A Road Trip to Aspen + Impossible Project + Leica M2 & 15mm – Part:2/4

July 12, 2012 § 4 Comments

The next morning, Kristina & Synthia went to breakfast while Kat went to do some prep-work at the restaurant.  I took the jeep out and cruised up to The Grottos to check out the ice cave.   When we visited last year in June, the entrance was blocked with ice and there wasn’t a path.  I was anxious to see if there was a clear route through the ice this time around.  Luckily, there was and I made my way down and crawled inside …

The Grottos - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

The Grottos - Ice Caves - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

The Grottos – Ice Caves – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

The Grottos - Ice Caves - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Ice Caves – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Later on that day, I found some info on this cave in Hiking Colorado’s Geology ebook online.  “The Grottos formed when the Roaring Fork River was swollen with meltwater from receding Ice Age glaciers about 15,000 years ago. The meltwater coursed over the granitic bedrock carrying rocks and other debris that sculpted the cavern’s walls through abrasive action.  Today, the river has abandoned the channel through the Grottos, leaving behind a slot canyon with windows open to the sky. Unlike most caverns, which are created where limestone is dissolved by water, the Grottos are carved in solid Precambrian granitic rock (1.4 billion-year-old quartz monzonite).”

Once I was done chillin’ in the ice cave, I walked around for a bit and eventually sat down at this bench to watch the cascades …

The Grottos - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

The Grottos – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

I made my way back down the mountain and met up with Kristina & Synthia at Victoria’s coffee shop.   By the time I downed the best Cafe Mocha I’ve had in my life .. literally, Kat had cruised up on her bike.  Maybe it was the coffee, but I was antsy to get back out there and ‘do something’ but Kristina & Synthia were content just hanging out sippin’ on their wine (I can’t particularly blame them now can I?).  Something about hiking the Ute Trail was mentioned, and both Kat and I decided that was a good idea.

We brought the dogs with us, Diego & Maybelle, and made our way to the trailhead.   Kristina & Kat had both warned me that this hike was BRUTAL … I had no idea.   It was literally like being on a stair-master for almost an hour .. intense.   The hike is about a mile up and you gain 1,300 feet of elevation during the hike.

Hiking The Yute Trail - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Hiking The Yute Trail – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

The whole way up, we were both huffin’ and puffin’, but as we passed people who were hiking down, they all said the view was completely worth it.   Kat mentioned, that there are people that have lived their whole life in Aspen and have never made it to the top.    A shame, considering the stunning view that awaits its victors …

On top of The Yute - Aspen, CO - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

On top of The Ute – Aspen, CO – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Submission for Impossible's Vacation Contest - PX-70 COOL

Picture proof that we made it! – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

Top of the Yute Trail - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

Top of the Ute Trail – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Unfortunately, it started to rain and Kat had to make it back into work.  We hauled booty back down the ever-increasing slippery trail, but by the time we got back to the jeep, the rain was letting up.

Once we got back to the casa, Synthia had made a picnic dinner for the two of us and wanted to go lay out somewhere to enjoy the scenery .. uhh Ya! 🙂

I wanted to show her the ice cave, so we drove back to The Grottos and made our way up to this great little nook at the top of the cascades.   It was away from the traffic of most of the visitors and to be honest, we saw maybe 10 people in the 3 hours that we were there.

Synthia @ The Grottos - Leica M2 - 15mm Voigtlander - Ektar 100

Synthia @ The Grottos – Leica M2 – 15mm Voigtlander – Ektar 100

Photo: Synthia Goode - The Grottos - Spectra SE - Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Photo: Synthia Goode – The Grottos – Spectra SE – Impossible Project Black Frame PZ600

Hanging out @ The Grottos - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100

Hanging out @ The Grottos – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

My Beautiful Wife @ The Grottos - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

My Beautiful Wife @ The Grottos – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

When we got back, I ‘pulled the old man card’ and relaxed the rest of the evening.  I had to get a jump start on writing about our trip 🙂  Synthia eventually met up with K&K when they got off work, and the ladies came giggling back after the bars closed.

To be continued …

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