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Ophir Pass-Telluride, CO

This is our last full day in Telluride, so we needed to stretch our legs and get in a good climb.  This morning, we got an early start for a half day climb up to Ophir Pass. This is a 2,000ft climb to the elevation of 11,790. It is one of the easiest hikes in …

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Ride to Telluride

We got up early and packed up quickly. It takes about an hour to break camp and pull out for the next stop. We drove out of Aspen and stopped for lunch at Whole Foods. I wanted a big salad and he wanted Sushi. We kept driving until we got to Montrose, which is the …

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Silver Queen Campground

There are several campgrounds along the road to Maroon Bells and the National Forest access. We stayed in the Silver Queen Campground. When Stephen was looking for a camping spot, we wanted river access, shade, and elevation. Some campgrounds cram people in like sardines and we certainly didn’t want that, either. What we got, was …

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Maroon Bells

The story goes that the man who first saw these peaks thought they looked like twin bells. When you get up close, the first one really does look like a handbell. Both peaks, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, are over 14,000 ft. However, as beautiful as they are, they are dangerous. Many hikers hoping …

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Crater Lake, Colorado

Today, we took a long hike to the Colorado version of Crater Lake which is right at the base of the 2 Maroon Bells. Let’s just say it was “rocky” and leave it at that. Beautiful… ……but rocky. We met a lot of interesting people on the way up and down. We saw a lot …

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Happy Camping in Aspen

The first night was cold, but I was dressed in a good base layer and the sleeping bag really was designed for cold extremes. I would have never believed a non-down filled bag could do that. My first thought when I stumbled out of the tent was coffee and chocolate. And hey, it’s vacation, so …

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Maroon Bells, Aspen Colorado

Maroon Bells is one of the most popular places in Colorado. There is even a claim that it is the most photographed area. When I first looked up the Bells, that certainly seemed to be the case. Since we got in late yesterday, we waited until today to go exploring at Maroon Lake which is …

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