We decided to take the route that would include driving over the Independence Pass. I am sad to say there were no pictures of the pass because there were moments where I just could not look because my palms were sweating. Guard rails were absent and the drop offs were steep. Wow, and I was not even the one driving.
On the way to Independence Pass, we did stop off in a Jackson family favorite, Leadville, for lattes and pastries. I just love Leadville and not just because of the Leadville 100. I think the mountains look the prettiest from Leadville.
Some of the views from the car.
We arrived in Aspen and thought it was a beautiful city and that it was much bigger than we had expected. We wandered around a bit and found a place to stop off for a drink and an appetizer.
Us girls enjoying Assspen
One of the streets in Aspen with outside seating options
We left Aspen to make our way to Basalt where our friend Chris recently moved to. We planned meeting him at a local brewery but detoured and drove around Snowmass. Wow, I now know why my friend Izzy likes to stay in Snowmass. It was beautiful!
Before meeting up with Chris, we stopped off on the Rio Grande trail to take Miss Kya for a walk. We walked about three miles and then felt a little better about her waiting in the car while her mom and dad ate on Main Street of Basalt.
Enjoying the beautiful weather in Basalt
We eventually arrived at Capitol Creek Brewery and got to enjoy a few drinks with Chris and Shelly before making the long and I mean long drive back to Frisco.
We spent the rest of the cold night walking around Frisco and stopping off at Prost for a German bier before calling it an early night.
We woke up the next morning, grabbed a latte, and hit the road to come home to Kansas City.
We had a great trip and enjoyed getting to see the Aspens! I am not sure that we could have timed our trip any better in order to do so. We love our time away with Kya and treasure these experiences with her.
Next up, Kya gets to go to Arkansas!