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Our last stop was Aspen, the world famous skiing resort. What a charming place it is with lots of lovely shops and pedestrian malls. The architecture of the town is really interesting and the houses are all painted in different colours and reminded me somewhat of San Francisco and her ‘painted ladies’, which is how they refer to the coloured apartment buildings there.

We camped in the State Forest there in a camping ground called Difficult. I don’t know why it is so called and the only difficult feature I found about it was that it lacked a shower block. There were toilets and each campsite was very charmingly situated in its own little clearing with plenty of shade and a pit fire. Adam built us a fantastic fire as it became really quite cold as night fell and we were toasting our jaffles over it until the rain started to fall, and so we had to resort to cooking them on the stove.Wildlife abounded including American robins that are much bigger than the English variety, blue jays and the sweetest little chipmunks scurrying around everywhere. However!! And this bit of information which we were given on our arrival kept most of us awake all night…there was a black bear in the vicinity and he had been sighted at the rubbish dump the day before. You are advised to pack everything away in your car, all the cooking utensils, food, rubbish, in fact just about anything you can think of as they are attracted to a campsite by smell. We decided that we wouldn’t put up the tent for the boys and let two of them sleep in the car and the other two in the trailer with us.The first thing that disturbed us, and we were sure it was the bear paying us a call, was a raccoon who opened up the container we had put the stove into and hopped inside. Hilary and Bradley saw him as he was just under their bed. The next two occasions we were disturbed had nothing to do with the wildlife but were caused by Noel’s and my bed collapsing with a bang and poor Bradley had to get up and put it together again.

We packed up early next morning, left the trailer at the campsite and drove into Aspen to catch a bus up into the National Park where we had decided to make a final hike in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area before returning home. However, it was raining and we felt grotty enough having not had a shower the night before that we couldn’t face being wet as well so we caught the next bus back. We then retrieved our trailer, didn’t set eyes on the bear and headed for Highlands Ranch were we arrived mid afternoon.



Hike to Maroon Bells

Hike to Maroon Bells

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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