> A Ghost Town and a Hike

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Road trips are great. And it’s easy to find some awesome places around Colorado without traveling too far. This weekend was proof that sometimes it is worth pulling off to see what that “Point of Interest” sign is all about. Exploring the remains of Independence, CO circa 1879 is by far one of the coolest side trips we discovered. So many questions, so much wonder created by this once thriving site. And, of course, some awesome images, too!

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After a couple more stops along the road we made it to the Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Springs. I gladly welcomed the motivation from strangers on the way up as they were coming back down: “You’re almost there” and “It’s worth it!!” A rough hike up, but it truly was worth it, and then some. Beautiful turquoise water, gorgeous afternoon light in the canyon, not to mention that small sense of accomplishment for simply placing one foot in front of the other and climbing up the pile of rocks!

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Here’s to the next adventure!

 

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