Supporting Autism Awareness

I love having fun times with friends while able to support awareness groups at the same time! That’s what Sunday night was for me. It was a time to reflect and be informed about children and adults on the Autism spectrum. Sometimes I don’t think we stop to understand what these spectacular humans go through day by day. Raising awareness in order to support those who need it is an important way to contribute. I drew so much inspiration from Julie Manning, who (as I said on my post) poured her heart, soul, and every fiber in her body to help people with autism. I cannot thank Ascendigo enough for everything they do in order to help and be active in a society such as today. It’s during times like these that we need that light to shine for the world and Ascendigo has. You can give here and become an active contributor as well!

Allow me to share a little about all Ascendigo does. Ascendigo Autism Services is a nonprofit organization based in Aspen, Colorado. Gosh, just another reason I love my city! They offer a summer camp and other services in order to support those with Autism in the world today. They have quite a few programs they offer as ways to engage with the community. Their three core programs include: Adventures, Life Enrichment, and Outreach. Their outreaches aren’t events done in just the winter or summer. They can occur during every season. Ascendigo has these adventures beginning in September that include biking, swimming, hiking, lake sports, pumpkin patch, hay rides, and much more! I just think it’s so neat, how much this organization does for these amazing humans. Check them out on Facebook too!

A review written by a family member of someone with autism:

I am so excited to announce that last year we sent my nephew Michael to this most amazing camp for people with autism last year called “Ascendigo” in Colorado, for his continuous accomplishments on holding a 4.0 GPA and winning the Special Olympics in his hometown, “now 3 years in a row”! They called us and asked that he come back as a volunteer to teach others and be apart of their program. He made such an impression!! If all goes well this year, he is invited back next year as an employee at this spectacular camp! I am so proud of him and I hope he realizes what a true gem he is to his family and everyone around him! Yay Michael!!!!

Skiing Up For Vote and Competition

Let me bring your attention to a vote! I really do plan on living in Aspen for the rest of my life. I believe with utmost certainty that if we’re not growing, we’re falling behind. Aspen is the most amazing ski town in our country, so let’s continue to prove why we are so incredibly special! March 5th is the big day to vote for Lift 1. Future generations will be grateful if you vote yes! It is a once in a generation project that brings Lift 1 closer to downtown, a new public plaza, new parks, and open space for the community, a museum of Aspen ski history, and preservation of iconic buildings. Let’s have a conversation! 25 days left to vote.

You can register to vote online (www.govotecolorado.com; www.pitkincounty.com)or by submitting an application to the Pitkin County clerk’s office through mail or in person. With your vote as a registered voter in the right county, we would be able to host the World Cup along with other great events. This would ensure Aspen as a top resort in our country! Think of how much revenue and reward this could bring.

Speaking of skiing, my friend, Julianne Murphy, and I were accepted to compete in the Bumble Powder 8 competition February 8! We are Team Haute Sauce. I am super excited to be with one of my close friends and do what I love! This thing could last 2 days in order to have some elimination, but the winners take home $10,000! Finals will be February 9th (fingers crossed) and will be live-streamed! Through sickness and in health, I’m practicing for this competition, putting in long hours of training. I really couldn’t do this without the support of JR!
Did I mention sickness? I have felt like dirt for a while and went in to visit Regen Aspen for some iVitamin Therapy. I highly recommend this! They put in all the vitamins that your immune system and body needs! I love that it is natural and isn’t an over the counter drug. Sometimes I get so sick of drugs to help you feel better. For those of you in a price frenzy, I have the link here. The natural way is usually the best way. Dr. Gail King is at least worth the Google. They offer more than just IV Therapy at Regen Aspen. Check it out! I’m back on my feet in the most natural and rejuvenated way!

The Traveling Type

Happy week! Wish I could say happy weekend to some of you, but every day is feeling pretty awesome these days. I like to think of myself as a traveller. I’m a go-getter. After my trip to LA, my boyfriend and I decided to take a vacation in the South. Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina are just a few of the places we’ve stopped in. Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant had their grand opening on October 5. This is a must stop! Don’t miss it if you’re driving through or planning on staying in Savannah. It’s a place made for couples.

Whether you’re rekindling or in love, stop in this dessert bar! From Barry White to Dean Martin, you won’t be able to get away from that lovin’ feelin’. To make a reservation, you can visit betterthansexdesserts.com or call (912)306-0309. Their address is 410 W. Broughton St. The restaurant is also in two other locations, but we just couldn’t miss this grand opening on Friday. Besides that, the city is absolutely gorgeous. Go down East River Street, visit Forsyth Park, or Savannah Historic District. The mansion in Forsyth Park is rich with history!

Johnryan’s childhood home was oceanfront in South Carolina. It was so perfect. There are just no words to describe the feeling. It brings you to another level of closeness. While in South Carolina, we visited the rooftop bar of Charleston. It was breathtaking. The Head Hilton is a place worth staying at while you’re down there! It is luxurious. Riding in the sunset on Hilton Head Island was a wonderful dream no one would want to wake up to. Waking up next to the ocean crashing next to you and the most important things in my life surround me, I don’t know how much more my heart could have handled. Chanel and Johnryan are my peoples. While there, visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. You can’t miss Fort Sumter or the Historic Charleston City Market either.  

The art of southern hospitality itself, Market Pavilion Hotel was divine. The service was great! At the Head Hilton, I can’t say a bad word about them. Our stays have been fulfilling, with no complaints here. Check out my Instagram stories to see more. I always post about my day. It could be little bits and pieces of a day or it could be a very big deal! You never know.

Hiking the Rio Grande (with tips!)

Today, we walked the Rio Grande Trail. Did you know that Colorado isn’t just all about snow? Please don’t misunderstand me. I absolutely love to ski, the snow=beauty! There is more to this beautiful state than just renting a place to ski in the wintertime. If you follow me on social media, you should know I love to hike. Whenever I can with Chanel, I love to walk, sweat it out, and…views! Can I just say that the view from Aspen Mountain is amazing? I had to stop and take a picture. It was just too incredible to pass up. The crazy thing is, I feel like I should every time I hike. How many people get to experience that where they live? The weather is beautiful, and the land and the skies are endless. At the end of the day, who wants to be bored when they work out? Not this one! Hiking is my fav. As long as I have Chanel with me and don’t mind the sweat, I encourage it. It is definitely a workout. If you keep watching my Instagram stories, it shouldn’t be a surprise that hiking (and maybe food) are perpetually taking over my life!

The Rio Grande Trail is 42 miles of continuous ground near Glenwood Springs, CO. I love being able to log what I’ve hiked. Having it recorded gives me a sense of accomplishment and responsibility because I’m the one who has to do it. According to many reviews, the Rio Grande Trail is rich with minerals and material that make it relatively easy to come down off of the trail and travel up the trail. I will say that the best way for me to travel up and down the mountain is by boot. I feel closer with the land doing so. I also want to add that I appreciate part of the trail being paved AND I’m loving that I don’t have to watch out of motorized vehicles. Yikes!

Let’s talk about etiquette for a minute. You may be asking why that matters. Etiquette is alive and well. You have etiquette in a neighborhood, you have etiquette as a guest somewhere, you have etiquette at the beach, and you have etiquette in public. Having etiquette gives off a positive vibe. Don’t shake that off. Keep it going, because positivity rubs off! I’ve learned living here, the right way! Here are a few:

  • Cyclists should be letting you know with noise when they are passing (This may have been learned the hard way).
  • Pick up your trash (Wouldn’t this be common sense?)
  • No motorized vehicles (Keep the peace!)
  • Pick up your pet’s waste! (This is one of the biggest pet peeves I have!)
  • Respect private property – stay on the trail at all times
  • All dogs must be on a leash (Let’s be honest here…)
  • Everyone must yield to equestrians (This makes me want to ride one on a trail!)
  • Camping, fires and hunting are definitely not allowed
  • The making of excessive or obnoxious noises isn’t allowed.

How many of us agree that some of these are common sense rules? The one I probably don’t follow very well is to keep Chanel on a leash. She’s just so good! Even so, just to know these may at least help some people!

Roaring Fork Club

Summer calls for fun activities with great company. Although summer can be busy, it’s always important to find time to spend it with the ones you love. This summer I’ve had to chance to relax at the fabulous Roaring Fork Club.

The club is located in Basalt, which is only 20 minutes from Aspen. They offered everything I could ask for – from the relaxing spa to the outdoor activities, this place was nothing short from perfect. There are many classes to pick from if sports are your thing, such as tennis, hiking and biking. Personally, I enjoyed the spa and the fitness classes they had to offer.

For those looking to be healthy, the club has personal training classes offered by qualified trainers. This is perfect for anyone looking to improve their health or just to get out of the dreaded routine that a lot of people get stuck on.

If that wasn’t enough, the food here was to die for! The Lodge Restaurant offers fine dining that uses organic ingredients when preparing these plates. It makes it easy to not be super unhealthy while vacationing. There’s nothing worse than gaining unwanted weight during the summer. They offer a variety of healthy snacks and drinks.

Summer is meant to be spent relaxing with loved ones – this place offers just that and then some. If you’re looking to check the club out, they offer a variety of memberships. Being surrounded by a lake is one of the best ways to spend summer!

Food and Wine Classic

A Cloud 9 Birthday Bash

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Robert Frost had it slightly wrong. Shortly after two ski lift journeys through the most crisp and vibrant air that Aspen has to offer, we were finally there at Cloud 9, my official birthday abode. Cloud 9, a cozy Euro-style, mountain-top cabin with its famous backdrop of iconic Maroon Bells would be the temporary space that nineteen wild and beautiful, soul-filled women would Champagne bathe in celebrating the birthday of yours truly.  A ski-lift ride to remember and a Aspen-famous, legendary little cabin to go wild in was my personal idea of heaven with these amazing ladies.

Thanks to the infamous Tommy Tollesson, and the Cloud 9 staff, my “Beach Vibes” birthday themed party felt like the best that Switzerland and the Bahamas had to offer; But this party was housed in a tiny, rockstar-like cabin at the top of the Rocky Mountains, laden with endless Champagne flutes and the finest Champagne one could possibly imagine.  Given that anything goes at Cloud 9, why not a beach theme at the top of the world!  After all, who doesn’t want to see 18 beauties in nothing more than bikinis and snow skis?”

Thanks to the arrival of my gorgeous sister Hanna Vanderpool and 17 of the most delightful women god has created, my birthday couldn’t have been better.  Our snow-filled journey to Cloud 9 was one of the best yet. For those that enjoyed it with our fun-filled group of women, I am honored and happy to have shared that moment with you.

Thank you Aspen.  You have given so much to me and my only hope is that I can give back to you through my service and hard work.  The memories that you have provided me so far are more than most women enjoy in a lifetime.  My birthday couldn’t have been better!

#Aspen #Cloud9 #LifetimeGratitude

– Amanda