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NaBloPoMo – Day 8 – Introducing Independence Pass On The Continental Divide

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In July of 2019 my son and his wife went hiking for their wedding anniversary in a treacherous area of the mountains called the Maroon Bells. The town of Aspen and the ski resort of the same name attracts a lot of the Hollyweird leftist liberal types who want to ski and smoke marijuana. It’s impossibly expensive there but it is where the Maroon Bells welcome area is. They did the hike before Ben started his blog. If the idea of snow and ice making something treacherous and difficult, even impassible in the middle of July (which is summer here in the Northern Hemisphere) strikes you as odd then you maybe haven’t been to the mountains. They made it pretty far but needed extremely specialized equipment to go where they wanted because the ice was too treacherous. I can’t really tell the story about the hike but the drive up there and back was really neat and is my story to tell. The part of the trip that was our responsibility was to transport them there and after a few days go a get them so they wouldn’t have to pay some ridiculous parking fee and possibly still have their car broken into for nothing. This was a drive we’ve never taken so my wife and I went and enjoyed ourselves.

I had planned to write this post some time ago but it is very heavy with pictures I took but they are fairly large files and I have to “dumb them down” before they will be reasonable to use and even then I have to select which ones to keep. I had originally thought to make one big post but it just didn’t work out. So there will be three or four more posts following this one. You can cheat and peek ahead by asking Google Maps (or whatever map program you use) to show you Highway 82/Independence Pass in Colorado, USA.

The area they were going to was toward the top of the right-hand mountain of the twin peaks in the picture below and then around the mountain.


31 responses to “NaBloPoMo – Day 8 – Introducing Independence Pass On The Continental Divide”

  1. Bruce Goodman Avatar

    I look forward to spectacular scenery Herb.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I hope I don’t disappoint but I don’t think I will.

  2. Geoff Stamper Avatar

    I would love to hike the non treacherous part to get a view of treacherous part.

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s the best way to do it, for sure.

  3. swabby429 Avatar

    I’ve only driven through that area. I should make another trip and observe it more closely.

    1. Herb Avatar

      It’s a beautiful drive. It’s closed from Oct. – May.

  4. mattsnyder1970 Avatar

    So what’s the difference between a normal leftist liberal and a hollyweird one ? I remember seeing a post about that hike, and thought it was incredibly impressive.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Hollyweird ones think even more highly of themselves. They are certain that everyone worships and adores them. There are exceptions, but not a lot.

      1. mattsnyder1970 Avatar

        Ahh Gotcha

  5. kagould17 Avatar

    Looking forward to the other posts Herb. Have a great day. Allan

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks Allan.

  6. AJMcGregor Avatar

    Living in Calgary, our city has a view of the Rockies to the west. They are wonderful to see.

    1. Herb Avatar

      They are very beautiful. I love waking up and looking at them every morning.

  7. haoyando Avatar

    Wow, it’s so beautiful. It’s even like triple peaks there.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Oh, there are plenty of peaks to see. Those two just kind of stoand out from the crowd.

      1. haoyando Avatar

        They are so beautiful and I imagine it will be even more beautiful when it is covered by more snow during the winter.

  8. Tony Laplume Avatar

    What might sound absurd to people who know how much I walk, I’ve never been on a hike. It does sound interesting, though, to consider going on one.

    1. Herb Avatar

      There are some differences but with all your walking you’d be better prepared than many.

  9. dumbestblogger Avatar

    Colorado is doggone gorgeous.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you. It really is. But we don’t have cheese curds or the Green Bay Packers.

      1. dumbestblogger Avatar

        I pity you.

        1. Herb Avatar

          It’s sad. We can order them at an exorbitant shipping rate otherwise if you find them in a store around here…Well, they just aren’t the same.

          1. dumbestblogger Avatar

            Nothing beats curds fresh out of the vat.

            1. Herb Avatar

              Oh man! That is soooooo true!

  10. Amber Avatar

    I love Colorado

    1. Herb Avatar

      Me too.

  11. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

    So beautiful I’m sure the hike was nice but the pictures are better
    It only stops hurting when I Laugh

    1. Herb Avatar

      At my age I find myself preferring pictures over actual hiking.

      1. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

        Me Too 😂🤣😂

  12. J P Avatar

    The photo is beautiful and I look forward to the tale. But if I had ever suggested to my Mre that we spend our anniversary hiking in icy mountains I would still be nursing the resulting wounds. 🙂

    1. Herb Avatar


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