Trip to Aspen over Independence Pass

The other day I took it sightseeing trip to Aspen Colorado, as the crow flies at about 26 miles from Vail but no matter what route you take it’s over 100 miles my car. What I did is headed east on Interstate 70 over Vail Pass. There’s still quite a bit of snow up in the higher elevations you get up over 10,000 feet. Here’s a photo came over Vail Past.

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Just after going over Vail Pass I got on Highway 92 and head south to Leadville, and then I got on Highway 82 which takes you over Independence Pass. As you start to climb there a couple reservoirs but they were still frozen and a lot of snow around.

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Here’s a photo of the reservoir on the other side of the highway.

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They close Independence Pass during the winter because it gets so much snow, I don’t think they could keep it open even if they wanted to. They open the past just this past weekend for Memorial Day. Before you get to the past you come to an area called Twin Lakes. There are numerous forest service campgrounds scattered all around the area. I stopped in Twin Peaks campground and check it out is another nice rustic campground like the one I’m staying in, it’s right on Lake Creek. The creek was moving quite fast from all the melt and run off. Here’s a photo from inside the campground, right around the corner outside the campground someone has built a beautiful home overlooking the creek.

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As we got to the start of the switchbacks going over the past we stopped and took a few pictures of some of the snow.

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As we climbed the views geo more spectacular and the snow got deeper.

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We stopped near the top to get a few more pictures.

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As you can see in this photo the snow is plenty deep as we neared the summit.

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At the top of the summit there was still quite a few people hiking up hills to ski back down. Here’s a shot as we headed down from the top of the summit.

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Aspen is a little different then Vail because it’s been a long established city where as Vail was developed more as a ski resort and was not much of a town before hand. I didn’t take many photos in the town Aspen but it’s a quaint little town with very high-end property. It was a beautiful day for a ride with the top down on the car.

Talking about high-end properties here’s one you can get in East Vail, for under 5 million and it’s got its own observatory so you can gaze out of the stars.20160530_093701And when you’re not gazing at the stars, here’s the view out your front door.20160530_093552Well we got several more projects done at Terry’s this week to. We got two ceiling fans hung in her place. The tricky part was the ceilings are over 15 feet high. And we only had a 7 foot ladder, but lucky Terry was able find a 10 footer we could borrow. The first one was fairly easy because there was a track light right where she wanted the new fan mounted so we able to use that power source. The other one up in the loft bedroom was a little trickier because there was no power running to the center of room where she wanted the fan. I was able to tap into an old track light fixture and hide the wires in the corner. And fish a wire up through most of the ceiling. Here’s the picture of the wires before I put up some trim to conceal them.

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Here’s a couple photos of the finished fan in the bedroom.

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Here’s a shot of the one in the living, she really loves them.

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We also put up a lot of new baseboards in the first floor apartment. And the one day we took this large wardrobe and cut it in two, this way she gets two pieces of furniture out of one.

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That is about it for now, Terry has lots of projects planned more than we will get done I’m sure. And I also plan on spending a couple days doing some fishing and more sightseeing.

Take Care Rick

 

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5 thoughts on “Trip to Aspen over Independence Pass

    1. Thanks
      I see you just put out a new post too I love hearing from you guys too 🙂
      Hope you guys have a great time this summer
      Give by best to Bill
      Rick

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