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I continued on to Crested Butte. It looks like a German village – houses in a beautiful lush valley with surrounding mountains. It really is one of the most pastoral places I’ve seen. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the mood for photography, so you’ll have to go there yourself to find out…
I also thought a lot about photography on this trip. The perception of space and color is very different between a human’s and a camera’s. But that’s only the first problem – the second is the difference between how a picture comes out, and how a person interprets what’s in the picture. That’s why it’s so difficult to take a great landscape picture – that’s where the biggest transformation occurs between what a person who is in the place the picture is being taken feels, and what a person watching the picture perceives.
But enough of that – what’s probably the last picture from this trip is that of a dam in an amazing valley, after sunset.
I continued on to the Black Canyon. Unfortunately I took the North-Rim way, which turned out to be a dirt road – not a good idea in a rented Pontiac G6. I made it to the rim, although it was almost sunset. The Canyon is amazing – gave me vertigo just looking down. It’s a straight fall down some 2000 feet.. It was an almost scary place, especially since there was no-one around for miles and I was 14 miles of dirt road away from anywhere..
I couldn’t get a good shot of the Canyon, but here’s something I captured on my way to Gunnison – I eventually arrived late, when the roads were dark and it was quite hard to drive through the mountainside. I was just happy to get off the road…
I spent the night in Glenwood Springs and in the morning headed out towards the National Monument state park.
The views along the way reminded me of Clint Eastwood’s westerns – which is probably because he must have filmed them nearby. Hugh canyons on both sides of the roads, with the Colorado river alongside the road much of the way.
The National Monument state park is essentially a road running up and down a canyon ridge, with trails going off the road every so often. The views were very nice, the rock formations formed by eroded mountain side are the main attraction.
I drove from Boulder up to Estes Park. It was very packed due to it being Sunday before Labor Day. I couldn’t find a room, so I drove through RMNP to Grand Lake, a village where I did manage to find a place to stay.
I went back to the park the next day, and did a nice hike from Milner Pass to the visitor’s center – finishing at around 12,000 feet. I’m now at Glenwood Springs – the way here was really nice, driving through a deep canyon. I’m staying at Hotel Colorado which has been here since 1893 – I can’t decide whether the furniture is old or old-styled, but the ceilings are very high 🙂
In the picture is a bellowing elk from RMNP.. I saw a large group of elks the first night I was there.
I spent my first day traveling by driving to Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge.
Red Rocks has amazing hugh red rocks, with an open-air music amphitheater.
Dinosaur Ridge is where many dinosaur bones were discovered. Among other things, there are dinosaur tracks which got preserved in the rocks – these are really quite amazing, seeing the footprints made hundreds of millions of years ago by an extinct species.
I spent the next two nights in Boulder. This is a nice little town – I was lucky to arrive in time for the Farmer’s Market, which is a pretty big event, especially as it was on a long weekend because of Labor Day.
I spent the 2nd night at Rena’s place – first time I was hosted through CouchSurfing. It was really nice, we had a great evening and wondered around the campus the next day. In the picture are me, Rena (on right) and her roommate, Andy (on left), on Boulder university campus.