Colorado: Aspen (pt. 2) & The Roaring Fork Valley
Day 136: Aspen, CO > Maroon Bells, CO
I woke up and went to the closest bakery, ordered a chocolate croissant and a cappuccino, and found out they did not have wifi. I took it as an omen to slow down, so I sipped my coffee and cat for a few minutes before moving on to the next cafe. Peaches had wifi & plugs, so I settled in for the day. When I closed my laptop, John and I headed out to Maroon Bells National Forest. We thought we were just going to take a few pictures, but the ranger told us there were campsites available. This was one of the most popular sites in all of Colorado…YES! We went straight to the lake to take a few pictures, but a storm was rolling in and the night was getting cold. We hurried back to the van, turned up the propane heater, and hunkered down for the night.Click here to Read More of our vanlife diary
Day 137: Maroon Bells, CO > Black Canyon of the Gunnison, NP
We woke up to 5 inches of snow on our van & the yellow leafed aspen trees outside of our windows. It was truly a winter wonderland. 5 inches of snow had fallen overnight. We used our broom to scrape the snow off of our windshield. We stopped at Maroon Lake for some pictures, and the landscape had completely changed overnight. Then we got back on the road. Little did we know that today would be one of the most beautiful days our eyes had ever seen. The view was spectacular. The view from the car window was spectacular. The yellow leaves in front of the colorado peaks were breathtaking for hours on end. We stopped near Roaring Fork Valley to take a picture and saw people in the host springs below. We had our bathing suits, so we jumped in too. It started to snow and it was one of the most beautiful scenes imaginable. John did a little fishing before we kept driving. Our next stop was at Slow Groovin BBQ for a Megatron Pulled Pork sandwich. We got on our way and drove through the groves until we stopped at a gas station for supplies. They recommended going to Gunnison National Park. We had nothing else to do between there & Telluride, so decided to make the National Park our campsite for the night. We drove in right around sunset to see the last rays of light on the canyon walls. We stood on the edge as the evening breeze swept by. Black Canyon is said to be Colorado’s Grand Canyon with steep 2,000 ft high rock walls that have been formed over 100’s of years by the Gunnison River below. We were some of the only people at our campsite, and so turned up the music, started a fire & enjoyed the cold night air together.