Mountains

Early Birds

…beep…Beep…BEEP…BEEP!

1:00am
-The alarm screamed at us to move our lazy carcass’s from our deep slumber.

FLASH!
-a loud groan escaped my body as a strobe of jarring light blinded my eyes. Not being a morning person, 1:00am is way to early.

The light was then followed by a cacophony of sound coming from my alarm clock.

I fumbled my way through getting dressed and into the car. Soon after we met up with our guide Kaiyote.

In a fog, we continued down the road to the Long’s trail head.

WEE-WOO
Out of nowhere we were greeted by flashing red and blue lights! Busted!…

-Will we ever get to Longs Peak?! Stay tuned!

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Climbing Mountains is Exhausting!

Bear Peak, Boulder Colorado.

Summit of Bear Peak , located on the Flat Irons near Boulder Colorado.

Huffing and puffing up 8,000 ft peaks is tough work, however the reward is super sweet! This was my first Mount Summit, and it was a blast. I’m too tired to write a in-depth article (plus edit over 100 photos). So enjoy this stellar pano I took this morning upon reaching the summit!

 

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World Famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre

B&W rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is where world class musicians come to make history. Bands such as the Beatles, CSN, and Eric Clapton have left their mark on this special place. I decided that I would try to make a recording of my own, and spin my own view of this wonderful place.

Cold

Bone chilling temperatures and a peaceful calm surrounded the landscape. I could hear the crunch of gravel underfoot as I traipsed the grounds. As I began setting up some shots more people began showing up for some freezing morning exercises, some ran the stairs while others practiced yoga poses.

Colorado Sunrise

Darkside of the Moon

Mountain man

Pathlite

Rainbow tree

It turned out to be well worth losing sleep and a warm breakfast. The thing is about photography, that many don’t understand is the work that photog’s put into each shot. There are a lot of cold mornings, lack of sleep, and meticulous post-production. However, nothing compares to getting the perfect shot, where both mental vision meets physical success.

Estes Park: An Highly Expected Journey

Buck

The warmth of the morning light was welcoming, since the cabin was frigid all night. As I woke, I was greeted by a friendly face peeking through the front window. A tremendous buck was happily gulping down seeds from several bird feeders, and didn’t mind my presence. I sneaked outside to snap a few photos and take in the fresh mountain air.

Treking

After sharing a pleasant breakfast with our new friend, we hopped in the car and met up with our hiking guide. Amazed by Coyote’s(our tour guide) knowledge of the park and trails we were going on, we began our journey. From time to time we were taken to hidden trails and secret passages through the mountain side. I began to feel as I was in one of Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings movies. At times the trek was arduous and treacherous, slipping on sheets of ice and falling in tree wells. Each challenging pass brought landscapes of great wonder.

Blue Steel

Epic(

Waves

Our hike brought us to many frozen lakes, solid enough to drive large commercial vehicles on. It was majestic and inspiring, seeing the amazing forces the weather impacted the land with.

After our hike concluded, we headed back into civilization. It was sad to leave such a beautiful place, but the memories will always remain with me. Along the way back home we stopped in Lyons,Colorado to grab some grub and drooled over some amazing vintage motors.

Caged Beast

Brit Bloke

Stingray

Lyons Soda

Lyon’s Cocoa is an old time Soda Shop, that serves classic malts, sodas, and fried food. Their chocolate malts and milkshakes were to die for, and the ‘dogs weren’t bad either. Classic Coca-Cola signs and vintage memorabilia made you feel as you stepped into a time-machine. It was the perfect way to end our Estes Park adventure.

12 flavors of fun

Brain Freeze

-Thank you all for following me while I explore the beautiful state Colorado. More adventures are sure to come, so hang around to see many more tales of the great sunshine state!

Estes Park: Ghostly Encounters

The Stanley

All work and no play makes me a very dull boy.

The infamous Stanley hotel, as made infamous by the classic horror movie “The Shinning”. Still to this day I get the hebbie-jebbies watching that movie, and rightfully so. I won’t lie I did feel a little uneasy going into the Stanley at night, however I could not pass on such a great opportunity. As we approached the grounds there was an eerie vibe about this place. The buildings that still stand today have seen many people pass onto the afterlife, some more peacefully than others.

The Shinning

Spooky Stairway

Upon entering the building we were greeted by the welcoming sounds of glasses clinking and faces smiling . Each room was ornately decorated and softly lit. While one room was only illuminated by a small dying fire. This lonely dark room seemed to be calling out to me, to enter in and capture its story. As I was snapping the following image a loud thud came from above. Half startled, and heart racing, we left immediately.

Ominous

Enough of ghost chasing and looking for old horror tales, we needed something to calm the nerves and enjoy this Spirit filled place.

Scotchy scotch

So the evening was not a total bust, we finally found some real spirits lurking around the corner. And the bartender wasn’t half bad either.

The Stanley Bar Whiskey

Both the overwhelming selection of Whiskeys and Gins (local and imported) we mind boggling. The bartender went into great detail explaining the history of each liquor and their unique flavours.

Best Gin Ever

However, not being a whiskey drinker myself (and the gentleman that I am), preferred to have a exquisite G&T. This particular Gin by Spirit Hound (locally made in Lyons, Colorado) was unique by its light, smooth, and vibrant taste. Instead of being harsh, the juniper in this gin was clean and perfectly fused with such a strong grain alcohol.

Though the chilling horror stories that seem to float around The Stanley Hotel, it was a rather pleasant place to visit. I now leave the spirits behind for them to claim their next victim.

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Estes Park: An Highly Expected Journey

Estes Park: Majestic Intervention

Herds

How can I sum up Estes Park in on world…Majestic! The Landscape, Atmosphere, Wildlife, and People are surreal. Visiting Estes is like walking into another world. Upon arrival I was greeted by quaint “Welcome” signs and Authentic Ranger Rick’s and Sue’s.

Ma & Pa Kettle

I took this wonderful trip with both of my parents and shared the wonders of the land. It seemed like every time that I turned around, I would see both of them with the cheesiest grins on their faces. It is because of my parents joy of exploration and love of the outdoors that I felt at home in the wild.

Moose

As we were driving around the vast expanse, we noticed a moving shadow in the woods. A mother Moose and her calf were creeping along the corners of the forest, looking for a path across the road.

Moose Crossing

As we patiently watched, both Mother and calf jaunted across the road as their audience cheered them on with “oohs” and “ahhs”, and the occasional snap of a camera.

Midnight Composure

With so much action in just the first few hours of our trip, I knew I was going to be blown away every where I looked.

-Next Time:

Estes Park: Ghostly Encounters