Fall in Aspen, or, Perfection

One of the most incredible places I’ve visited since moving to Colorado? Aspen. We headed up to Aspen to visit friends this fall, and I can’t get it out of my head. A few snaps of the weekend exploring.

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The drive to Aspen is incredible. On the way up, it was already dark, but Sunday was such a surprise!
Aspens!
Aspens!
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We pulled off the road to take in more of the view. This hardly does the scene justice.
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If one day I can live in a forest of Aspens, I’ll be very happy.
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While on the trip, we headed up the mountain on a lift and went for a hike. A must-do if you visit Aspen.
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This ragtag bunch made the trip!

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At the top of mountain is a little cabin which we paused at for a bit to rest and take in the view.
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The weather changes in a second. See the clouds in the picture above? Always on the lookout for storm clouds.
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Love having this guy home from Mexico!
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These two. Look at those smiles. Aspen is beautiful. So are the people.
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Remember when I said Aspen is beautiful? ❤ the mountains.

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Driving! We took Independence Pass instead of the main highway. Highly recommend it for the views.
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That said, it is not a drive for the faint of heart…
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Cheesing at the Continental Divide. By cheesing, I mean freezing. SO cold.
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Always thankful for tourists who swap photographer duties. Especially when they know how to use my camera better than I do.
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Very different scenery without the sun. Worth the pull off and quick walk on the path to see.

Can’t wait to go back to Aspen in 2015. It is a must. And now that Leo is back home for good from his international work adventure, we can plan it!

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Mountain escape and the best of friends

I’m incredibly blessed to have the folks in these pictures as friends. A few old, but mostly new since moving to Colorado, these are just a few of the people that make this place home.

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We went up to Beaver Creek to stay in Tom’s family’s condo a few months ago and I just found these pictures on my camera, so I figured I’d share. Late but not lost! Lot’s of drinking, eating great food and playing games up in the mountains. So refreshing! 

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My favorite couple making breakfast for the crew. Cute in their robes, and what you can’t see is that most of the group was also in their robes. This is luxury. 

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The girls giggling – you’d be amazed how long it took just to get one semi-decent shot of us! Alcohol was obviously involved and can be blamed for any poor photos. 🙂 

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Even portraits on shirts needs a sip of the apple pie drink – the greatest cocktail I’ve ever had. 

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And then there’s there two – we all go way back and I love both of them like family!