Updated on July 24, 2015
Breckenridge, CO in Summer
It had been a while since I had a good adventure; so I decided to fix that on a whim with a trip to Breckenridge to see an old friend. After years of seeing beautiful pictures on Facebook from friends who had visited the Rockies and never left I decided to seem them for myself. I can now understand why they were unable to leave.
Breckenridge is an offbeat town filled with friendly, intelligent, adventurous people. It seems like half of the town came to explore and never left; getting drawn in by the mountains and adventure. After just a few days I felt myself falling into the pace of life. I could feel the urge to stay myself. Could I give up the city life for a small mountain town and pouring drinks for tourists? Maybe not yet, but I get it.
There is something magical about mountains that pictures can’t capture. As a photographer the best I can do trying to do them justice. Driving over the first ridge heading west on I70 out of Denver my mouth literally fell open in awe of the view.
First on my bucket list for this trip was to climb my first 14er. Doing so within my first 48 hours above sea level was probably overly ambitious, but the view from the top of Quandry and the feeling of accomplishment were worth struggle to breathe.
Next on my list was bask in natural hot spring, but unfortunately the Rockies had other things in mind. The water was too high at the Mount Princeton hot springs after a particularly wet spring.
I was itching to try my hand at photographing the night sky on this trip. I was hoping that the clear dry air of the mountains and the new moon would give me a good opportunity. My friend knew just the spot along one of the roads above the resort that would be dark enough. This is the result.
At the end of the trip I understood why many people never leave. The mountains are an enchanted place and I left far more peaceful and with more clarity of mind than I arrived. More importantly though I was reminded how important it is to reconnect with old friends. In a matter of days I connected with two friends from high school who I haven’t seen in since graduation 10 years ago.