Passing through Lake City

Objective: travel the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (South Fork to Lake City). Result: completed.

I have traveled the Million Dollar Highway (Silverton to Ouray), The Wolf Creek Pass highway (South Fork to Pagosa Springs) and now the Silver Thread. But I keep running into déjà vu. The small CG 4 mi. west of South Fork looked awfully familiar, but not sure when I was there. Lake City was also familiar. Then I remembered driving the Jeep (rest her soul) over Engineer Pass from Ouray.

Then I remembered my first impression of Lake City. Cute, nestled in a steep mountain valley. Lots and lots of restaurants. And cabins. Just a place to sleep, eat and…As they put it, a town where they have to make their yearly living expenses in two months of the year.

Not as many shops as Creede. Friendly. Expensive, and they have no compunction about selling you shoddy food at full price, even after complaint. Such was the case at the Tic-Toc food and meeting place. One could build a house from the bricks they call brownies, homemade no less. Even at the $2.50, a Twinky would be better. Otherwise the food was good. But how can one have a bill of $17.00+ for a burrito, coffee and a brick with ice cream on top? Easy, in Lake City. Just go to the Tic Toc. Tip? Make a guess. My suggestion is drive through at 15 mph, have a cuppa and chat with locals, then move on.

Locals were friendly. And chatty. At the Tic Toc encountered a pretty 20-something lady from Russia, Anna. Quietly demure, intelligent, educated… and magically found true love and married in Lake City while on a work exchange program. Imagine that! Suspicions aside, she was charming. I gave her some ideas for her career developement in the U.S., freely offered of course.

Then I wished I was 20-something, walked the dog and left town. It is a good thing I had not my camera. Otherwise an annoyed husband might have not given me time to walk the dog.

Déjà vu.

Tags: Lake City CO

2 Responses to “Passing through Lake City”

  1. Sandy B says:

    We should have told you to eat BBQ at the Smoque Shack right there on main street. It was good and the bill not too steep for a TT (tourist trap). We are changing plans for Tuesday…the cliff dwelling place at Navajo Nations is a 5 mile hike! No thank you!!! We’ll go on to Page instead. The beauty of being self contained is that we can go wherever we please, relatively speaking…

    • Garry P. says:

      Page. You may want to consider the lake boat tour, of various lengths. Some pretty scenery there. There is a nice CG with varying amenities in the lake rec. area. Enjoy the North Rim! Double check RV campsites at the N rim on the web. It is a drive to get from the main hiway to the rim, and you would not want to get there in RV with nowhere to camp or park. But do go to the N rim, by all means, even if by car.

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