How Testing Directions On The Apple Watch In Aspen Colorado Led Me To NBA Superstar Dwight Howard

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I’d never been to Aspen Colorado before this weekend which made it the perfect place to test getting both walking and driving directions on the Apple Watch. I’m happy to say that using the Apple Watch to navigate a new town was very convenient, despite a few minor quirks which, as it turned out, led me to a chance encounter with Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. Here’s what happened.

Aspen, like New York or LA, is one of those ritzy places where you’ve got a decent chance of spotting a celebrity while you’re seeing the sights. Like the recognizable faces that can sometimes be seen popping out of the local Gucci store, Aspen itself is famous (the omelet chef at my hotel used to cook for Will and Jada Smith and their kids and toured with the Rolling Stones — and that was the best omelet I’d ever eaten). It’s known for being a naturally beautiful, swanky destination where you can ski and ride, shop and eat lots of good food.

For me, heading to Aspen meant driving through Denver. Denver is the gateway to Colorado’s most popular ski towns: Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and the like. And, as still happens even though this is 2015, there are patches along the Rockies’ major travel arteries that still don’t get the best mobile coverage (or any ...

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