Day 3, 4

radiosilence95's picture

Day three of my vacation began with a drive to the secluded mining town of Ashcroft, which was once booming in the 1870's thanks to a short supply of silver. The town went bust as quickly as it blossomed and all that remains are a few hollowed-out cabins storing artifacts like saddles, spoons, bottles, and the like. Branching out of Ashcroft's skeleton are several hiking trails. We picked one and followed it for an hour, marveling at the murmuring streams and the ashy white aspens, the overpopulation of adorable ground squirrels and the clearings dotted with wildflowers.

Eventually our trail led us to a restaurant nestled against the base of the mountain. Extremely overpriced (I'm assuming the view was included in the bill) and an underwhelming menu, but we were famished. After our meal we took the exhausting trek back to Ashcroft and headed back to Aspen.

A friendly employee of the inn we stayed at suggested that we visited a popular area called The Grotto, and it did not disappoint. The trail was more forested than the one by Ashcroft, and there was even more to gawk at. I lost my sunglasses to the small cliffs, but that's okay. The best part of the trail is at the baby waterfall, where you can relax and watch the water tumble over the rocks in a roaring frenzy of teal and white.

Later in the day, after returning to downtown Aspen for more shopping, we headed to Maroon Bells, the most scenic part of the mountains. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the legendary reflection due to the overcast skies. There are more trails around there as well, but they are rocky and more physically draining. We traveled up one but gave up as the sun began to set.

Our time in Aspen concluded with a gondola ride up the mountain. The peak provided yet another breathtaking view. Afterwards we said goodbye to what is undeniably one of the most beautiful spots in the country and headed for Breckenridge, which is where I type this. First we checked out the town, which is a lot like Aspen in its old-style shopping area. I spent the remainder of my money on more souvenirs. The shopping is better here; the crowds are less congested and the stores are more affordable. Once our shopping was over we ate at a nice restaurant with fair prices and wonderful food.

Our hotel room is nice, but not as homy as the one in Aspen. Tomorrow consists of rafting, though we have to drive an extra hour because the water levels here are too low thanks to the drought, and more hiking. Tuesday's plan is horseback riding, summer dog sledding, and maybe a train ride through the mountains. I'm starting to get a little bit homesick, but not too badly.

On a completely random and insignificant note, I had a dream last night that I thought was pretty damn awesome. I dreamed about this girl who was probably five years older than me. She was super pretty and had bright blue hair and tattoos. We were just...talking. About what, I don't remember. I'm fairly certain we were dating. I woke up from that dream feeling super happy and I don't know why. It was very strange.


jeff's picture


Sounds like a fun time. Took me a second to realize how similar homy and horny look when typed out, heh.

"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (

radiosilence95's picture

It is the greatest vacation

It is the greatest vacation I've ever taken, really. All of my other family vacations have been somewhat of a hassle, and we're all snapping at each other because we're just exhausted, but this one isn't like that.

Ha. I never noticed that until you pointed that out.

Dracofangxxx's picture


Your trip sounds like so much fun... Tell me more about it when you get back! C: miss you, girl! <3
That's redick!

radiosilence95's picture

It is! I plan on rambling to

It is! I plan on rambling to you about it on and on and on when I'm back in Illinois, so get ready for that. Miss you too!

Quietwarrior's picture


sounds corny, but this sounds such a lovely adventure, i love trips like how you just described. Also i have been having some pretty awesome dreams at the moment, such as one of my fave straight male models ( models are like rockstars to me okay ha!) suddenly became gay, it was a good dream :)

radiosilence95's picture

I've never been much of a

I've never been much of a traveler, but this is perfect. My dreams have been pretty awesome lately too. When I can remember dreaming there are never any nightmares, so that's good. Your dream sounds fantastic. The worst part of awesome dreams is waking up and realizing it wasn't real :P