A little place called Aspen

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Most only think of winter when Aspen is mentioned, yet when the snow melts and wildflowers blossom, summer comes out to play in this town in the mountains of Colorado. Thousands of miles covered in crisp pine trees, creeks and rivers come to life and critters roam freely. A town perfectly nested between the mountains with its highest peak reaching 11,212 feet. This is where you find your bliss.

The town is a mere 3 hours away from the City of Denver and the road there could not be more gratifying. The narrow highway that takes you through Independence Pass is surrounded by several charming ski villages. This route goes over the Rocky Mountains exposing you to steep ridges, lakes and unbelievable views that lead to Aspen.
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Meet my travel buddy and dear friend Karla. Excuse our tired, but excited faces.DSC_0058

Downtown Aspen. The population fluctuates with constant tourists from all over the country (including A-List Celebrities) that sustain the high-end shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.

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DSC_0064DSC_0071Now meet Marisol! A now local, great friend and the sole reason of our trip.
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Nothing but. Everyone is happy! There is no real need for a vehicle in Aspen, we roamed the streets, hiked into town day and night without a care in the world simply enjoying our surroundings. DSC_0046 DSC_0080 DSC_0081 DSC_0085

Wildflowers.
DSC_0094Aspen must: Ride the gondola’s up to highest peak at 11,212 elevation. The ride up was pleasant, coming down was challenging for me (to say the least).DSC_0112DSC_0130 DSC_0117At the top of the mountain there is a calm chilly breeze, with a view that will make your head spin. Literally the elevation is alarming.
DSC_0139 DSC_0141 DSC_0149 DSC_0155 DSC_0168 DSC_0170The best thing about Aspen is being able to enjoy the great outdoors then eat, then continue to appreciate the lush vegetation that overpowers the town.
DSC_0176Paradise Bakery & CafeDSC_0177 DSC_0179Saturday, local farmers market stroll.
DSC_0194#godmadethis DSC_0185Vintage shop in Glenwood, CO.
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Brunch at Justice Snows, inside the historic wheeler opera house.DSC_0236 DSC_0243 DSC_0251

John Denver SanctuaryDSC_0253Thank you Marisol for being such an amazing host. We had a great time!

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