Mesa Verde & Petroglyphs

I had seen pictures of Mesa Verde from my parents' trip several years ago, so I couldn't quite understand the name; clay structures built into the cliff walls looked anything but green.  However, when we finally arrived, I saw the land was decorated with lush trees and stubby desert shrubs.…

Puebloan Sun and Moon

Being a photographer, of course I had certain plans on my agenda when we went to Mesa Verde (and really throughout our trip).  Wherever I go, I think about sunrise and sunset opportunities.  Every location is different, and I love the beautiful golden hours.  I try for sunrises and sunsets…

Cliff Dwellings

The next stop in our epic desert road trip was Mesa Verde.  I had seen pictures from my parents' previous visit - all red soil and thick ladders.  I was excited to see the famed cliff dwellings for myself, and they didn't disappoint! (more…)

Tundra Hiking

We didn't have any firm plans when we were in Grand Lake, but between canoeing and moose, my dad insisted we go on a tundra hike.  This is a unique type of hike, because you're above treeline, and the surroundings are very different from those we're used to at lower…

Grand Lake

To begin our awesome desert road trip, we stayed at my parent's cabin in Grand Lake for a few days.  While Columbine Lake was our home base, the surrounding area has a lot to offer outdoor adventurers. (more…)

Columbine Lake

I'm really excited to be starting in on this series.  My parents are moving away from their decades-long home in Colorado to spend their retirement in the Northwest, so we wanted one last chance to knock a few of our Rocky Mountain-ish bucket list items off our list.  My parents wanted in…