Winterskol - Aspenglow
Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
65Trip End Nov 04, 2012
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Nothing prepared us for the sight we saw as we passed the Aspen Hospital on our way to Ashcroft and beyond. It was breathtaking! Just a couple of kilometres out of Aspen, we were faced with this unbelievable vista. Wherever we came across a 'turnout' in the road, we would stop and take photos of the snow – the aspens in the snow, the pine trees in the snow, the babbling brook, the snow, more snow….
You cannot explain in words the incredible scenery that we have witnessed – it is unbelievably beautiful. We soon arrived at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, where lunch and entertainment would be served for the next three hours. Our attention was always to what was happening beyond the huge windows of this log cabin style restaurant, which had been opened especially for this luncheon, as it is usually closed until ski season starts. The entertainment was quite good, and along with the featured artist, we also got a surprise visit from Jeff Pine and Jim Connors, which was fun. We also heard from Ron Matthews, who also is a very talented singer.
The luncheon was brilliant, but we were quick to realise how complacent that many of the Americans were regarding snow, when we realised that we were also the only ones outside in it taking photographs. It will be good to compare the photos with the ones I took in 2009, when I was last at this venue. All too soon, the event was over and we had to make tracks, but not before Carolyn and Laraine were interviewed for a documentary that the local TV station were making. All in all it was a good day – so far…
We then proceeded down the road for a few kilometres to the ghost town of Ashcroft
We headed out and arrived at the Maroon Bells after seeing four white-tail deer run across the road a few metres in front of us. Fortunately due to the recent snow, I was driving rather slowly so it was a bit of a thrill to see them running across the road. We arrived in the carpark, but could not find any evidence of a campfire, but instead walked along the track and before us was the most breathtakingly beautiful vista I have probably ever seen. The Maroon Bells were shrouded in snow, and because the lake was fairly still, we could get some really good ‘reflection’ photos. We were there for about 15 minutes, before the fog hit the ground and it was like a curtain had been drawn – within a matter of seconds, we realised that the Maroon Bells were completely covered by fog, so it was time for us to go and to return to Aspen and then to try to get a decent meal for a reasonable price. We ended up at the Aspen Hickory House, which specialises in baby ribs. They were good. We sat in the lobby for a while and had a drink, and talked to some people who were hanging around.
We have a busy day tomorrow….