How to get here well equipped
Reminders: Carbondale (from north) and Paonia (from south) are the last towns with ordinary gas stations and grocery stores. Fill up and buy whatever food, snacks or other provisions that fit your plan, and avoid needless trips back out to shop. Drink lots of water and consider taking a few aspirin the day of travel to thin the blood…it works wonders at preventing altitude “sickness,” a tired and headachy feeling that effects some people coming from elevations below 5000 ft.
- Camera with telephoto lens
- Swim suit/trunks for the hot tub
- Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes (snow boots in winter)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and brimmed hat
- Small daypack and a non-leak water bottle
- Hooded jackets, gloves, thick wool socks, clothes to dress in layers (even summer alpine weather and
- temperature differentials vary greatly with ascent or decent in elevation).
- Fishing License and gear Compass and maps for serious wilderness exploring
- Rocky Mountain bird and wildflower guide books
- Addresses for people who might deserve a postcard
- Stories to read or tell around the fireplace or campfire
- Musical instruments
- One thin file of paperwork from office or school (not to really look at, but just for assuaging any latent guilt you might feel when getting away to Beaver Lake Retreat).