On Monday morning we left for a little road trip (in the snow). Erin has worked a lot in Glenwood Springs, so she is very familiar with that part of Colorado. She suggested that we go up there so that we could visit Marble, the place where all the marble for the national monuments was mined. (I even got some marble "souvenirs." More on that later.) Amy had never been to Aspen so we decided we would make a little side trip over there, as well. I was hoping to see the Maroon Bells in all their fall finery.
On the road again… Let me just say that there was a BIG difference in temperature from what we have been experiencing in Texas. In fact, Dan said the heat index in Houston was 110 degrees. Here it was in the 40’s and snowing. The low was 29 and it’s only the first part of October. It looks like winter’s starting early in Colorado. Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte is a good antidote for a chill in the air. It's a dollar more expensive in Copper, though, so you had better be really cold!
We made it to Glenwood Springs just as the sun was starting to shine.Katie was happy to be in a warm restaurant eating Philly Cheese Steak (with lots of ketchup). Her Aunt Erin has taken on the job of educating Katie on some of the finer things in life like ketchup and the joys of jumping on the bed! Ha!
These pictures were taken in Glenwood Springs by the Colorado River (and the railroad tracks). We just wanted the pictures of the aspens.
Once we ate, made our requisite trip to Target, and checked into the hotel, we headed on over to Aspen.
This is at the base of the ski run. We got there late in the afternoon and most of the stores were already closing. Some of the stores only open in the middle of the day and close around 4:00 since this is their off season. I was surprised at the restaurants/stores that were closed permanently like
We did have to buy Katie a coat because she was freeeeeeezing! I know that I mentioned that Katie is a good-natured baby. She is also friendly. She likes to say "Hi" to everyone she meets. (She inherited all of these good traits from her Grammy.) As we were walking down the streets of Aspen, she spoke to everyone who passed by. Now, I know that they all heard her. They just didn't acknowledge her friendliness. I considered tripping them, but decided they weren't worth ruining my pedicure.