Over the weekend we went camping near Aspen at Difficult Campground. I was so excited to get out with no cell service and just enjoy being in nature. We headed out Friday afternoon with one of our friends and at first I thought this trip was going to be a mistake! It rained all afternoon and evening on Friday so it was wet and cold. Also, about one hour before we arrived at the campsite I realized we didn’t pack our tent! I was so excited to try our new Marmot 2 person tent that I had just got 2 weeks ago and I freaking forgot it! Both of us were up at 5:30 am that day packing and my husband loaded up all the sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking poles, and chairs into the trunk and then left for work. I continued packing our bags, food, cooler, supplies etc. so in my mind I lumped the tent in with all the other equipment my husband packed and assumed it was already in the trunk. In the car after we were 2 hours into our 3 hour drive we were talking about how we were going to set up and I had that sinking feeling and looked at my husband and asked “wait did you pack the tent because I didn’t?” “Ummm no I thought you were”. F#@&!!! We weren’t going to turn around especially because it was raining so much and because basically this:
We literally had packed everything but the tent! We both just started cracking up and decided to just go with the flow….we had our car so that was going to be our tent! Friday night was brutal with the rain and cold. We got to the campsite around 6 pm and it took us 3 hours to get a fire going because everything was so wet. And it rained all night. Sleeping in the car that night actually wasn’t too bad….we reclined the seats all the way back and weren’t on the damp ground. And our mummy sleeping bags kept us toasty and warm. Saturday morning we woke up to sun and clear skies. It was absolutely beautiful and perfect and I was like:
We took advantage of the weather and got our hiking in. We first walked some of the Difficult Trail at our campground.
Then we drove into Aspen to head to the Maroon Bells, which was the biggest reason I wanted to go. And it was amazing….seriously there is no way you would take a bad picture there it was beyond stunning!
We then did the Crater Lake Trail which is about a 3.6 mile round trip trek up to the base of the Maroon Bells. It has a 500 ft elevation gain, you start at 9,580 ft and end up at 10,076. There are some steep and very rocky parts so it kicked my butt towards the end. Seeing the lake and being so close to the Bells made it worth it. We took a short break and then headed back down. Overall it took us about 2.5 hours to do the whole thing.
Saturday night was a lot better at the campsite. It was dry! We cooked up our tofu pups and tofurkey sausages and had some marshmallows, tons of beer, cigars, and good conservation under the stars! After hiking around 6 miles that day we were beyond ready to relax.
That would be Josh’s tent
And that red chevy up there was our tent!
Nothing like charring tofu pups on the fire!
On Sunday morning before we left we went to check out the ice caves on Grottos Trail. There is no ice in summer obviously, but we still weren’t able to climb down into it because it was filled with water.
It was beautiful and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat….even without a tent!