Aspen, Maroon Bells, & Independence Pass


We enjoyed our Memorial Day Weekend with an overnight visit to Aspen.  We didn’t ski, but believe or not the slopes were still open.  It was almost 90 degrees on Sunday and skiers were headed up the slopes in their shorts and t-shirts.

Aspen is a beautiful town, but based on the real estate prices and the price of Starbucks hot cocoa, I doubt we will be parking our private jet there anytime soon!  The downtown area is right beside the slopes and is full of upscale shopping and sidewalk eateries.

Within just a few minutes drive of Aspen is a beautiful gift from mother nature….Maroon Bells.  The 14,000 feet mountains were formed from hematite, an iron bearing mineral; hence the name “Maroon.”  We had a planned a hike near the bottom of the mountains, but it was cold and extremely windy.

We spent the night in Carbondale (about 20 miles from Aspen) and headed home on Monday via Independence Pass, which had opened just a couple days prior.  The snow pack is 200% above normal this year; which means at higher elevations there is still lots of snow on the ground.

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