When Kurt was growing up, he dabbled a bit in art. In fact, he recalls that his greatest accomplishment in the third grade was learning to draw Snoopy.
In junior high, his focus shifted from cartoon characters to landscapes. When asked to paint a picture for his grandmother, he choose to duplicate a magazine photo of a lake surrounded by mountains. He didn’t really pay attention to its name or location, completing the task at hand, and making his grandma happy was the goal.
Needless to say, Grandma was tickled to receive this handmade, unique gift, which she proudly hung on her living room wall for everyone to see.
He had long put his paintbrushes away, but the memory of that photo remained with him. One day a few years ago, while surfing the internet, he came across a photo similar to the painting. “That’s it!”
And so, after a few hours of research, he asked me, “Do you want to go to Aspen, Colorado?”
How could I say no to that?
Curious about hiking trails and attractions near Aspen, I went to my favorite travel website, Tripadvisor. “Hey Kurt, the number one attraction on Tripadvisor is this place called Maroon Bells. Apparently it’s really pretty there.”
“Yes I know; that’s why we are going.” And then he proceeded to tell me the story.
Thought to be Colorado’s most often photographed mountain scene, it is absolutely breathtaking. Most folks say that photos don’t do it justice, and I would have to agree. However, I am very grateful to that photographer who, long ago, decided to spend time capturing Maroon Bells. He definitely left an impression on my husband, which, in turn, led to a wonderful adventure in the Rockies!