This national park came highly recommended by a friend; she especially said that Trey would like it. She was dead on! The climbing and crawling that this historic site’s tours entail is a little boy’s adventure dreamland. I was a bit worried that Trey wouldn’t sit through the history lectures the guides gave, but he stayed […]
Our chilliest night of camping on the entire trip was in the San Juan National Forest. It was a frigid 22 degrees by midnight. I wanted to shoot some star trails but the cold was so miserable that I’d run out, open the camera shutter, and run back into the tent to cuddle up with […]
This national forest was created in 1905 by President Roosevelt and encompasses nearly 1.9 million acres of western Colorado. On our drive from Black Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park we stopped to camp in the forest. Here are three panoramas I shot as we drove through the forest before sunset.
It’s summer now, and I’m still occasionally re-visiting my images from our road trip last fall. It’s my goal to post them all before the one-year anniversary of the trip. Here are some examples of the incredible autumn colors we saw in Colorado on our way to Mesa Verde National Park last October.
Since we only spent a couple hours in this national park we asked the rangers for the best trail for us to hike. The canyon is way to deep (2,722 feet) for a leisurely hike down and back up in a couple hours. They recommended the scenic two-mile long Oak Flat Trail which takes you down […]
Usually my panoramas are horizontal, but at a place like the Black Canyon that isn’t going to accomplish much. This composite is made up of seven images I took at Chasm View off the main road along the south rim of the canyon. It gives you a good perspective and idea of how insanely deep […]
On our way from Grand Junction to Mesa Verde National Park we swung by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Declared a National Monument in 1933, it wasn’t until 1999 that is was upgraded to National Park status by Congress. I describe the place to look as if God took a giant, dull knife […]
The highlight of Grand Junction was picking Heidi up. It had been two weeks since she left Trey and me in San Diego to return to work. On our long journey across Nevada and Utah he would tell me to turn off the road every time we passed a blue airport sign. “Aren’t we going […]
One of the more popular trails at Colorado National Monument is found at the base of the canyon and leads to a natural rock outcropping. I never figured out exactly why it is called “The Devil’s Kitchen.” The obvious guesses are that in the summer it would be blazing hot in this “room” created by […]
Folks around Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado just call it “The Monument.” It was there long before man first settled this remote area in western Colorado. What fascinated me most about this National Monument’s history was the story of the area’s first explorer, John Otto who called it “the heart of the world.” The man […]