It is the time of the year when the bears really need to eat a lot of calories in preparation for winter hibernation. Last night my dog alerted us to the presence of a bear nearby… this morning I saw just how close the bear was to our house by the large pile of bear scat left behind!
Although there has been snow in Aspen we just received our first snowfall of the season in Basalt! It was so beautiful watching the lovely big fluffy snowflakes drifting down against the golden fall leaves to the green grass. I am posting a picture taken from my house this morning 🙂
Basalt is positively vibrant this summer thanks to the work of the Basalt Chamber. The music in the Park lineup is in full swing and just moved from the Triangle Park part of the season to the Lions Park in downtown Basalt. Although it was raining we all enjoyed the amazing performance from Brother’s Keeper this Wednesday. Some people had umbrellas but the trees were also very popular as shelter! The beautiful rainbow was an added bonus.
Arguably the defining event of the summer; this year did not disappoint with amazing vendors and incredible music. Here are two photos of the Saturday night fire dancers.
What a great new community event! The Basalt Chamber has lined up summer movies in the Park every second Saturday. This Saturday kicked off the series with the Princess Bride. Lots of people enjoyed the movie and the community gathering together under the moon and stars.
July 4th is always so much fun in Aspen. We volunteered to help with the annual Aspen Valley Ski Club barbeque fundraiser in Koch Park – what a great view of Aspen Mountain!
One of the best things about living in Aspen is that we have a great little airport. Although small it is our gateway to the wider world. I have been neglecting this blog as since winter I have been traveling! On returning from Costa Rica Aspen Highlands was open for the weekend so I hiked the Highlands Bowl and showed friends at the top photos of swimming off an island 2 days prior… Aspen Mountain was open for skiing Memorial Day weekend so got some turns in after returning from Australia and Mexico but missed the skiing on the last open weekend as we were off to Europe. Great to see friends and family…. we truly are fortunate to have the best of all options from here. Remember to check out the real estate pages on this blog or simply contact me if you want to know more about property here 🙂
FINALLY I started my long-standing quest to hike West Snowmass Creek Trail. This trail links Snowmass Lake trail and Capitol Lake trail, so I see the trail signs every time I hike those trails and have long wanted to do that link. But it is not a closed loop and the two trailheads are not close together, so to do the whole trail would require a car at both ends. Given the steepness of the Capitol trailhead access road this has been a sticking point to date. This year I had the bright idea of doing this in two halves; firstly from the Snowmass Lake side, then later (on another day) doing the Capitol Lake side of the link, with the goal of getting to wherever I got to from the other side, thus doing the whole trail in two separate attempts. Yesterday I decided to start from the Snowmass Lake trail (25 minutes from Basalt) and see how far I could get. It is hunting season so I wore bright orange and I was very glad I did! I saw two hunting groups and one gunshot was fired quite close by.
The beginning of the trail is a stream crossing about 45 minutes from the Snowmass Lake trailhead – VERY cold water! I got to about 2 hours in past here; some places are quite steep, and some are a really pleasant walk through pine and aspen forests and pretty meadows. Hiking poles are handy for the small waterfall and brook crossings. There is a fork in the trail about 1.5 hours in, where going left would take you to a small lake or pond at the top of the creek; the right fork goes above this meadow towards Haystack. At this point I realised that the trail probably goes around Haystack to my right rather than going between Haystack and Mt. Daly. This top meadow in the last photo below where you get a great view of Mt. Daly (right) was my turnaround point for the day. Next time I will start from the other side and see if I get to this meadow 🙂
Past Thomasville, which is at the far end of Ruedi Reservoir, about 25 pretty miles from Basalt, there is a sign that says the road goes to Eagle. Once, from Eagle, I went to Sylvan Lake and all my instincts told me that this road should connect Sylvan Lake to Thomasville. Ever since, I have really wanted to do this drive so today was the day! When we got there in Todd’s Subaru 2WD we saw a sign that warned the road is impassable when wet. A bit nervously we looked at the clouds which definitely had rain in them but decided to chance it. So glad we did…. the weather held and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. I realised we were on the other side of the mountain range that you see when you drive from Leadville to Minturn. From one spot we could see that whole mountain range through to Mt Elbert by Twin Lakes I believe – photo below. And sure enough we did come out at Sylvan Lake 🙂 🙂 🙂 From there we went to Gypsum then back via I70 to Glenwood Springs but we could have gone over our local Cottonwood Pass back of Gypsum (also not a good idea when wet) to Basalt. A later plan is to go from Basalt to Thomasville to Eagle to Minturn on US 6 then Leadville -Twin Lakes – Independence Pass – Aspen -Basalt. Or Leadville – Hagerman Pass (with my Jeep) – Basalt. There is soooo much to do around here – I love that I am always finding new adventures so close to home!
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