Gorgeous October weather. Perfect weekend for a getaway to Aspen. We visited a little place called Ashcroft, which is a mining ghost town. 
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5We visited the John Denver Sanctuary, an absolutely beautiful garden full of songs and beautiful quotes. Crazy thing is, I looked at the stone where his birth and death dates were written, and realized we were there on the same date he had died–October 12.

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Even though the national parks were technically closed (no one at the entrance) due to the government shutdown, the gate was open and we were lucky to be able to see Maroon Bells, among other sites. Spectacular place.9

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Ben having fun with the little guy.15

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Independence Pass (Continental Divide); the view was astonishing and the temperature rather cold.18

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