|Mt Crested Butte|
|They are good at balance beam tricks though|
But in spite of that, we had a relatively easy drive. Crested Butte is like many other CO mountain towns - beautiful and outrageously expensive to live in. For example, just for fun we looked up the price of an 1800 sq ft log cabin (adorable, btw) on 0.1 acres in the town. Asking price? 1.1 million. Yowza. And the only jobs are industry - hotel, skiing, restaurants so I guess only fabulously wealthy people can really afford to buy houses here. For tourists though, it isn't terrible. And fall is considered the off season even though this is prime leaf viewing season. This is my first time here and after 5 years of living in CO and quite a bit of world travel, this place is still pretty spectacularly impressive.
|These aspen aren't even close to peaking yet.|
Then we went over to a place called Horse Park Ranch and hiked amongst the changing aspen. Lord of the Rings geek that I am, I kept imaging I was wandering the woods of Lothlorien.
|Maya and I climb a fallen tree for no other reason that because it is there|
|Maya likes to help plan hikes. Probably why we get lost.|
|Jasper has other priorities|
|I even have an elven name chosen, Nimloth. Which way to Middle Earth?|
This place will be even more beautiful in another week, but we can't really complain. Dogs are tired: Jasper is upside down and unconscious and Maya is looking at me with the sad face that says "what is this "tired" sensation and why am I feeling it"? Hopefully can get another short hike in tomorrow before heading back to reality and a horse that (pleasepleaseplease) is on the mend.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!