Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Back to reality

My wife and I came back from our vacation (Holiday) yesterday after spending a week in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The weather was great, low 40’s at night and high 70’s during the day with sunny days and no rain. I think the traveling Gods were with us.
The main purpose of our the trip was to have some rest and relaxation and explore the trails around Aspen, CO in search of wild flowers, unfortunate the trip was a bit early in the season and we were left a little disappointed with the wild flowers in bloom at this time. But never the less, for those of us that live in the tropics, going to the mountains during spring time is an eye popping experience.
I was told by locals that the best time for wild flowers is July and August. This year May was the only time I could get away because of work and besides I got such a great deal on the airfare $158 round trip on TED (United Airlines low fare carrier) from Miami to Denver. Note TED was great the service was good the plane was on time and the bags were not lost. We even got a free movie, it can’t get any better than that.

Personal note on Aspen Colorado, the last time I was there was 25 years ago when I was a skier (back when my knees could take the pounding) back then the town was a mix of the rich and famous and long time locals. Today if feels like the rich and famous won and the locals are gone, the Real Estate value is measure in the several millions of dollars, no one with a normal salary can live in town.
When you talk to the workers in the hotels, stores and restaurants they all live in neighboring towns some have commutes longer than my (two hours each way is very common)
It is such a shame to walk around town during the off season and see all those beautiful homes empty with owners that only come once or twice a year during the ski season and then you see the real people that make a town alive leaving after work. It is a shame because in my opinion Aspen is one the most beautiful western towns in the Rockies.

Dandelions everywhere

Alpine Phlox (so I am told)


LostRoses said...

Welcome back to reality, Rusty. Aspen isn't what it used to be, is it? I'm afraid the rich and famous took it over years ago. Vail is fast heading the same way, they've even had buy condos for firefighters and police officers to rent since they wouldn't be able to afford to live there otherwise. But, as they say, the views are breathtaking.

It is a bit early for wildflowers in the mountains, but I'm glad you enjoyed your trip anyway!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Welcome back and I'm glad you had such a lovely trip. I love wild flowers so thanks for the pics, I enjoyed them!