Finding Little Hawaii (Bear Creek Trail, Telluride)

With our short time in Telluride, we wanted to fit in a short but scenic hike amongst our ghost town exploring adventures. Someone was kind enough to give me directions to a well kept secret hike on the Bear Creek Trail. When I say “well kept secret”, I mean that I searched online for 2 hours trying to find out how to get to this secret paradise, until I gave up & asked someone on a social networking site.
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Alta Ghost Town

Every Labor Day weekend (which coincides with our wedding anniversary weekend), tradition dictates we pile into our “adventure-mobile” and hit the road. We had so much fun last year in Colorado, that we decided to go back, but this time to the Telluride area.

Our first stop upon arriving in Colorado: the Alta Ghost Town and the nearby Alta Lakes.

Back in 1878, a man by the name of Jack Mann discovered gold in this area. The Alta townsite came into existence shortly thereafter. Only a few hundred people lived here, and World War II saw a resurgence in activity but it closed for good in 1948 after a fire burned the mine’s mill.
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Kayaking the La Jolla Sea Caves

Our final day of our road trip to San Diego ended on an exhilarating note with a kayak tour into the La Jolla Sea Caves.

I think the company we chose to tour with, HikeBikeKayak, made all the difference in whether we had a good time or a great time. We had a great time. They have a small group policy and guides that are well educated in the local wildlife and habitat.
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