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Guanella Pass, Colorado

Dear Autumn,
Have I told you lately that I love you? 

It’s the crisp air, the colors of the leaves, the pumpkin patch, the color orange, layers and sweaters; and it’s finally being able to dig out my favorite pair(s) of boots in the back of the closet. It’s chili in the crock pot and fresh-made bread. And, living in Colorado, it means ASPEN HUNTING.

It’s the time of year that we plan (the best we can) the route to the high country to maximize our chance for viewing Nature’s brilliant show of color.

Destination: Guanella Pass in Arapaho National Forest, just west of Georgetown.

Photo by j. stunkard

In my dreams, I would live in a mountain cabin and this would be my driveway. The cabin would be nestled in an Aspen grove with a large clearing in front of the house with a small creek running through the clearing. The house would have a large front porch for sitting and watching the girls play at the creek. At night we would stargaze on the porch. A girl can dream…

Photo by j. stunkard

Photo by j. stunkard

Guanella Pass Summit. Elevation: 11,669 feet.

I got a little side tracked when we found the creeks/rivers. I am still learning my new Sony DSLR camera so the question became: Aperture  Priority or Shutter Speed? I experimented with both.

Photo by j. stunkard

Photo by j.stunkard

This is my 9-year-old daughter on the rock. Before we left the house she had a king-sized toddler-like fit…“I hate the mountains! I am not going!” she screamed, oh, and door slamming. I call her my mini-me but sometimes I look at her and think…she can’t be my kid! How could she say she “hates the mountains”? She’s really not a spoiled rotten brat, her blood sugar was low. She can get a little c-r-a-z-y when she needs to eat. I got her lunch before heading up and she was a perfect kid the rest of the day. She was the only one who actually wanted to explore the waterfalls with me. She went from hating to loving…her mood swings give me whiplash.

Photo by j.stunkard

Photo by j.stunkard

To get to Guanella Pass: Take I-70 to Georgetown. If you have time, stop at Georgetown lake first and take a stroll around. Once upon a time when my hubby was young he would ice race on this frozen lake in the winter with his Toyota truck. Head through Historic Downtown Georgetown following the signs up Guanella Pass.

The road is paved with several switchbacks but is easy to navigate. Bring your jacket because in Colorado, weather can change quickly, as it did today. We got sprinkled on at the summit and it was cold and windy. Once you reach the summit you can hike the trail to a summit of 14,264 elevation. That is if your lungs will allow it! Or, continue on to Grant or return to Georgetown. The road down to Grant is not paved. Let’s say that a washboard is smoother, but that is where you always find the best scenery.

One more picture for you…Trust me, the Aspen were actually brighter than this photo!

Photo by j.stunkard

9 comments on “Guanella Pass, Colorado

  1. Les
    June 28, 2015

    That’s just beautiful with those colorful Aspen trees. I will follow your blog.

    • J.Stunkard
      June 28, 2015

      Thank you, Les! I love living in Colorado because of the beautiful Aspen.

  2. admin
    October 28, 2011

    I love your photos and reading about your impressions and experiences. I’ve been to Colorado, so seeing your photos remind me of some of my own impressions. And the experience with your daughter – so familiar to me with my own (now 22-year-old) daughter! You are right – sometimes they just need to eat something and it’s like they become a totally different person. 😉

    • stunkard
      October 28, 2011

      Thanks so much! Timing is everything with kids!!!

  3. Kathleen Brimer
    October 3, 2011

    OHHHHHH I would sooo love to come up about NOW….mostly to visit with you guys!!!!!! those are some fabulous scenes.

    • stunkard
      October 4, 2011

      I know…you and Dad should come out!

  4. Corey Frye
    October 2, 2011

    Love the first picture of this post! It doesn’t get any better than that. Makes me miss the Autumns in Maine I grew up with.

    • stunkard
      October 3, 2011

      And the pictures don’t even do the colors justice!

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