"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Independence Pass, Aspen, and Paonia SP


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We left Buena Vista with Ouray, Colorado as our next destination for a few days.  We took the long way around.  Heading back North from Leadville to Hwy 82 and Independence Pass.

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Quite a view from up there.  This was the road we took up.  It was restricted to a total vehicle length of 35 feet.  Thanks to the Casita, we got to experience this beautiful drive.

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On the way down, we discovered how Aspen got its name.

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The remains of old mines seemed to be everywhere.

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Check the size of those timbers.  Yep, I had to put something there for a reference.

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We traveled through the town of Aspen without stopping.  Not really my cup of tea. Hung a left at Carbondale, and found ourselves at Paonia State Park around 3PM.  The only ones in the campground until around dark when a camper van joined us for the night.

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About ten yards from our door was a pretty little stream named Muddy Creek.  It was sort of discolored, but not muddy by my standards.  The view downstream from our site.

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Thanks for looking, and a belated welcome to all our followers, old and new……jc


  1. Wow! That is quite a campsite view.

  2. What a beautiful drive that had to be...lv it! ~cozygirl


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