Camping in Golden Gate State Park

Our final camping trip for the year in Golden Gate State Park. A fantastic, relaxing weekend with good friends, some playing in the mountains, and generally just doing nothing.

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A quick fall trip through Rocky Mountain National Park

RMNP Panorama

RMNP Panorama

Gregg and I were talking about going down to Montrose/Crested Butte to shoot fall colors, but due to some time constraints on me, we took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park instead. Fall Colors, Elk rut, and generally beautiful Colorado skys, I left home at 5am to meet Gregg and drive up to get there as early in the morning as we could. Not much fall color up there, but beautiful none-the-less. The gallery is below.

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Lake Isabelle wildflower trip

Lake Isabelle Columbine

Lake Isabelle Columbine

Gregg and I decided to take a quick photo excursion up to Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness last Sunday to see how the wildflowers were doing. We got some decent shots on the way in to Lake Isabelle, with the high clouds diffusing the light perfectly.

Gregg had seen moose (I can’t believe the plural of moose is moose) running around up there a couple weeks back, so we decided to start heading back down to see if we could find them. But on the way down, it started hailing/raining a little. OK. Maybe more than a little. By the time we got back to the truck, we were pretty wet, but all in all it was still a great trip (we never did find the moose).

I still think we need to take a trip down to Yankee Boy Basin near Ouray one of these summers, but this wildflower season kind of got away from me.

Here’s a few of the pictures I took. I’ll edit this post with a link to Gregg’s pictures when he has them up and running.
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Found some pictures from Sugarloaf in 1977

These three pictures are from the original Sugarloaf Station up above Kyburz, CA. This year, the B1/B2 and G1/G2 tents were TP’d.

If you can identify anybody in these pictures, please contact me and I’ll arrange to tag them.

NOTE: These are considerably larger than most peoples screens in the hopes that we can identify some of the people in the pictures.

1977 - Girls1-Girls2 TPd

1977 – Girls1-Girls2 TPd

1977 - Boys1-Boys2 TPd

1977 – Boys1-Boys2 TPd

1977 - Boys1-Boys2 TPd

1977 – Boys1-Boys2 TPd

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A quick day trip to Mount Evans

 

Driving in the Clouds

Driving in the Clouds

I took a half-day to go play in the mountains with Pam Price. Took a quick drive through the clouds to the top of Mount Evans, then back down the mountain to dinner at Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster. It’s always great getting back together and catching up!

There are more pix from the trip below.

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A present from my Mom leads to a lot of flashbacks…

Steve at 18 months

Steve at 18 months

I came home from work this Friday to find a box sitting on my porch. An unexpected shipment from Mom and Dad. Opening it was “interesting” to say the least. I guess they cleaned out the attic of stuff they’ve been saving since I was a wee lad. Finger-paintings from kindergarden. Maps to the Dickens Fair. And much more. Read more »

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Some pix from the Annual Steamboat Trip

HDR of Fetcher Barn at Steamboat Lake

HDR of Fetcher Barn at Steamboat Lake

The annual Steamboat trip with the Lowrimores in late fall/early winter this year was over the Thanksgiving day holiday. Five days of fun with friends, just relaxing, playing in the mountains (not on ski slopes). There’s really not much snow up here yet, but we come up here often enough that we know where to play when the snow’s low. And it gave us a chance to go take some pics up by Steamboat Lake.

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An attempt at shooting the Milky Way

Milky Way at Summit Lake

Milky Way at Summit Lake

Gregg and I have been talking about shooting the Milky Way, and we finally decided to head up to Summit Lake at the base of Mount Evans on a new moon night to try it out. We got up there around 8:30 and stayed until about midnight, when clouds started coming in.

I wasn’t very happy with my results. All I can say is that I need either new glass with a wide open aperture, a faster camera, a newer camera, or all of the above. The sensor in the D200 just doesn’t handle low light very well.

I’m really interested in seeing how Gregg’s pictures turned out, ’cause mine aren’t very appealing.
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2012 Photo Trip – Day 5 – Monument Valley to Phoenix

West Mitten and East Mitten

Day 5 of our trip begins with shooting sunrise pictures from the balcony of the hotel and the news that a fairly significant winter storm was coming in and planning to dump 4-8 inches of snow in Flagstaff. I did some preliminary scouting and figured we could drive to the east a little, then head due south to Petrified Forest (Kash REALLY wanted to go back there to take pictures, for reasons that will remain with Kash)

This is where Forest Gump stopped running

After shooting the sunrise, Kash and Gregg wanted to go back into the valley so that Kash could shoot (since he was sick last night when we did the tour). So Gregg and Kash took off and I thought I’d talk off and walk around the West Mitten Butte on a walking path. But given the time of morning, and the fact that the walk was over 4 miles, I didn’t think I’d get back in time to pack up and have breakfast before we left. So I started the walk, basically wandering around in a staggeringly beautiful place.

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2012 Photo Trip – Day 4 – Monument Valley

East Mitten through trees

Day 4 started poorly. Kash wasn’t feeling to good last night, and today wasn’t feeling good at all. We stopped at Safeway for Starbucks coffee, and Gregg picked up some Oscillococcinum (homeopathic cold/flu medicine) and we started our 2 1/2 hour drive to Monument Valley (Tsé Bii Ndzisgaii) . I’d never heard of Oscillococcinum before, but Gregg and I took our preventative dosages, while Kash went all in. For what it’s worth, after reading more about it on the net, it appears to be a placebo drug, but since we believed it would work at the time, neither Gregg or I came down with whatever he had, and he recovered quickly. It’s amazing what your mind can do to your body…

Anyway, I digress. For our stay at Monument Valley, we had upgraded (i.e., more expensive) rooms reserved on the third floor of “The VIEW Hotel” in Monument Park. They were touted as a better, open sky view balcony for night pictures, but due to the way the balconies are constructed. they’re really no better than 2nd and 1st floor rooms since each floor is offset back a little.

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