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Deeper in Colorado…

Ahoy!

Today I’m rewinding to a camping trip high in the San Juan mountains last month. We explored the terrain around Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado. Every hike in that area has massive elevation gain, and we were pretty well whipped into shape by the fourth and fifth days. I experienced the notorious Red Mountain Pass, which has many-a-thousand-foot drops off the side of the highway, made more dangerous with the inability to only focus on driving (the scenery from that road is stunning). Other trip highlights were bathing in a high alpine lake (it was take-your-breath-away cold water), the basil ale at High Alpine Brewing in Gunnison, the pink and purple sunset we were treated to outside of Ridgway, seeing the Milky Way every night, reaching the Ice Lakes after being told we probably couldn’t make it, hot dogs, the charming town of Ouray, and the Willie Nelson greatest hits album I picked up before heading out of town.

Enjoy the snaps, and don’t get too lost in that crystal clear water in the photos.

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Capitol Reef National Park

How’s it going?

As usual, my summer is cruising. July is looking hectic (and fun!), so before I get too far ahead of myself I want to rewind to the beginning of May. I spent a weekend exploring Capitol Reef National Park in Utah with a couple of good friends. Capitol Reef is relatively isolated, and doesn’t get near as much attention as some of the other Utah Parks. We hiked in and slept under the open (billion star) sky the first night, and the second, we camped just outside the park so that we could enjoy a campfire and walk in for sunrise on some of the ‘temples’ in the Park. Lots of laughs, chips and whiskey were shared on this trip…

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Three sets of animal tracks in the mud. It’s not every day…

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We slept right there…

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Some of the best hikes I have experienced are in Utah. There are always fun challenges, like “chimneying” down walls in a slot canyon, walking through water, or hopping over giant boulders (or going under them).

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Just driving through the Park. The vehicle in the top photo here was partially buried by what appeared to be a flood at some point.

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Ah, Cathedral Valley. A MUST-SEE when visiting this Park.

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An unexpected attraction in the Park (there were several of these, including a massive sinkhole), was Glass Mountain. This 15 foot mountain is made of large selenite (gypsum) crystals… From Wikipedia, “Gypsum was deposited as sea water evaporated 165 million years ago and then buried under other sediments. The gypsum migrated upwards through fractures in the sediments forming layers and, very rarely, domes like the Glass Mountain. There is only one exposed selenite plug within the park and one other just outside which has been reduced to ground level by collectors.” Oh my gosh, it was so cool.

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Camp vibes.

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Sunrise on Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun. Worth it.

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Desert roads heading back to I70…

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Birthdays, Utah Style!

Amber is a good friend of mine. She is always up for getting out of town and seeking out adventure. Our birthdays were just a few days apart in October so we decided to head west to Utah for the weekend. We hit Moab and headed south to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Utah is unique, weird and awesome. I absolutely love going there (this was my third trip this year!), and every trip I find myself smiling and shaking my head, “this is so crazy”.

Enjoy the snaps!

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