After a summer of epic hikes, we have finally arrived to our final destination! Long’s Peak, in all of its glory, was shrouded in gold rays as we drove into Estes Park. The sunset was welcoming, almost letting us know that our journey next day was going to go well.
We arrived at our quaint cabin room for the night, and unloaded all of our gear. As I was cleaning up before hitting the hay I noticed a bottle opener hanging on the bathroom door! Well I guess theirs different strokes for different folks…
-the story continues soon! More epic photos are on their way!
After a long day of work, and some much needed rain, I snapped this beauty. The timing and lighting were perfect. As far as touch up goes, I threw a filter over the image to sharpen it up with an app called snapseed. Enjoy!
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Mount Bierstadt, what a journey! The scenery was outstanding and breathtaking! Literally breath-taking! I constantly found myself gasping for air, as the oxygen depleted with the increase of elevation. Every step we took to get to the summit seemed to add five to ten pounds of weight to my pack.
The views made up for all of it, the painters palette of greens, oranges, blues, and yellows were stunning. Spring finally sprung in the Colorado Rockies and it smelled wonderful.
The beauty dramatically changed right around 13,000 feet when a ominous black cloud crept towards the crest, all the while grumbling at the hundreds of hikers on Bierstadts sides. Within five minutes we were caught in a tremendous thunderstorm. Hail the size of marbles were pummiling us as we raced down hill. The screams of women and children were heard when a crash of lighting touched down fifty feet away from us! Luckily no adventurers were harmed.
Once we reached the basin we tore off our wet clothes and pulled out the “ice chest” for some refreshing beverages and a epic picnic lunch! Though we were happy to have the experience of near death, we learned a very important lesson:
Start early and respect the mountain!
-Thanks for your continued support. I have been slammed with wonderful job opportunities (thank you God!) , and have had little time to update the blog. I appreciate your avid viewership and will be posting more often again! Thanks!
I realize that this post is way overdue. I apologize for the lack of updated content, my plate has been abundantly full lately . I have been slammed with event after event at the ski shop that I work at (Larson’s Ski & Sport). We have been trying out some new ways to promote our name. Very fun and innovative tasks, which seem to consume my spare time.
I do however have some interesting happenings to share with you all! Summer has been extremely hot in Colorado, the forests are burning again (contained though), however there are plenty of wonderful things happening around the state. Skateboarding, hiking, and grilling make-up for most of my weekends and evenings. Each came with great stories, and awesome memories!
Check back later this week for more new stories, and thank you all for your continued support!
When was the last time you woke up at 5am (or early for that matter) on a weekend. Especially a holiday weekend, Memorial weekend in fact. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I struggle to get out of bed anytime before 9am on the weekends. I’m a stay a bed, I’m one of the many that suffer from dysania. I struggle waking up in mornings, every day I have multiple alarms screaming at me to wake up. As a photographer this is a very bad habit, and in general its a bad habit. We as humans give our job’s more time than we. Think about it, for most of us we give forty hours a week to our employers. And on the weekends we give ourselves only about thirty two hours for free time. These numbers are very rough, and we can actually shorten our free time on weekends when we sleep in.
Sleeping in isn’t always a bad thing, however you get to miss out on a lot of things. As a photographer the best light is early morning and late evens, when the sun rises and sets. I have learned this the hard way by reaching a peak on many of my hikes, only to have missed the perfect light. This is due mostly to poor planning , or oversleeping. Oh well, we all make mistakes. Some mistakes can be beautiful however.
Whats up! oh is it time for my close up?
One such beautiful mistake happened to me this past Memorial weekend. As a family, we decided to spend day hiking around Wild Basin, a section of Rocky Mountain National Park. The forests in this part of the park are majestic. Upon arrival of the park, we were greeted by a friendly fox, peacefully soaking in the warm golden rays of sunlight.
Taking a second to kick back and enjoy the scenery.
Our journey finally began once we parked the car and adjusted all of our gear. With new pack from REI on, and boots tied up snug, we began our 8-mile trek to the majestic Falls and Lakes strewn about. The morning was cool and overcast, and the trails were muddy and laden with snow in spots. Wet and slippery, only the safest of trails for us! While we were hiking, we ran into other adventures, some less prepared than others. We greeted each with warm welcomes and warnings of the slick paths ahead.
Planning our next route, our fearless leader is deep in thought.
The trails were very mystical, shrouded by tall aspens and pines on either sides, we were forced to trudge threw ankle high runoff streams. At times it became hard to find motivation to journey on. Every turn revealed more muddy and poorly maintained trails. We had to dig deep, and push the pain toward the back of our minds.
This beauty was sunny itself next to the raging rapids!
Further, and deeper we went, the road was getting muckier and more technical. Although Beauty surronding us was inspiring, and helped motivate us to press on. With one last turn we had reached our destination! Ouzel Falls, the thunder of the water crushing down on the rocks below was breathtaking. The views were unlike anything ever wrote in a fantasy tale. J.R.R. Tolkien could’nt touch the beauty we were seeing! God’s hand were present in everything that was surrounding us! It was like Monet’s painting, the colors vibrant, the movement of waving trees, and energy was overwhelming . Words cannot describe the views that we soaked in.
Wonderful scene at the base of Ouzel Falls.
On our journey, we stopped to look at our next big goal. Summiting Long’s Peak, our dream fourteener!
Looking towards next goal! Long’s Peak here we come!
The epic crest of Long’s Peak
Thank you all for your continued support! I have so much fun sharing life’s journeys with all of you! I plan on making this the summer of the hike! I have a large project going on with Larson’s Ski & Sport, the ski shop that I work at, so that takes up most of my free time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Howdy faithful followers! It has been a crazy few days here in sunny Colorado, I have been slammed with family plans, work obligations, and special projects. So I apologize for the delayed part two of my Memorial day weekend trek. I promise it will be out soon! And the photo’s came out beautifully, I am so excited to see what you guys think!
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I want to thank them and show them the thanks they all deserve, which is hard to do. The staff (coming from working alongside them) are super friendly and extremely knowledgable! They taught me everything that I know about the skiing and snowboarding world, from gear to techniques, and most importantly sincerity.
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-I am in the works of finalizing the memorial day weekend trek. Thank you for you patience and continued support!
You know that feeling you get, the one when you feel as you have already been to a place. Deja vu? When I arrived at Wild Basin, part of Rocky National Park, I felt like I had entered into one of Tolkien’s classic fantasy tales (Lord of The Rings). I was surrounded by roar of mighty rushing rapids, and enclosed by gigantic pines and aspen trees.
Ever turn led to a new place if splendor. It makes you wonder how all if this was created, how this place of beauty could just “happen” by chance. As for me, I know that the all powerful, mighty God has his hand in this magnificent place!
The Goal can be hard, arduous, difficult and strenuous at times!
Let’s kick start our Summer goals off with a bang! We all have our own dreams and aspirations for the few months when the sun is in full force. Yet we let opportunities slip through the cracks. Laziness settles in, and the half-to’s become the Coxswain of our daily lives. The cell phones (sorry I ment smart phones) start chiming, emails begin to pile up, and family members plan our lives away.
God’s beauty! The reward of hard work!
We miss out on a lot of great moments in life because we don’t plan for it and learn to say no. Now I’m certian that when we were all kids we got the same speech about the saying no. I look at it differently, learning to say no in a positive way can benefit your life in a completely new way. Set aside some personal time to do what is most important to you, whatever that may be do it! And make sure to not let anyone take that time from you. Say no to the phone, email, and even family members. But do so by letting them work with your schedule, not the other way around.
Sometimes one must search endlessly, in the darkest corners to find the treasure!
I read ( and listened to a audio tape) many years ago that helped me change the way I spent my time. How I scheduled the have to’s, and personal time. The book was by Stephen R. Covey, the famous businessman that introduced the world to the 7 habits of highly effective people, and was titled “Focus: Achieving Your Highest Priorities”. Still to this day I struggle with this, but it is an amazing book.
Success is that overwhelming felling after struggling to complete a difficult task!
Back to Summer goals, which is the discussion of this post (and photos of achieving my first small step). I have come to realize that I thoroughly enjoy life, the whole great adventure part. Meeting new people, exploring the world, and sharing those special moments with people. I will be continuing to explore what I have in my backyard, Colorado that is! I plan on summiting more peaks! I plan on honing my photography and hopefully getting some prints made! And most importantly sharing these moments with people, and making unforgettable memories that will last a life-time!
Don’t let life happen! Make it happen for you, otherwise you’ll miss moments such as this!