We decided to take a long drive to see the beautiful Aspens over a large area in central Colorado. We drove more than 200 miles for the day, but it was worth it. We left Bogan Flats at 9:00 AM, that is very early for us. We stopped just outside of Aspen at the Grotto.
The water has worn caves into the rocks. i understand they turn into ice caves in the winter. Pictures don’t do it justice.
We met 4 ladies that asked us to take their picture. They were from Russellville, Arkansas and probably know our son and daughter in law. They took our picture also.
There were also some very nice waterfalls.
We then headed up to the town site of Independence.
It was over 10,000 and there were not any Aspens.
We then went up to the top.
The views were awesome. We ate lunch and enjoyed the beautiful day. Then we descended down to Twin Lakes. The Aspens and the reflection on the lake were beautiful.
Then we went on to Leadville. It is a blue collar version of other mountain towns.
Then we took Hwy 24 to Mintor. We followed the Eagle river. It was beautiful.
We stopped at the site of Camp Hale. This was formally the training center for the 10th mountain division. They had over 1200 buildings and trained here for action in the Alps in WW2.
We then jumped on I 70 and drove back down through Glenwood Canyon to Glenwood Springs. We did not take any pictures of the canyon, we will have to do that on the trip back to Denver.
It was really an awesome day. Make sure to take time in your life to enjoy what God has given us to enjoy.