Jonathan’s college friend, Carolyn, and her boyfriend, Nate, invited us out to ski with them and their friends in Vail for Martin Luther King weekend. We spent two days at Vail and checked out Beaver Creek for a day – definitely a fun couple of days. We rented a pretty awesome house and got in some good skiing and had good times with new friends!
On our way to Vail, we made a few more stops at a couple new resorts - Telluride and Aspen. Telluride was a really cute small ski town with one main road with shops and restaurants, surrounded by beautiful, snowy peaks. We found ourselves at the same Mexican restaurant called Esperanza’s two nights in a row – they honestly had some of the best carne asada we’ve tasted.
Aspen was our next stop and we stayed at a little apartment tucked away in the Snowmass area. We were really impressed with the yummy food we had both nights – recommended by a friend of a friend. Hops Culture and The White House Tavern are definite must-do’s!
We did a lot of driving again today as we headed out to Mesa Verde and down thru Monument Valley to spend the night at Canyon de Chelly (pronounced "shay" not "shelly"). Mesa Verde has some of the largest Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins around. Pretty impressive. From a distance, it reminded me of the scene in Zoolander with the Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good that’s made for ants, because from a distance that’s exactly what these cliff dwellings look like. But up close…they really are incredible, these people labored intensely to build these villages and communities over a thousand years ago.