Wednesday, October 11, 2017

San Juan Fall 2017

Every year I try to dedicate at least one solid day to driving around a mountain destination soaking in the Fall Foliage and catching up on my photography hobby that I seem to abandon 75% of the year (I love it, it's just so hard to find the time for it with everything else going on! I really don't know how people have multiple hobbies! Working and running pretty much sum up my entire life).

Will all of the crazy things happening in September (like running a 100 miler... did I mention that I did that?) I wasn't sure it was going to happen this year. I did end up with the weekend of September 30/October 1 available, but Scott was out of town and with my still-dead legs, and a gloomy forecast, I wasn't sure I was up for going out on my own... Which is why it was perfect when a friend posted about a fall photography meet-up in Ouray on Sunday, October 1. I immediately jumped on board and joined some great people for a beautiful, albeit a bit cold, fall day!

We started out with a meet up at Mouse's Chocolates for some coffee (of course I splurged on a delicious white chocolate mocha) before heading up Red Mountain Pass, stopping off at Crystal Lake, and then onto some jeep roads over to Yankee Girl Mine (this was really neat - I had only ever seen this famous mine from afar), and onto some more jeep roads before turning back due to snow.  After we turned back, we ended up heading over to Last Dollar Road for the rest of the day which had some spectacular scenery. I'm not going to delve into many more details, other than to just post my favorite pictures below. Thank you to Suzy for driving us from Grand Junction for the day (and bringing the greatest smorgasbord for lunch) and Markus and Annette for letting us ride in your Jeep and showing us some really cool places (and check out some of Markus' great photography here.)

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