Colorado Splendor! Part I

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.

THE SILVERTON TO DURANGO RAILWAY. Take this train! It's a heavenly slice of breath-taking scenery. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
THE SILVERTON TO DURANGO RAILWAY. Take this train! It’s a heavenly slice of breath-taking scenery.
© SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015

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.

TOWARD DURANGO. Photographers go to extraordinary means to get great shots. Look closely at the folks in the center of this photo. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TOWARD DURANGO. Photographers go to extraordinary means to get great shots. Look closely at the folks in the center of this photo. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015

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!

MORNING GLOW. My view each and every morning, just outside Durango. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
MORNING GLOW. My view each and every morning, just outside Durango. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE IS BEAUTIFUL. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE IS BEAUTIFUL. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
FRESH CLOVER. Atop a mountain near Telluride. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
FRESH CLOVER. Atop a mountain near Telluride. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE FROM ABOVE. Riding the lift. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE FROM ABOVE. Riding the lift. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE DREAM. The sunsets and colors were like a drug. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
TELLURIDE DREAM. The sunsets and colors were like a drug. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
It's crazy beautiful. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
OURAY.  It’s crazy beautiful. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
OURAY. Cavallo's Restaurant, a New Orleans style place that was excellent, actually. Yes, gumbo in the Rockies and it was Louisiana good.
OURAY. Cavallo’s Restaurant, a New Orleans style place that was excellent, actually. Yes, gumbo in the Rockies and it was Louisiana good.
DOWNTOWN OURAY. More than meets the eye. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
DOWNTOWN OURAY. More than meets the eye. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
FLOWERS NEAR SILVERTON. Daises constantly erupt in the Rockies. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
FLOWERS NEAR SILVERTON. Daises constantly erupt in the Rockies. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
SUNSETS OF DURANGO. Yes, parting is sweet sorrow. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015
SUNSETS OF DURANGO. Yes, parting is sweet sorrow. © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015

To be continued… All photos taken with a Sony AR7 and Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4.  © SCOTT A. EDWARDS, 2015

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One thought on “Colorado Splendor! Part I

  1. I have always admired Colorado specially Durango after reading this article , I definitely visit soon ! I love John Denver too !

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