Glenwood Springs, Colorado: As
wagered predicted, our steps did extend this morning. I hate our steps, and I think they hate me.
Our only plan for the day was to drive 40 miles to Aspen to see what could be seen. The drive is stunning, after leaving “downtown” Glenwood Springs.
After reaching Aspen, we went directly to the Little Nell Hotel for their iconic burger with truffle fries at the Ajax restaurant.
After lunch, we took a good long walk through the city streets, which are filled with ski shops, bike shops, art galleries, designer clothing shops, Dior, Gucci, and numerous eateries. Another pretty, historic, Colorado town!
Since surviving the chair lift at Kyle and Lauren’s wedding in August, My Driver convinced me to take the gondola from downtown Aspen (at the Little Nell) to the top of Aspen Mountain. The ride was $33 per person and after an 18-minute ride, delivers you to the top of the mountain (and in the season, to countless ski runs).
Not going to lie - the ride was still frightening (a bit) for me. (Again, not afraid of heights, but afraid the cars will fall from the cable.) For some reason, my vertigo-impaired Driver is not bothered by a gondola ride? The ride was okay, until the gondola stopped twice, and we had to hang there swinging in the wind. Not fun.
When we disembarked at the top, we found a party going-on! So many tourists enjoying the views over the Rockies and ski slopes.
A crew were setting up for a wedding tonight. A bridesmaid snapped our photo under the chuppah, sadly before it was decorated with the waiting fall-themed flowers.
After enjoying the views (a bit hazy today, due to wildfires), we had to retrace our path and descend the mountain.
More street-walking and window-shopping after our gondola ride, but only postcards purchased. Our drive back to Glenwood Springs was quite busy with traffic and we arrived to our RV to only have cocktails and “heavy” appetizers for our dinner. There is a lot of rain and some flash-flooding in La Quinta due to Tropical Storm Kay, so we are closely following the weather at home.
We leave here tomorrow and head-out to yet another ridiculously scenic part of Colorado. Until my next update, I remain, your high-altitude correspondent.