Whenever I travel somewhere new, I usually prioritize things to do based off of a combination of google searches that have the potential to lead me to an interesting experience and recommendations from friends whose style I admire. Two weeks ago, travel took me to Colorado and I spent the week exploring Aspen and Boulder and rediscovering Denver.
While I did not have time to do comprehensive research beforehand, I knew I’d want to 1) do a hike with views of the city; 2) check out the city’s Contemporary Art Museum; and 3) and wander around the Aspen Institute’s namesake campus.
My first stop was the Aspen Art Museum where I re-encountered the work of Wade Guyton, a young American post-conceptual artist. I was introduced to his work last fall at MAMCO in Geneva (which also happens to be the site of a particularly horrifying/spectacular ant (installation) invasion on the ceiling of the women’s bathroom). In Aspen, Guyton was featured alongside two Swiss, Fischli/Weiss.
My wandering took me past a miniature make-believe hobbit house, as well as into The Great Republic, a pop-up store based out of my hometown, Washington, D.C. Using the newly discovered app All Trails, I decided on Sunnyside Trail, an 11.2 mile out and back trail rated “hard”. I parked the Zipcar alongside Meadows Road, and walked by Aspen Meadows, a resort designed by the Austrian architect Herbert Bayer in 1950.
In total, we hiked 8 miles and had great views of Aspen through aspens. I also enjoyed familiarizing myself with the role philanthropists Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke played in establishing the Aspen Institute and in turning the former mining town into the place to ski and be seen.