Tree identification in Colorado can be difficult. I use this website to identify what i’m seeing.
Aren’t they pretty!?
The sun is so beautiful, I love it! The shops in Aspen are gorgeous, I loved walking around taking photos of all the high-end stuff. They are so great to check out when no one else is around. When I travel, I like to get up as early as possible and catch the best light around town. It’s amazing to see the history of some of these buildings. They are still standing from the 1800s. They are so attractive!
While I walk around I notice a psychic shop which offers readings. There’s definitely a mystical element to the town, there’s loads of fortune tellers + tarot readers. I wonder why that is? Maybe it has something to do with a fascination in paranormal activity from the ghosts that still wonder the streets since its past as a silver mining town!
I love history. I was learning about the old silver mining town that was Aspen when the silver boom was happening. I learnt the hotel we stayed in was opened in 1889. Wow!
In 1879 the first prospectors arrived in what would soon become Aspen and determined the area contained large deposits of silver ore
South Africa also has a rich history in mining. But we are known for Gold + Diamonds. We are, after all, the world’s leader in Diamond Production. Johannesburg’s nicknamed “The city of Gold” because it began as a gold mining town.
There’s a fantastic museum in Breckenridge at their welcome center which has a great exhibit of the history of gold mining in that town. Everything seems to be centered around gold + silver – coins, nuggets, horseshoes – it’s like treasure surrounds you everywhere you go!
I found this gif on giphy, I loved it!
In case you’re wondering, when I walk around I’m listening to this playlist on Spotify.
I was so thrilled I got some of these photos just before we headed to The Continental Divide. There’s really so much to do in Colorado – the trees are amazing so you can pretty much just road trip all day. Some of the food I enjoyed while there was this cheeseboard + this martini from Justice Snow’s. It’s great when you can wonder around + enjoy the sights, tastes, smells + sounds of these towns which have so much history. The altitude throws you off a bit – I wonder how the old miners did it.
Learning about all the old mining towns inevitably brings up ghost stories. Apparently many places are haunted along this stretch of Colorado. There is a company that offers haunted walking tours in Aspen called “Dark Side Ghost Tours” – check out their website here.
I found out the mountains near Buena Vista have huge deposits of Aquamarine. I love blue! I think that’s very cool. The ghosts must love that.
There’s something very unusual about having mussels at 8,000 ft above sea level. And it was precisely this oddity which made the dish all the more appealing to me! Very different to eating mussels overlooking Cape Town harbor, like I’m used to! This delicious seafood plate was absolutely out of this world! The crunchy wood-fired bread with that prosecco-aji amarillo broth plus pickled peppers and garlic was the perfect addition to salty mussels straight from the ocean. Eating them in the cradle of mountain peaks, dotted with snow, touching the sky, really made this a bewitching moment worth writing about. After this meal at The Grey Lady, I headed over to have wine around the fire pit at The Ritz. They had just done a wedding so you can still see the white tent in the photo, just at the foot of the mountain.
Me in Aspen. I’m standing outside The Wheeler Opera House + it’s adjoining bar “Justice Snow’s“. The average temperature right now (October/November) is around 63 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s chilly. What struck me most was the smell of all the trees at 8,000ft above sea level. – Pine trees, Ash trees, Conifer trees, Spruce trees, Cottonwood trees, Maple trees – so many kinds! There’s a magic to the space. The oxygen seems purer somehow, it makes you feel so alive. The crunch of the leaves, the sight of the autumn colors, the beauty of the mountains capped with snow. Aspen is a beautifully designed place that embraces Mother Nature + it’s a very healing town if you allow yourself to enjoy all the senses that are being stimulated there.
So when we arrived at Hotel Jerome, in Aspen, we were given this little green drink. It’s actually what they call “ChlorOxygen” – It helps metabolize oxygen in your blood so you don’t get altitude fatigue. Bear in mind Aspen is 8,000ft above sea level, and the lack of oxygen does lead to altitude sickness in lots of people. It usually takes 3 days or so to adjust. The higher the altitude, the longer it takes to adjust. You can get ChlorOxygen concentrate on iHerb.com or in capsules at Whole Foods or online here. It tastes just like water. (But I still chased it with this mason jar of fresh Colorado spring water at “J-Bar”, which was a cute way of presenting it!)
Believe it or not, I’m standing 12,000 ft above sea level as I take this picture at the top of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The crisp air is so chilly and fresh, you literally feel like you’re standing on top of the world. The energy that’s flowing through these peaks give you a feeling of vitality and sense of replenishment. We drove through Independence Pass to get here. In the photos below, you can see the blanket of pine trees on a mountain speckled with snow. I took a moment to taste the snow, it was awesome 🙂 Altitude sickness is a problem for many people; I didn’t feel its full wrath but I did experience dizziness + lightheadedness – wow!
Halloween greetings to my readers! It’s been 2 months since I blogged, I can’t believe how time flies! Promise I will begin publishing weekly again 🙂 I welcome all new followers to The Starlit Path – there have been a phenomenal amount this past 2 months of new subscribers, I am so grateful. This is my story and these are my travel moments.
I just spent an incredible week in Colorado checking out the San Luis Valley! My husband and I started in Aspen + then rented a car and worked our way through places like Leadville, Breckenridge, Salida, Buena Vista + Vail.
Colorado is by far the most exquisite state in America! The mountain peaks which majestically tower anywhere between 7,000-12,000 ft above sea level, remind me of parts of Franschhoek + Stellenbosch in South Africa. Combined with that, the burnt orange trees of Fall, the icy chill in the air and the winding open roads dotted with cattle make you feel so alive!
Taking photos on this trip was such a thrill – knowing I could share them with you. The reason I blog is because I enjoy it and I love sharing these photos with a community of like-minded creatives. They inspire me very much. The beauty of the stuff I see leads me to ask questions to get to know these places more, as I’m sure you also do when you go to new places. It’s all about beauty and discovery.