Staying at Friend’s Property in Keystone Colorado – Perfect Weather in July

People Enjoying a Music Performance at Keystone Overlook Summit (11,640 feet above sea level=3,548 meters), Colorado, USA

(July 1 – 9, 2019) There are two seasons in Colorado: 4th of July and winter, someone told me. “If you visit Colorado in summer, you stay and in winter, you ski.”

After leaving the Rocky Mountains, I drove to Keystone where my friend owns a rental vacation property. When my friend knew I was in the Rocky Mountains, she offered me her place to stay for free. As I am fond of a small town parade on the 4th of July Independence Day, she emailed me some information on a variety of events in that area.

Driving to Keystone, I was still itching because of the skin hives caused by food poisoning. I was somewhat relaxed thinking of sleeping in a town not a campground. I also thought about seeing a doctor on the next day, if necessary. My health insurance doesn’t cover “Out of Network Service.” It has a High Deduction of $7,900. As I haven’t seen a doctor this year, I figured the cost from my pocket, might be $500 for an urgent care visit and most likely blood test and etc. A miracle happened; the itching problem was gone the next morning. Wow and No Ouch!

Staying in Keystone, I enjoyed the lifestyle at high altitude: my friend’s property (9,321 feet above sea level =2,841 meters), Wholefood Grocery store (9,097 feet), Dillon Reservoir (9,017 feet), and Keystone Overlook Summit (11,640 feet = 3,548 meters). High altitude didn’t bother me this time as I was adjusted gradually by visiting many national parks. Bicycle lanes are everywhere here. Public transportation is free. The bus routes and schedules are convenient. I hardly drove my car but rode my bike, walked, and took buses.

One day, taking a guided tour with a volunteer park ranger, I learned that about 15 million people visit this area (the White River National Forest) annually. There are four major ski resorts here: Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Vail. They lease the land from the government. In summer, ski resorts open for other activities: mountain biking, ski camp, hiking trails, concerts, and etc. On weekends, I took free Gondola rides in Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge Ski Resorts. At the summit, I thought about many activities I could do easily year around.

Keystone Lake View from My Friend’s Property, Colorado, USA
The Frisco Fabulous 4th of July Parade, Town of Frisco near Keystone, Colorado, USA
Throwing Snow Balls at the 4th Parade, Frisco, Colorado, USA
Silverthone Marina (9,017 feet above sea level), Colorado, USA
Sailing Race at Dillon Reservoir (9,017 feet above sea level), Colorado, USA
People Waiting for Gondola Rides at Keystone Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
Picture at Keystone Summit, Colorado, USA
Dillon Reservoir (9,017 feet Above Sea Level) in the Middle of the Picture, Colorado, USA
Mountain Biking Trails in Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
Free Guided Hiking Trip at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
Getting Ready for Concert, Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
A 15-foot tall wooden troll sculpture located in Breckenridge, Colorado. It was created by the Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who is known worldwide for bringing awareness to recycling and upcycling (creative reuse) by building great things out of trash.
Gondolas at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
Summer Weekend Outing, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado, USA
Frisco Whole Foods Market, Colorado, USA
Buses at Frisco Transit Station, Colorado, USA
Kayaks and Canoes at Frisco Marina, Colorado, USA
Boats by Frisco Marina, Colorado, USA

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