If you have been following my adventures, you know me and my family got a camper a couple of years ago .
We’ve been enjoying exploring and adventuring ever since! My family purchased our camper, but that wasn’t always the case.
When we were living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, we planned to trip to the Maroon Bells, located near Aspen. They have the reputation for being the most photographed peaks in Colorado, as they should be! The Maroon Bells are part of the White River National Forest, which means they are dog friendly. Woof! My kind just needs to remain on a leash.
Anyway, my family and I opted to rent a camper trailer since we would have quite a drive (116 miles southwest of Denver). To get there, head to Aspen. Once in Aspen, look for airport signs. You will see the Aspen airport on your right. Keep following the road and cross the bridge over Maroon Creek. Just beyond Maroon Creek, you’ll reach a roundabout. Enter it carefully and follow the sign for Maroon Creek road. If you see the church tower, you’ll know you’re going the right direction. From here, just keep following the road until you reach the pay station. After that, just follow the road until it ends at the parking lot. Your humans will need to pay $10 to enter. Camping fees are separate and can be booked on line. We stayed at the Chapman Campground.
We arrived on a most glorious spring day. The flowers were blooming, and the peaks still had snow. We settled into our camp. My humans cooked us up a nice meal. As the sun started going down after dinner, the wild called for me. I don’t have to explain this to my fellow dogs. Sometimes, you just have to run. I bolted out of the camper and took off like I was on fire. I was free with no leash! The scents were exhilarating! I smelled things I had no idea what they were. I vaguely recall hearing my humans call my name, but it was too late. I was going full-on Shiba! I ran and ran, hardly stopping to leave a message here and there. My daddy was hoofing it behind me, but he was no match for me. Ha! He may have thumbs, but I have four legs don’t you know! I reckon I got about two miles outside of our camp before I needed to catch my breath. I was on the scent of some curious creature when my daddy nabbed me. Drats! Spoiled again. Back to camp we went. When I saw my mommy’s face, I actually felt a little bad. She was deathly worried about my safety. She mentioned words like bears, coyotes, and moose. Maybe that is what I smelled!
The evening got quite chilly. We all snuggled close in the sleeping bags. But by morning, the temps were just perfect for a grand hike. And hike we did! We started off with the scenic trail first, which is a three-mile loop. My humans took all sorts of pictures. We saw moose drinking out of the lake, lots of birds, marmots, and a fox. We then decided to head on up to the Crater Lake for an additional 3.5 mile up. This meant gaining some serious elevation, so if you attempt this hike, be sure everyone in your party is acclimated and in good condition. The Maroon Bells are 14,000 feet tall.
The terrain was steep and rocky. No problem for a mountain dog like me! Little dogs would definitely have a challenge, but I’m a big boy—30 pounds! We had a very wet year, so the aspen forests were incredibly lush and green. It was so colorful it almost hurt your eyes! In between these brilliant forests were meadows filled with wild flowers. It was here we saw the delicate Colorado state flower, the Columbine. The higher up we got, the more amazing the Maroon Bells looked.
We hooked up to the Crater Lake Trail, and at the top was a very refreshing lake. By this point, we had put nearly eight miles in. I needed to cool off and relax. My humans were looking a little weary, too. We all got mesmerized by the beauty of the area. Thankfully, you can take a bus back down. Depending on the time of day, they run every twenty minutes or so. When you see the bus, be sure to flag down the driver. They don’t stop unless you let them know you need a ride! We definitely needed to give our feet a rest. What a day we had – awoof!
Back at camp, I did not bolt. If the wild called, I did not hear it. I was too busy snoring! I was one tired pup. As I slept, I was able to relive our exciting adventure in the comfort of the camper. Life is good, and you don’t have to purchase a camper to enjoy nature. You can rent them. The kind folks at RV Rentals Scout put together a comprehensive article on what to consider/costs when renting along with some does and don’ts for camping. You can read their article here: https://rvrentalscout.com/cost-to-rent-an-rv/
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!