Beaver Creek, Colorado. Saturday September 10, 2016

Steve and I grabbed a cappuccino and a chocolate croissant at the hotel before we headed out for today’s adventure.

Steve had wanted to see the famous Frying Pan River. Here it is. South of Beaver Creek and North of Aspen. Not easy to get to but this devoted fisherman’s wife does much to keep her man happy. With an occasional bauble thrown my way, I am kept happy also.

There is a dam on the Frying Pan River creating Reudi Reservoir. Steve doesn’t do reservoir fishing, so we didn’t stop here! (Except for a picture to show us that we actually did stop, but not for long!)

Now that you see the sign do you believe that it is Gold Medal Water?

This is a very famous spot called “The Toilet Bowl”. Very famous and very crowded. You need to get there early if you want a spot to fish.

Fishing can be very good in turbulent water, but if you lose your balance and fall in…well, that’s no good. Especially if your friends have Verizon cell phone service as there is no service here!

Steve looking for fish, he didn’t see any.

Such a pretty valley.

In this section we saw six anglers. We didn’t see a single fisherman catch a fish, nor even a strike.

This was the name of the area. We were looking for signs that said “The Toilet Bowl”!

Next stop was Aspen, we have never been there before and wanted to check it out. If there were movie stars and famous people, I wanted to see them also!

The famous Hotel Jerome. Jack Nicholson and Arnold Schwarzenegger hang out in the bar. The hotel was much smaller than I expected. The AAA rate for mid December was $1100 per night plus taxes. If Arnold or Jack were there, I will never know as we didn’t go in.

Saturday and the Farmer’s Market was going strong.

They don’t do tear downs here, but gut rehabs.

Like Vail and Beaver Creek, the ski trails go right into town.

Dior, but not today for me!

Here you can see the destruction and then regrowth from an Avalanche. Snow and rocks clear the path and then Aspens fills in over time. I bet you thought that this was a picture of a ski run!

Aspens are turning in the higher elevations.

A good view of the tree line. Trees need a certain number of months of the year at warmer temperatures. I’d ask Steve the correct number but my allocation of questions is all over for the day! (Steve says they need at least one month with a mean temperature above 50 degrees)

We didn’t stop to listen to him, but I am sure that Rocky Mountain High by John Denver was in his repertoire.

Lots of hikers out today, and many bikers also. Bikes and motor bikes.

Now we are above the tree line.

The bathroom at Independence Pass.

Continental Divide. Rain drop on one side goes to the Pacific Ocean. Rain drop on the other goes to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

At the summit of Independence Pass.

60 degrees at the Summit and windy.

There were little ponds called tarns. That’s a crossword puzzle answer for you!

Hardly any soil. Mostly rock.

They don’t want you tramping on the ground. The soil and plants are very fragile!

Beautiful view! This was a panoramic picture.

Heading down!

Here is the Arkansas River. This river flows into the Gulf of Mexico. After this we drove over the Tennessee Pass and back over the Continental Divide and back to the Hyatt.

No time for lunch today. We have to hurry back and change for the Wedding! Thank heavens for M&M’s and Peanuts!

No pictures of the wedding except these flowers.

Breakfast at the Hyatt and then we were off to Denver and the airport and home.

I hope you enjoyed another one of my Excellent Adventures!

Do you prefer regular, chocolate or almond croissants best?

Have you ever skied at Aspen?

Have you ever had a picture taken of you straddling the Continental Divide?

The High Lonseome Ranch to Beaver Creek, Colorado. Friday September 9, 2016

Good morning to you! Here is the breakfast menu.

Some of the delicious fruit from Fruita near by. This is the famous fruit growing area in Colorado. I got sick of taking pictures of the food and just wanted to focus on the wonderful fruit.

We said goodby to our hosts at High Lonesome Ranch and were off to Beaver Creek.

We decided to drive up and through The Grand Mesa and take the long way to Beaver Creek instead of just driving straight on I-70. Did you know that it is the largest flat top mountain in the world? It is around 500 square miles! The mesa rises 6000 feet above the valley. There are about 300 lakes up here! The top layer of the mesa was volcanic basalt which prevented it from eroding like the area around it. This is a view of the surrounding valley from part way up. That is a smaller mesa below in the center of the picture.

It is 50 degrees up here. Below in DeBeque (where High Lonsome is) it was likely 82!

One of the many lakes up on The Grand Mesa.

The Aspens in full color change! Did you know that each aspen grove contains one or more clones? As they are genetically linked they all change color at the same time!

The chopped up stones in the foreground is called scree. Thanks to Steve! He knows lots of stuff that I don’t know. But I know lots of stuff that he doesn’t! That makes us great guests at candlelit dinner parties!

Our highest elevation for the day.

A lake. The lakes were probably caused by weak spots in the rock layer. They were gouged out by glaciers and then filled in with the melting ice.

Selfie time!

Beautiful wild flowers.

A little history of the Grand Mesa National Forest.

A mesa is a large expanse of land with a flat top. If it eroded it would become mountains.

Steve was hungry and inpatient. Enough with all these photos! We were in Paonia. I would describe it as a left wing hipster town.

My cup of cappuccino. I needed it to stay awake for the sunny afternoon ride to Beaver Creek. Sun and a car ride puts me to sleep if I am not driving.

The inside of the cafe. It was very small with lots of art work.

I had the spinach and ham quiche for lunch.

Lots of arty stuff on the walls. Your guess is as good as mine as to what this represents!

A cheery sign in the restroom!

The outside of the restaurant.

There was not much going on in this town!

The Paonia Reservoir in Gunnison County.

We passed near Somerset. There are lots of coal mines here, but you can’t see them in this picture!

We passed Glenwood Springs. Always pretty with the red rocks along I-70.

On our way to the hotel in Beaver Creek we stopped at a Tru-Value. I wanted a sparkly cow girl belt to wear to the pre wedding party.

We found our hotel easily.

My hat looked great with the flowers!

Here is the Hi/Low look that I rocked. Lucchese boots and a Tru-Value belt. Its’ called Hi/Low as you mix hi cost items with low cost items!

Tasty passed hors d’oeuvres.

There was a great buffet.

The food was great and the speakers were wonderful! Such a great start ahead for this wonderful couple and their families!

After the Pre Wedding party there was a private concert! Way cool!

The desserts were yummy.

Off to bed! We have a road trip to Aspen tomorrow, and then the wedding!

Where is the nearest mesa to your house?

Do you contribute beauty to the world?

What is your favorite Hi/Low look?