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Oh Be Joyful – Crested Butte, Colorado


Above is the view I woke to this morning. Low light sunrise.

Oh Be Joyful!


Seriously, that’s the name of the trail I camped at last night.


Here’s more from gorgeous Crested Butte, a very upscale tourist but still rugged old mining town (great biking and hiking and fishing and all sorts of outdoor activities!):


Apologies to anyone still reading that I’m so far behind in posting about places we’ve seen along the way. The weather and landscape have been just so spectacular that I’ve had little interest in going inside and writing. Plus, there is very little shade and difficult find a spot to park for a few hours to keep the van cool with Boie inside.

For weeks now – not in any systematic way – we’ve been following rivers towards their mountain sources – Rio Grande, Dolores, San Miguel – and now the Gunnison River.

Now that we’re out of the harsh desert southwest, we’re crawling up the spine of the Rockies now. Here’s a few of the places we’ve enjoyed in the last few weeks:

Black Canyon National Park: (off the SOB Draw Trail)


same shot, different foreground:

_DSC3318Boie’s lair:


Just off BCNP North Rim – cattle drive (how the West was lost):


Sunrise on the San Juan’s, from Hermit’s Rest – Curecanti National Recreation Area:


San Juan’s, from Ridgway, Colorado (a great little town!)


The San Juan’s from a lovely park in the center of Ridgway, Colorado: (classic western movies like True Grit and How the West Was Won were shot here):


Apologies for the low quality photos, I sold my Canon camera and L lenses and am using a small Sony A6000.

All for now. Enjoy.

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