Colorado | Images of our Adventures through the Mountains

Hello and happy Friday!
Derek is back on campus for classes and so I’m sitting in a wing of the science building, dreaming of Colorado.  D and I ventured to Silverton, CO with the ever-lovely Elizabeth – you’ve seen her river portraits and oh, how I would love to go back to that beautiful state!
I would love to show you every single image and could talk for hours about our adventures, the beauty of a hazy morning in the mountains, the hilarious inconveniences of camping, and the amazing individuals that made my heart well up with joy, but instead I’ll give you the three minute overview of our travels.  If you’re still itching to hear more of our adventures, contact me and we’ll go out for chai together.  :)
I traveled without my beautiful ‘big kid’ camera (gasp!), but I always had my Canon EOS M and an old film camera on my hip.  If you’re looking for a small camera that packs a punch, check out the EOS M – it’s a gem!  You can find an incredible and honest review on Dylan & Sara Photography’s blog.
And now, the images!  Get ready for a lot of random bits and pieces – it’s so difficult to compress a ten day trip into a single blogpost!  Here we go….
Every good adventure starts with donuts!
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Derek and Elizabeth were an absolute riot to travel with – every now and then we’d sit all three of us in the front of our trusty Buick.  The Buick was a star until the last bit of our trip where she started to get a bit flustered and overheated.
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2013-08-23_00282013-08-23_00092013-08-23_0024Our first CO stop was in Centennial, where we stayed with my dear friend Dani and tried our first bison burgers.  Proudly American.

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Garden of the Gods was incredible!  I’ve added it to my life dream list to photograph an engagement or wedding here someday. :) It was so fun to explore here with these two cool cats.
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The road to Silverton was looong but oh so beautiful!  We ventured up to Mt. Evans mid-way through our drive and met yellow-bellied marmots, they’re cute little fellows. :)
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Derek and I were photographed in our wedding get-ups by Brumley & Wells – I thought my heart was going to explode I was so happy.  Don’t fret, I’ll be sure to share images when we see them! :) Here’s one of the breathtaking locations we photographed at:
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And here’s our cozy camping space in the San Juan National Forest.
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I was sure I would be taller than at least one tree, but it took some searching to find the little guys!
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We found a really great rock pile by the river so we made our own.  Ours is the dinky little pile on the right – definitely not as cool but it was a lot more challenging than we thought it’d be!
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and a few more images to close out the post.  Colorado was gorgeous and I’d love to go back.  To the CO newly engaged, I left a piece of our hearts in the mountains, and Val and I would love to meet you and photograph your love story! ;)
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Someday I hope to be as well-traveled as these folks.  Adventures like these set my heart aglow. :)
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Stay lovely and go see the world!
Rachel

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