There are reasons why so many college students go to school in Colorado and then stay, at least for a while, working restaurants, shops and ski resorts after graduation, diploma sticking out of their pockets. Nature, beauty, freedom, the eternal spirit of the place, and the opportunity to chill with like-minded people who know there’s more to life than buying stuff and working insane hours trying to get ahead!
If you haven’t been, just go. If you don’t think you can afford a trip, either because of money or time, figure out a way! Your soul will find peace. Here are a few pics.
Back in the day when it was typical for employees to get three or four weeks of vacation a year and then take two weeks in a row (America is not Europe, that’s for sure!), my parents would take my sister and me to Colorado. I was about six or seven when we first began these journeys and we’d often meet up with some wonderful relatives from Michigan. My parents were direct, saying, “We’re getting out of this summer-in-Louisiana heat and humidity and we’re going to breath some of that cool mountain air.”
I remember John Denver on the radio singing “Rocky Mountain High” once when we crossed the border into Colorado. Man, it would feel like home because once you got there, you really understood the song. We’d often stay in the Colorado Springs and Estes Park area and journey throughout the Rockies. The vibe was so cool. Who didn’t want to live here! And you did feel high – especially coming from Lake Charles, Louisiana, about 22 miles off the Gulf of Mexico, elevation 13 feet. Even as a kid, a usual hike would certainly take the wind out of your sails.
Now, I have just returned from a trip to Durango – journeying to Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Mesa Verda and Cortez – and then making a looonnng day trip to Utah. Wow – six heavenly days. Incredible vistas. Sunsets, sunrises, quaint towns. Four-wheel drive. Fresh mountain air and heavenly quiet peace, even as coyotes howled on several nights seemingly flanking deer. These things and the haunting companion of the wind are planted in mind – and the cool vibe fortunately hasn’t changed since my first experiences. Rocky Mountain High, Colorado!
To be continued… All photos taken with a Sony AR7 and Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015