Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Western Trip – Days 39-41 – Pitkin & Mario's

On Saturday, the girls went to the farmers market in Gunnison then we went for a drive up to Pitkin - founded in 1879, and is said to be Colorado's first mining camp west of the Continental Divide.  Unlike Tin Cup, which has mostly original buildings, Pitkin is more of a modern residential town (full time and seasonal) with a few of the older buildings - I can see why folks would want a summer home there.  It is located at the end of another pretty valley and since it's 1000 feet lower it wasn't as cold as Tin Cup.

The next day, we hung around the coach and made Cajun alfredo pasta using Mary's recipe for Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo at Deep South Dish.  Check out her site for the recipe and lots of pics.  The one change we made was adding a half slice of diced country ham with the shrimp.

It was very good with plenty of Cajun flavor (even though it didn't look like a lot of spices before I added the shrimp to them).

On Monday, the girls finally made it up to Crested Butte for a little shopping while I dog sat then we got take out from Mario's Pizza and Pasta.  

I thought my Stromboli was very good for a small town in the CO mountains and the girls enjoyed theirs as well.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. whaddya mean "for a small town in Colorado" give us some credit! ;) From the photos, I can see I need to make a trip to Pitkin. Very Cool.

  2. Larry, Nice photos...all giving me that travel itch with Colorado being one of our least visited states! Love that Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo recipe with the Cajun touch! That piece of country ham kicked it up a notch too I'll bet. As for the pizza/Stromboli, don't pick on Colorado. We still haven't found great pizza here in East Tennessee! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. that pasta looks great! You have me craving cajun pasta now!!

  4. Looks great! You would have enjoyed your trip! Yummy dish:)

  5. Love the small town scenery there, now that alfredo sounds wonderful.

  6. We are headed to Lake City this weekend and are staying in Creede for the balloon festival . We have already extended our stay and may add a few more days. Looks like you guys are hitting some pretty great places.


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