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Those of us who live near the Rocky Mountains are very familiar with quaking aspens, a species of tree I’ve grown increasingly fond of over the years. These trees have characteristic white bark and green leaves in the summer (that shimmer in the wind, hence “quaking”). The leaves turn a beautiful golden-yellow color in the fall.
Aspen trees are striking when you come across a stand of them, especially in an evergreen forest. Their white bark makes them seem like guardians or sentinels. But one of the aspens’ more interesting features is their “eyes”. Of course the trees aren’t actually watching you, but if you look at the main trunk of a larger aspen you’re likely to see dark markings against …
Many of you remember folksy singer, Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr, better known by his stage name, John Denver. John was a talented and very successful singer, songwriter and actor who made his home in Aspen, Colorado. John loved the town of Aspen, the state of Colorado and its Rocky Mountains, and fought to conserve them.
Mr. Denver was know for his “clean” presentation and enthusiasm for his music — and life in general. You’d recognize many of the songs he wrote and we’ll see the lyrics for his biggest hits shortly. The Colorado state legislature adopted his song, “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. John was an avid pilot who died tragically in the crash of a …
Fall is my favorite season, largely because of the beautiful transition of colors in the vegetation. Whether it’s grasses, small bushes or large trees like these aspen, the forests are even more beautiful as the seasons change from summer to winter.
These photos were taken not far from Vail. The colors here, while vivid, aren’t as diverse as those in the forests of the eastern USA or eastern Canada, consisting mostly of shades of yellow. But they’re beautiful none-the-less. And they’re set in the majesty of one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges!
The small town of Aspen is a beautiful if somewhat unusual place to visit. The gorgeous mountain setting is something you’d never tire of, but the town is quirky. It’s a blend of hippy, cowboy, the frontier, and recently a lot of Hollywood (I don’t believe I’ve ever driven by an airport with more private jets parked in it than Aspen airport). Aspen’s transformed itself from being a rather simple mountain town to an upscale trendy resort.
The town is well know for it’s great winter skiing and in the summer has become a popular family vacation destination. It’s got excellent restaurants, all types of shops, and lots of outdoor activities. For me it’s a fun day-trip destination.
Since I’ve started collecting …
My son is a doctoral student in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit this small college city several times recently. Last year we attended the lively Boulder Farmers’ Market on Saturday, which you can read about at this link. This year we went to the Wednesday evening market specifically for dinner.
We’d heard rave reviews about the tamales at the market so that’s what everyone had, and they did not disappoint, especially smothered in a tasty chile (mild or hot) sauce. Like hundreds of others at the market, we took our dinner into the nearby park and sat on a bench munching on our tamales and drinking fresh squeezed lemonade. It was …
I love summer in the mountains, short though it may be. Winter has its own charm, especially if you like playing in the ice and snow, but summer is my season. Days are long and the weather is pleasant — sometimes even warm. People who live in the mountains know how to squeeze the most out of their short summer.
I recently spent more than 2 weeks in the American Rocky Mountains, much of this time in Colorado at altitudes between 6000 and 8500 ft above sea level. I was very impressed by the widespread planting of flowers in the small towns of the region. Blossoms were everywhere — planters, gardens, window boxes, hanging pots. The colors were beautiful, cheery and, …
Among the pleasures of summer across the northern hemisphere is that farmers markets spring to life for a few months, serving a bounty of fresh produce along with other items people buy at a market, like handicrafts, baked goods, snacks, jewelry and the like. I’ve grown increasingly fond of these markets over the years, visit them frequently — especially when I’m traveling — and like to share them with my fellow travel lovers!
Minturn is a small sleepy town of just over a thousand residents a few miles west of Vail and a few miles east of Beaver Creek, Colorado. It’s built along the Eagle River, a popular mountain river with fly-fishermen. Each Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm …
I love going on leisurely road trips — the kind where you’ve several spare hours to pull over somewhere and explore. If a place seems interesting, I like to check it out.
So it was this past summer while we were visiting Colorado. We were heading east to Boulder, with a planned stop for lunch in Georgetown, and were cruising on I-70. We starting to look for the Georgetown exit when immediately ahead was an exit for “Silver Plume”. Great name, got to explore it!
Silver Plume is located in Clear Creek County and is a former silver mining town. It’s just 46 miles (74 km) from Denver, but worlds apart from that huge busy city. The town is situated along gushing Clear Creek …