw opened in 1973.
So thanks to The Moose Jaw for the hamburger, the Frisco Inn on Galena for the room (and advice on getting a snow sock for our tires—something I’d never heard of), and to the town of Frisco for the beautiful holiday decorations throughout town. Sometimes the detours turn out pretty well.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go…