Guest blog by Teresa Wagner
What a great day we had starting with a workout at the Grand Hyatt Aspen where my brother also owns a time share. We then, went to lunch at the Red Onion which was a down-to-earth sports-type bar with tables in the back for a more family type atmosphere. The Red Onion was born at the height of the silver boom in 1892 when Tom Latta built the two-story structure on Cooper Avenue. The saloon’s business came from men interested in sports of the day. Prize fighting, wrestling & cycling. Local legend has it that the upstairs operated as a brothel. At the time it was a standalone building and one of the three places in Aspen to get a meal. Casey had the Mediterranean Steak Salad and I had the Sedona Chicken Sandwich which was spicy and delightful especially with their spicy fries. Next, we shopped around a bit and had ice cream at the Paradise Bakery. We then spectated a few runs of World Cup Skiing which happened to be taking place while we were in town. By that time, we were pretty exhausted from the walking and the altitude so took a brief nap until dinner time. We dined at L’ Hostaria where Casey and I shared some exquisite Bruschetta and Homemade Spinach Pasta with Meat Sauce which was wonderful as well. From there, we caught the Cowboy Mouth concert on the Gondola Plaza and Fireworks after from the top of the Grand Hyatt with our new friend, Captain John. We met a lovely couple from Florida who told us stories of their world travels and were so gracious to take us into their suite to watch the fireworks. One thing is for sure, Casey has never met a stranger. After the activities of the night, we were again exhausted and headed back to Le Mazot for bed.