Today’s post is the first in what I think will be a monthly series with photos of some of my favorite locations. I know many of you are stuck in one spot and live vicariously through those of us fortunate to be able to live out our dreams so I thought you might enjoy some of my photos from some of my favorite places. Because I took these shots 4 years ago, some of my memories have faded so I can’t give you too many specific details of where I took them, but I will give you try to give you a broad idea.
Because I love the mountains, we are going to start in one of my very favorite places, Colorado. In 2008 I decided I needed to start working as a campground host and joined Workamper.com and posted a resume. Within a week I had three job offers, one in California, one on Oregon and one in Colorado. Of the three, Colorado paid the least per hour, because Colorado had the lowest minimum wage. However, I really wanted to work in Colorado because I love taking pictures of mountains and I especially wanted to photograph the Rockies. So I took that job and spent the summer working. On all my days-off I would leave the campground and take trips all over the state taking pictures. It was one of the best times of my life.
When the summer ended so did the job. I decided to stay in the state and take pictures of its legendary fall colors. Unlike New England, there are few hardwoods in Colorado so there aren’t many reds in the leaves, but there are huge numbers of Aspens so the mountains turn bright yellow in October. To me, the majesty of the mountains more than makes up for the lack of the red colors. So I stayed in the state until the end of October. That is always risky in the Rockies because a storm can blow through at any time and you can be snowed in and freezing with very little notice. In fact that is just what happened to me. A storm blew in and we got about 6 inches of snow. But as is pretty typical for October, it warmed up and the snow melted off after a few days.
Most of these pictures were taken in the area around the San Juan Mountains. I camped on free dispersed land in the National Forest at the base of Mt. Sneffels just off of highway 62. I took trips to Telluride, Ouray and Silverton to get most of these photographs. The nearest town to get supplies was Ridgeway which is where they shot the original “True Grit” movie with John Wayne. It’s a very nice little town I enjoyed a lot.
Unfortunately, I don’t have GPS coordinates to my beautiful meadow campsite. I can narrow down the location to one of two roads, it is either on Dallas Creek Rd. (also known as County Rd, 7 or Forest Rd. 850) or West Dallas Creek Rd. (also known as County Rd, 9 or Forest Rd. 851). My best guess is that it is CR 9, West Dallas Creek Rd. but I could be wrong. To get to either of them leave Ridgeway, CO heading West on State Highway 62 . Drive 4 miles to CR 7 and turn left (South). Or drive 5.3 miles to CR 9 and turn left (South). You will be driving through private property and much of it is posted as “No Trespassing” but don’t worry, the road is public and the ranchers are just trying to scare you into turning back. The meadow is about 9 miles down the road from 62, so keep going until you reach the Uncompahgre National Forest.
If I have a summer RTR this coming summer (2013) I will hold it in that little meadow. We won’t have cell phone or internet, and shopping will be a long way away, but man is it beautiful!! Bob
Most of you have been to many beautiful places and have great photos as well. So I am going to start collecting readers travel photos, and once a month I will post them. Email them to me at [email protected] Include enough information to give us an idea of when and where you took the photo and what you liked about it.