Never before did I enjoy such a vibrant autumn. Never before did I meet a morning decked up beautifully in gold. The charming yellow leaves of aspen trees during the fall in Grand Lake made me realize that departure from the life need not be scary and instead can be beautiful. The fall foliage in Grand Lake is like a poem; a poem that can be lived.

My first Morning in Grand Lake

I wanted to sleep a little longer but in vain. The morning slipped through my window and woke me up. I rubbed my sleepy eyes, wrapped myself in the blanket and put down the window screen to see the Grand Lake.

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My first morning in Grand Lake gifted me a grand view

Words fail me to describe the first glimpse of the lake but I will still give it a try. The lake was silently reflecting the fall colors. No tiny waves shook the reflection. The water of the lake stood still under the spotless blue sky. Trees in the mountain afar had started turning yellow here and there.

The lake was silently reflecting the fall colors. No tiny waves shook the reflection. The water of the lake stood still under the spotless blue sky. Trees in the mountain afar had started turning yellow here and there. Click To Tweet
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Eye soothing, soul-nourishing view that calms down one’s mind.

The serenity and the beauty of the lake inspired me to go out then and there. I put on my shoes, took the camera and then off I went.

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6.00 am! The morning slipped through my window and woke me up. I took my camera, wore my cardigan and shoes and stepped out to meet the morning. . The morning was waiting for me outside my door. The moment I opened the door, it presented me a beautiful painting in yellow. I could not take my eyes off from the painting. A bit of grey sky, a mountain afar, an aspen tree and its yellow leaves, some light, and some shadow and the whisper of wind filled my eyes, ears, and heart. . The tree house at the Western Riviera in Grand Lake, Colorado gifted me not just a morning but poetry. . #TravelRealizations #grandlake #fall #grandlakecolorado #coloradolive #colorado #colorfulcolorado #explorecolorado #visitcolorado #autumn #igcolorado . . . . . #bayareablogger #californiablogger #indiantraveller #indiantravelblogger #indianblogger #desi_diaries #incredibleindia #india_ig #indiapictures #indiaclicks #indiatravelgram #india_clicks #indianshutterbugs#folkvibes #slowtravel #traveldeeper #lifewelltravelled #openmyworld #travelinspiration

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A stroll beside the Grand Lake

Life in front of a computer screen and life while walking beside a lake is so fundamentally different, I thought while taking a stroll by the lake. Nature and its pace makes us calm and the computer screen makes us rush and run!

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A vibrant autumnal view

After sometime I saw some simple and elegant wooden benches beside the lake. I sat there for a while. Benches come with a possibility; one gets to share some moments with a stranger if alone; perhaps a conversation sparks, perhaps not, or one just ends up observing a stranger closely for a while. I have always loved seeing people; each of them has a story. I love reading those stories in my own way and add some imagination into it.

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I sat on one of them!

That day no one shared the bench with me. I sat there for a while all alone.

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Empty benches always come with a possibility of conversation. Don’t you think?

I saw a man running and interestingly there was no earplug. I was surprised and happy. I saw a man standing quietly with a fishing net.

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He inspired me to start fishing! Someday I will.

I saw two boats afar slowly sailing on and one boat was anchored. By that time, the sun came out bright and beautiful. The lake too wore the sparkling attire and looked different.

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Gorgeous and beautiful day!

Fall foliage in Grand Lake

Fall made me realize death is beautiful in the realm of nature.

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With autumn comes colors. With winter comes white. With spring comes green. Amid all comes hope! A hope for change from one state to another. . The perpetual cycle of change in nature teaches us a profound value, and that is impermanence. During my stay in Grand Lake, Colorado, I used to look at the falling leaves and think how beautiful death is in the realm of nature. . #TravelRealizations #grandlake #fall #grandlakecolorado #coloradolive #colorado #colorfulcolorado #explorecolorado #visitcolorado #autumn #sheexplores #sheisnotlost . . . . . #bayareablogger #californiablogger #indiantraveller #indiantravelblogger #indianblogger #desi_diaries #incredibleindia #india_ig #indiapictures #indiaclicks #indiatravelgram #india_clicks #indianshutterbugs #travelinspiration #lonelyplanetindia #natgeoinspires #mytinyatlas #seetheworld

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I wanted to stand amidst trees full of colors. I didn’t want to just see them from afar. I wanted to feel them up and close. So we decided to drive in the direction where there are fall colors. The idea resulted in a picturesque afternoon.

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And we followed the fall colors

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My wish to see and touch those falling leaves came true.

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Moments from that afternoon!

Shadow Mountain Lake

Sometimes traveling without a plan turns out the best. During the Grand Lake trip, we saw colors and followed the fall colors. We went to walk a trail but when saw a silent lakeside, I decided to spend some quiet moments beside the lake with my daughter; watching her play while the water lashes on the shore and the birds sing was a pure joy.

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We sat beside the lake and listened. Whistling winds. Music of the tiny waves. Whispering of the rustling leaves.

Likewise, while driving, we saw a sparkling blue waterbody and decided to stop by that. When I stepped out of the car, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the background greeted me and some of the drifting clouds on the blue sky wished me sunshine. I tried to find out about the name and found out it is the Shadow Mountain Lake. Later I learned that the Shadow Mountain Lake is a high-elevation reservoir.

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The Rocky Mountains afar, blue sky above and a sparkling blue lake below! Do I need more?

Sunset in Grand Lake

We were in a dilemma whether to see the sunset while sitting beside the lake or from the hillside above Grand Lake Village. I can’t say the exact reason but eventually, we decided to go up to the hills.

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Can you see the junction between the Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake?

We went up to the location of the Grand Lake Lodge and saw both the Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir. We spent some precious moments in the well-maintained vista point.

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We loved being the spectator of our daughter’s performance on this beautiful stage.

Fall colors, lakes, mountains and a beautiful sunset made our evening special. It is hard to accumulate and describe all the feelings through writing. Perhaps a beautiful piano composition would do it full justice.  Moments and places such as these are best described by music, not words.

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I agreed with the other people sitting inside the car to stop and see the setting sun; the hues; the perennial magic. And I saw how the mountain and the aspen trees looked different against the backdrop of crimson sky and golden clouds. . The word cloud reminds me of a lovely conversation I had with a fellow travel lover that evening. I learned how and why clouds are essential to see the sunset colors. A clear sky would never reflect all the sunset colors. The science behind the diffraction and reflection was interesting. I loved our conversation. . Travel is not only about beautiful scenes, but it is also about the conversations with others; with locals, co-passengers and even with someone close. Often conversations make a trip memorable. . I can remember so many incidents during my travels where a local or a co-passenger made the real difference; such conversations go far beyond any travel guidebook or travel sites and show a different perspective of a destination no matter how well known that destination is. Can you remember such a conversation that made all the difference to your trip? Share your thoughts. . #TravelRealizations #grandlake #grandlakecolorado #coloradolive #colorado #colorfulcolorado #explorecolorado #visitcolorado . . . . . #travelstoke #livefolk #bayareablogger #californiablogger #sunset #sky_painters #sunset_sunrise #skycolors #sky_scapes #sunset_madness #indiapics #indiantraveller #indiantravelblogger #indianblogger #evening_sky #sunsetview #sunsetphotography #sunsetofinstagram #colourfulsky #unlimitedsunset #Sunnylicious #indiatravelgram

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Where I stayed in Grand Lake

The tree house at the Western Riviera gifted me two beautiful mornings, two starry nights, cozy comfort and all the amenities a family would need to spend some wonderful time together.

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Gorgeous tree house

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Comfort and convenience both in abundance

The lake view from the tree house at the Western Riviera is an instant relief from all the chaos of our daily modern life. The stillness of the lake in the morning, ripples during the day and the silent darkness during the night all have a different charm. One needs to stay there to experience.

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How I miss this balcony!

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Travel Realizations

The fall foliage in Grand Lake is picturesque. I wished I was a painter when I saw the bright yellow of the aspen trees. I wished I was a music composer when I heard the rustling of the golden leaves before they were falling down. The last night when all of a sudden I saw the Milky Way above the Grand Lake, I wished I was an astrophile. Before bidding adieu, I wrote a letter to the Grand Lake while sitting beside it. I left a bit of me there at its shore.

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Dear Grand Lake, Your lakeside, golden aspen trees, mountains afar, vast vistas, beautiful birds and the warmth of people and the sweet autumnal air made a permanent place in my heart. I am leaving some bits of me here. . My thoughts while looking at you while standing in the middle of nowhere; my meaningful melancholy by the lakeside; the moment of wonder when I looked at the fall colors; my heartfelt gratitude to a young and beautiful woman who gave milk to my daughter; some memorable conversation along the way and a deathless desire to return to you once more perhaps in some spring. How beautiful you would look then, I wonder! . Till then, adieu! . #TravelRealizations #grandlake #fall #grandlakecolorado #coloradolive #colorado #colorfulcolorado #explorecolorado #visitcolorado #autumn . . . . . #exploremore #condenast #indiantraveller #indiantravelblogger #indianblogger #desi_diaries #getoutside #india_ig #indiapictures #gooutside #indiatravelgram #igcolorado #indianshutterbugs #travelinspiration #lonelyplanetindia #natgeoinspires #traveldeeper #travelstoke #vista #darlingescapes

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While this post was in partnership with Grand County Tourism, the opinions expressed are my own.

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