Eyes of Aspen

A change of scenery is always good for the soul, and this view should’ve had my spirit singing: Atop a rocky outcrop on a pristine green mountain, I beheld a kaleidoscopic carpet of wildflowers cascading down a meadow, the town of Aspen, CO twinkling in the early morning sun below. Thanks to the westward time change, my body clock had awoken me before dawn, and instead of drinking an eleventh cup of tea I threw on my hiking shoes and clambered straight up the closest mountain to

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