Mount Elbert Lodge
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- Adjoining Rooms
- Hot tub
- Non-smoking rooms
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Refrigerator in room
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... the pass which is a mountain road with switchbacks and steep drops, then eventually you end up in Aspen.
We left around 10 am and started the drive...even before the pass it was so beautiful with views of mountains, lakes, and all different coloured leaves on the trees. A lot of trees have started to lose their leaves so probably was much more colourful a few weeks ago.
Driving over 10,000 ft passes and through 9500 ft meadows could seem a bit mundane after exploring Rocky Mountain Park but it wasn't. We had a safe drive of about 180 miles southwest from Fort Collins through some really beautiful areas with 12,000 ft peaks on either side. We stopped at this state park campground south of Buena Vista Colorado and found a delightful, albeit not level campsite with views of the ...
... of plan of silly add-ups on the route and the intolerance of being on speeding routes.
So Theo left few days ago and I try to pile up some energy for the month to come. I will pick my friend Sandy in Chicago and we will go north to Canada before I will stay few days in Montreal to see my friend Wendy and her lovely boys. From them heading back to New York after few hours in Providence.
The one ...
Aspen reminded me a bit of Banff, cute little ski/snowboard town with lots of hikes in the summer.
Unfortunately, I did not realize how high up Aspen is (2400m above sea level) and once we started our hike at Maroon Bells, I felt quite dizzy and tired. Turns out I must have had some sort of altitude sickness at 3000m above sea level... That happened on our hike in Santa Fe as well.. well, now I know :)
I recovered quickly and finished the hike at least...
... if not use to the higher attitude...The drive up to Independence Pass was very scenic and scary with no guardrails along the road...Forbes Magazine named this Pass one of "America's Prettiest Fall Drives!"It was not Fall, but it did show it's beauty with many 13,000 foot peaks that ringed the passage..Wildflowers were abundant and many small mountain streams and ponds added to this historic byway...We all were concerned with the deep overhangs ...