The following day, we decided to drive up Aspen Mountain to play some frisbee golf. When we got to the top, the signs read “highest disc golf course in the world!”. At 11,200 feet, it was an awesome place to play some disc. The course had 18 holes which zig-zagged their way down & up the side of the mountain.

Aspen Mountain Disc Golf Course - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL
Aspen Mountain Disc Golf Course – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

We ended up playing about 1/2 of the course and then decided to walk over to The Sundeck to take a break.

Enjoying a Fat Tire & the view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain
Enjoying a Fat Tire & the view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain
The view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100
The view from The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

When we were finished, we took the jeep down the backside of the mountain towards Hunter Creek Rd. to get back into town.

Cruisin' down Aspen Mountain - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL
Cruisin’ down Aspen Mountain – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL

We eventually parted ways and Synthia and I decided to go up Independence Pass to check out the Lost Man Lake trail. The trail goes up to two lakes, Independence and Lost Man, which are near the top of the continental divide. We started at the Roaring Fork Trailhead and once we walked in about 1000 feet, it was like we had stepped into another part of the world. Dense, lush, spongy landscape rich with wildflowers and moss covered rocks. Just beautiful …

This was one of many moments on this trip, in which I was really glad we brought our boxer with us. Seeing her run up and down the trail, prancing around was a sight to see. She was so happy!

Maybelle on the Lost Man Trail - Impossible Project PX-70 COOL
Maybelle on the Lost Man Trail – Impossible Project PX-70 COOL
Taking a break on Lost Man Trail - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100
Taking a break on Lost Man Trail – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100

While we were en route, we could see a few people alongside a ridge about another mile up the trail. That was our goal. I knew that over that distant ridge was either Lost Man Lake or at the very least, an amazing view. Once we got to Independence Lake, we knew that Lost Man was just over the ridge. We passed a hiker on the way up, and mentioned something about it being our first time on the trail. A broad smile appeared, and he assured us that the view the first time, was something we’d never forget … he was SO right. When we reached the top, I was completely wowed. All I could do was stumble around in awe, as I gawked at the wondrous display of nature that was before me. We stayed up there for a good 30-45 minutes, just soaking it in …

Synthia at Lost Man Lake - Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition
Synthia at Lost Man Lake – Impossible Project PX-70 NIGO Edition
Independence Lake - Aspen, CO - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100
Independence Lake – Aspen, CO – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100
Lost Man Lake - Independence Pass - Leica M2 - Voigtlander 15mm - Ektar 100
Lost Man Lake – Independence Pass – Leica M2 – Voigtlander 15mm – Ektar 100
Photo: Synthia Goode - Lost Man Trail - Independence Pass - Impossible Project PZ600
Photo: Synthia Goode – Lost Man Trail – Independence Pass – Impossible Project PZ600
Lost Man Trail - Independence Pass - Impossible Projct PX-70 COOL
Lost Man Trail – Independence Pass – Impossible Projct PX-70 COOL
Photo: Synthia Goode - Independence Lake - Aspen, CO - Spectra SE - Impossible Project PZ600
Photo: Synthia Goode – Independence Lake – Aspen, CO – Spectra SE – Impossible Project PZ600

It was nearing 7 o’clock and some storms started rolling in. We put on some parkas and made our way back down the trail. We were supposed to have dinner at Steakhouse 316 with Kristina and Kat at 9, so it was a good thing the impending storm nudged us along.

Dinner was scrumdiddlyumptious! If you’re ever in the Aspen area, you have got to go check this place out. Kat is the ridiculously talented executive chef at Steakhouse 316, and everything, I mean EVERYTHING she makes is fantastic. Hands down .. the things she has cooked has been some of the best food I’ve had in my life. The four of us enjoyed a delicious spread at the restaurant which included jumbo lump crab cakes and savory steaks, along with many highly delectable sides. By the time we finished our food, they were closing down so we walked back home to relax the rest of the evening …

Synthia: Relaxed? We actually went home to enjoy our 4th bottle of wine …

To be continued …

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