In amongst the Rockies

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 08, 2010

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Christie's Lodge - Avon

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, June 28, 2010

We have a car, so we are mobile - you need it here in the Rockies amongst some of the most desirable ski resorts in the world. We trekked from our Denver motel (Motel 6) near the airport out west on Route 70 and arrived at Avon after 100 miles (yes, America is still in the stone ages as far as miles, pounds weight, gallons etc, is concerned) driving on the wrong side of the road. This was no sweat (relatively speaking) as we immediately swung on to a dual lane freeway outside our motel and followed it all the way to Avon (10mins from Vail) careful to remain on the right.
Denver is known as the mile high city because it is up at some 5000 feet - one mile - and yet all of the surrounds are flat with a big farming area. In the distance - some 40 miles - you can see the Rockies. From Denver it means that you climb even higher into the mountains and you can see remnants of snow on the peaks - there are some beautiful sights even though we still feel Cape Town has better sights.
At Avon we moved into an up market lodge - Christie's Lodge - in the centre of Avon - really nice! (even has a dishwasher!!) Before you say that we are over doing it, this is our only place we were able to get time-share, so far, in the USA.
Above us, higher up in the mountains, is Beaver Creek ( we are sure that someone reading this blog will know the area) - it is really upmarket and beautiful. In high season, this place must be so busy. Plenty of apartments plus huge family homes,some that are occupied for only two weeks of the year. You certainly don't feel any recession here! Beaver Creek is beautiful--ski lifts surround, a large outside ice rink, comfy chairs around central outside wood fires--must be magic in winter. Has a Scandinavian air to it. This really is turning into a "world trip". In NY we felt we were in China in China town, and at Beaver Creek it feels like Europe!
Monday we took a day trip to Leadville (renowned for it's silver mining in the days of the old wild west)--very historic and rustic.We did a tour of the National Mining Museum, which was extremely well presented, even taking us down a mine on one of the floors, with life size figures, noise of drilling etc.
Tuesday, we were out for almost 11hours!! We traveled on Independence Pass to Aspen. This pass is closed during winter. Goes up to 12,000 feet. Windy road with spectacular views and still plenty of "iced" snow abounds. We were amazed how many, obviously very fit, cyclists we came across. Spoke to one, who cycles up regularly from Aspen!. Aspen has a very pretty town--plenty of hanging baskets of flowers,four main skiing areas, a park dedicated to John Denver and a National park area called Maroon Lakes. We went there at 5pm for good photos and walked for 1 1/2 hours--beautiful.Just wish I could have photographed all the private jets at the airport on our way back to Avon from Aspen!!
Hope you enjoy the pics.
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