For those willing to take a few steps, a trail leads around the lake, opening fresh perspectives with each step and with the ever-changing light.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Not the bells of Notre Dame Cathedral, but the Maroon Bells. Located about 9 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado, are a pair of peaks called the Maroon Bells. When the light is right (seldom, during my visit) the maroon color is pronounced. Viewed from Maroon Lake, the jumping off point for most visitors, the bell shapes are clear.
Above the end of the lake, two trail systems exist. The left takes you to the inflow,
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Fortunately, my Forester is less than 35 feet long, and I went exploring.
The roadway rises through aspen and pine forests, reaching the Continental Divide at an altitude a bit above 12,000 feet. Right there, right at the Divide, is a pond. Looking across that pond to the northwest, it was as if the world just dropped away below me.
The water draining from that pond joined other watercourses, reaching a high alpine meadow alongside the highway, where the headwaters gave birth to the Roaring Fork River.