We traveled over Kebler Pass, just beyond Crested Butte Colorado, to Basalt, Colorado, a small neighboring town to Aspen, where my daughter was playing her last softball game of the season. The aspen trees are at their height of color and the first snow had already fallen, leaving three or more inches behind, destined to stick around for the remainder of the season.
As the clouds burned off, the sun poked through to bathe the snowy peaks in a wash of light.
This mama and her little one surprised us on the side of the road. Saturday was the first day of rifle hunting season. I sent them mental telepathy messages to go back into the magic woods and hide.
With Thanksgiving so close, I sure hope these feathered fellows stay near that "Posted: No Hunting" sign. We saw almost 100 fat, wild turkeys.
This mountain home, hanging out in the fall foliage splendor on McClure Pass, looks like the perfect writing retreat, don't you think?
These are the coke ovens in Redstone, Colorado. They are called beehive ovens, because of their shape. There aren't many left standing, but these have been carefully preserved and some restored. During restoration, a few artifacts, like a pickaxe, were found inside them. The black on top is hardened earth. Mining in this area was at its heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
This is the Redstone General Store. After the mining collapsed in 1909, the town tried to take on a new resort personality. It was a struggle. By 1945, there were only 14 residents. At the end of the town stands a beautiful chalet type structure built by John Cleveland Osgood,coal king in 1902, as an inn for his bachelor miners. Today, the gorgeous scenery attracts people to the town's lovely location along Crystal River. The main street is home to quaint stores, restaurants, museums and galleries, and the hotel, now the Redstone Inn, is open for business.
The Redstone Castle, also built by John Cleveland Osgood in 1897, is hidden up on a hill and has hosted such esteemed guests as John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Teddy Roosevelt. In 2006, it was the setting for the movie The Prestige, starring Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson.
Of course, I couldn't leave you without pictures of the sea of golden aspens and the majestic mountains.What a truly inspiring and glorious drive!