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.

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