Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 45--Have You Heard of Flat Stanley? Well, This is Flat Will!

This is our final day in Steamboat Springs. We'll be heading back out on the road tomorrow. This morning we went to the Creekside Cafe for breakfast. It won first place for breakfast in the Best of the Boat. Yesterday, we seemed to hit mostly the third place winners. It was crowded, and we waited about 20 minutes for a table. It was pretty good though. I had a stuffed French toast. Delish!

Afterward, we came back and I had to change my rear tire again. Yesterday, after I changed the new/old front spare tire to the rear, the tire was flat. I took it off, but couldn't find a leak. Derik thought it my be the valve core was loose. He tightened it, and I reinflated it. This morning it was flat again. This time we had to fill the sink with water to finally find the hole. I patched it, and it seems to be holding.

At 11:00, Connor had an appointment to take his tent to Big Agnes (located here in Steamboat Springs) to see if they could fix his failing zipper. Derik and I were going to go to the Old Town Hot Springs, so we took our suits with us, and walked Connor over to Big Agnes.
This is one of three places in Steamboat where BA does business. 

Then Derik and I headed to the hot springs. Now would be a good time to tell you about the title of this post. For those who don't know about "Flat Stanley", he is a character in a children's book who gets flattened and can therefore have all these adventures because he can be mailed to anywhere. When my boys were in 1st or 2nd grade, they read "Flat Stanley". They created a their own Flat Stanleys, and sent them to a friend or relative who took Stanley on various activities, and recorded them before sending Flat Stanley back. Well, we don't have Flat Stanley, we have Flat Will. While we were in Rexsburg, Idaho, Derik had had Koder, from the bike shop, send a few things we needed. Included in the box were a few "extras". This photo of Will was one of the "extras". Today we decided to take "Flat Will" with us on our adventures in Steamboat Springs. On the way to Big Agnes Flat Will met this colorful Fall pig.
They look happy together!
At the hot springs, Flat Will enjoyed the mineral hot pool with Derik.
Don't worry Flat Will, you're protected in a ziplock bag!

He also checked out the not as hot pool.
Flat Will thought the bridge was cool.

This hot spring has been a fixture in Steamboat since the 1800s. Here's some info.
It is the swankiest hot spring we've been to so far. It's actually almost more of a water park/fitness club.
Unfortunately, the slides are closed for Fall. Strangely, they will open up again in Winter. There is a waterfall climbing rock wall in the pool to the left of the other bridge. There was also a waterfall into this other pool.
That one was not for climbing. 

After an hour or so of soaking, we called it good. We stopped on the way back to the hotel for groceries for the next two days. 

Turns out, they were not able to fix the zipper on Connor's tent. However, tomorrow Connor will call them at 8:00 to see if the guy who can replace the sliders on his tent zipper can come to the red house. Apparently, it only takes about 10 minutes to do the job. Then, we'll be back on the road, headed for the high passes...YIKES!!!

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