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Conquering Mount Sopris near Basalt, CO.

View near summit of Mount Sopris: View near summit of Mount Sopris near the Basalt.View near summit of Mount Sopris: View near summit of Mount Sopris near the Basalt.CARBONDALE, CO - In most of the Colorado mountain towns where I have lived, there is one peak that dominates the skyline. In Norwood it is Lone Cone Mountain, in Colorado Springs it is Pike’s Peak, and in my new home of Basalt it is Mount Sopris. Driving into the Roaring Fork Valley one cannot miss the stunning view of this peak. It rises over 6,000 feet in less than three miles to its twin summits, both at exactly the same height of 12,965 feet. For me it is a rite of passage to summit the peak that towers above the town in which I live. Not only does this help me to understand where my town lies in relation to the surrounding peaks and valleys, it also affords a familiarity with the mountain that makes gazing up at the peak even more enjoyable and meaningful. Last weekend, I conquered Mount Sopris.

I chose a date and invited some friends, sure that we would have to set several dates before the weather cooperated and we were able to summit. That morning, we woke up to a cloudless blue sky and the weatherman predicting that it would remain that way throughout the day. We drove to the trailhead munching peanut butter and apples, and energetically began the hike. Not long after we began, we passed a gnome, sitting quietly next to his pet chipmunk slightly off the trail. After about two hours of hiking under a canopy of yellow aspen leaves, we reached Thomas Lakes. They were so still that we could see the twin summits of Mount Sopris reflecting in the water. A small pond between the two lakes was covered with a thin sheet of ice, reminding us that winter was on the way. Our midmorning snack refilled our tanks and allowed us to continue onward and upward, constantly marveling at the beauty of our fall-colored valley.


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Halloween Hauntings at The Hotel Jerome

Exterior of the hotelExterior of the hotel ASPEN, CO - October’s just around the corner. Cue changing leaves, frost wrapped mornings, and ghostly Halloween happenings. In light of my love of dressing the part, Halloween is one of my favorite festive stretches of the year. I say stretches because I delegate the entire month of October to costume construction, zombie crawls and eerie encounters. This year, I plan to check out a few haunted hotels that boast credible reputations for supernatural incidents. At the top of my list: the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.


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The Beauty of Aspen's Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage in Aspen, Co: Fall in Aspen, Co brings paints the local landscape with a myriad of colors.Fall Foliage in Aspen, Co: Fall in Aspen, Co brings paints the local landscape with a myriad of colors.ASPEN, CO - So once again the Fall is upon us and with it comes the eye candy that many of us look forward to all year long! I'm a fan of sensory overload and this is the time of year that my eyes get their fix!
Being that I'm originally from the Northeast I was blessed with visually stunning colors coming from all directions this time of year! I remember hearing people talk about Vermont and how folks flocked to the state for the Fall colors but I never felt as though I was missing anything because New York trees filled my eyes with vibrant colors every year without disappointment.


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7908 The Aspen Songwriter's Festival: Great Expectations from Aspen's Great Indoors

Lights, Here Comes ActionLights, Here Comes ActionASPEN, CO - Friday: Abundant sunshine. Saturday: A good amount of sunshine. Sunday: Bright sunshine, pleasant. The local papers have run out of adjectives to describe the flawless fall temperatures; it’s so ridiculously beautiful in Aspen these days, we might start calling it Pleasantville. Or Oz. And so, it’s a true testament to the abundance of 7908 The Aspen Songwriter’s Festival that festival-goers left the plentiful fall colors of the great outdoors to step into the darker, cooler confines of the Wheeler Opera House.

Happily, there was plentiful scenery and ever-changing colors across the Wheeler stage, as well. The Aspen Songwriter’s Festival, John Oates’ labor of love and dedication, kicked off Thursday afternoon with some excellent complimentary beer from Aspen Brewing Company, followed by festival opener, musical super-talent and comedic genius Mike Rayburn.


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Hot Springin' in the High Country

Hot Springs - Spa of the Rockies Athletic Club: The Glenwood Hot Springs and Spa has what you needHot Springs - Spa of the Rockies Athletic Club: The Glenwood Hot Springs and Spa has what you needGLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO - Stress! Stress! Stress!
That seems to be what I hear coming from many peoples mouth's these days. To be honest, as of late it has surely wreaked enough havoc on my own life to have pushed my mind to the point where it finally decided to scream for "Help and I finally decided to listen. It was time to find some Serenity... Now!

Thankfully I'm well aware of how fortunate I am to live where I do. During these times of stress I'm truly blessed with plenty of options to de-stress my mind, body and spirit if I choose to take part. It's the "choosing to take part" that I have a hard time with quite often unfortunatly! I can make all kinds of excuses to NOT do the things that will help me in a positive manner but today I allowed myself to remember that I am deserving of partaking in the goodness that is life. I reminded myself that I am a work in progress and allowed myself to relish in what this part of the country, that I get to call home, has to offer and I did that by opting to take a friend up on her offer to drive us over to Glenwood Springs and spend a little time soaking our worries away in the "Hot Spring Pools". What a GREAT decision!