It was me, nature and my thoughts. Nature gave the inspiration I needed to strengthen myself in every aspect. My legs took me as far as I wanted, my spirit pointed the path I should take, my mind was cleaning every piece of trash left in it and my hearth was beeping with joy of feeling that I am coming back to life and now stronger than ever. .
Thanks to @limelighthotel for taking me everywhere I needed to go and guiding me all the time. .
3:30 AM. I am not a morning person, but that’s the time the alarm goes off this morning. Then, we scramble to stuff things in bags. We step outside and the stars are still alive. I can see layers into the universe.
Next, we’re in the car on the road to Maroon Bells, where we were turned away a day before in the dark. Two bright eyes of a deer pop up along the side of the road. Birds — or bats? — smash through the night air. We find a parking spot, finally. And then, we wait.
We wait until the sun comes up over the peaks, peaks that are so famous, a couple from Australia I met yesterday has been coming to see them for the last 30 years. “Once you find paradise, you want to keep returning to it,” the man told me — his subtle accent, his lighthearted smile.
We hike before anyone else hits the trails. The leaves take on so many shapes. Teardrops and tongues and lucky clovers. Yellows that look orange and oranges that wear green jackets. The palette climbs up the mountains. It is beyond moving to see what nature is capable of while most of the world is still sleeping.
This was my third time trying to go to Maroon Bells, and today, it was a success. I am in a moment of life where I am realizing that the things you work hard for are often the most delicious ones to achieve.
I FEEL LIKE A FAIRY QUEEN
Thanks for Director Ed Berkeley, coach Chuck Prestinari Maestro Robert Spano and Aspen Conducting Academy.
Also for my conductor: Nicholas Sharma
Video credit to: Jordan Swett
My parents said Chewie, let’s go for a hike, it will be fun, and don’t worry, it will be easy! They lied to me, so I made my mom carry me a lot of the way! In this first picture I’m going the wrong way, they wanted to go up......me, not so much!🐶 #ChewieTheHikingPuppy#ILoveAspen#ShihTzusOfInstagram#Aspen
I LOVE fresh powder!!! Scientists predict that due to climate change 3/4 of the terrain in Aspen Mountain will not be skiable by 2100. The outdoor industry, including winter sports, generates more in consumer spending than the fossil fuel industry. This is coconuts!!! BUT WE CAN STOP THIS! Check out @aspensnowmass@aspenco@limelighthotel#giveaflake campaign and join the movement to reduce your fossil fuel emissions! #protectourwinters 📷 @photografergg
I was born on the floor of a log cabin high in the Rocky Mountains in a snowstorm. My parents are legendary skiers and my papa even started the first x-country ski school in Aspen before I was born. They raised a skier and got a surfer 😂❄️🏄♀️ BUT no matter where I travel in the world, a piece of my heart stays in Colorado and this is why I’m excited to be working with @visitcolorado@aspenco@aspensnowmass to protect winter wonderlands for our future generations to frolic in! Any small action you can do to reduce fossil fuel emissions ensure snow to play in and water to drink! #giveaflake#leavenotrace .
PS: do you guys think I should find my parents old ski outfits and bring them back into style? Especially that hat! 😂👌
Growing up in Hawaii I was a hula dancer. The first dances I learned at about age 3 was “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” We would dance our hearts out under the coconut trees with funny red noses and at the end throw up white plumeria flower leis and close our eyes as the petals fell around us pretending they were winter snowflakes! 🌸❄️ .
This week I got to live in a real life snow globe and catch actual snowflakes on my tongue! .
😰⛄️If we do not reduce fossil fuel emissions into our atmosphere snowflakes will no longer fall - thus I’m thankful to @aspenco@aspensnowmass for re-inspiring my inner child AND initiating the #giveaflake campaign to protect our winters!! Now for our last cozy night at the classic @mollygibsonlodge .
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LEGEND SAYS....”Ute Indians were the original settlers of the valley where Aspen resides. The Utes considered the valley sacred because of the powerful mountains, the intersecting river forces as well as the natural beauty and spirit. Legend has it that the Utes put a curse on the white man when he took over the town during the silver mining boom of the late 1800s. If the miners wanted the Ute’s land so badly, then they were cursed to never be able to leave the land - and if they did they would always return. Sleeping in the shadow of Mount Sopris, one would fall prey to the curse of the Utes.”
The curse must be true because I never want to leave! ❄️ @aspenco@aspensnowmass .