Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fall Drive 2014: Kebler Pass

A few years ago I started a tradition to take at least one "fall drive" per year at what I always hope will be peak season for the aspen trees changing. A day where the sole purpose is to take in the gorgeous fall colors and hopefully capture them with my camera. It all started with a trip to Telluride in September of 2012. That trip was the most perfect "fall drive" I've taken yet - the timing was absolutely perfect. Everything was bright gold and orange. It was incredible.

In 2013 I took a couple of different drives: I went to Lake City one day, and over Owl Creek Pass another. I also did a quick trip over McClure Pass on my way back from Glenwood Springs one weekend. As beautiful as the second year was, it didn't compare to the first year. I'm not sure if timing was off or what, although either way, the drives were still worth it and everything about the gorgeous Rocky Mountains was still beautiful.

I'll be honest, this year was hard. I was busy, busy, busy in late September through mid-October. However, I did manage to squeeze one day in during early October where Scott and I drove Kebler Pass - a drive I've been wanting to do for a few years now. Beginning in Paonia and ending in Crested Butte, Kebler Pass is known specifically as one of the best locations for viewing aspen trees. Just like last year, unfortunately the leaves weren't quite at their peak (surprisingly there was actually still a lot of green out!), but also just like last year it was still a gorgeous day in the mountains, and I loved exploring a new pass that I hadn't been over yet!

So without further ado, I will let my pictures tell the story of our drive over Kebler Pass on October 4th, 2014 (note - there's a lot of pictures of "just trees" because I was having a blast with my new wide angle lens):


Flattop Mountain & Hallett Peak

I've been wanting to hike to the top of Hallett Peak ever since I found out it was the gorgeous mountain towering above Dream and Emera...