Mountains

(Trip Report) Mt. Sherman, Mt. Quandary, and Idaho Springs Adventures

          Many people have said that they think I am older than I actually am. I guess you could say I'm an anomaly for my generation. I've never gone to a party, clubs aren't my scene I really don't do much in life from the perspective of people who have or live that kind of lifestyle, but it couldn't be further from the truth. I have lived in two other countries, I'm starting my own business, and I'm living the life I had always dreamed of, I am more content with the life I'm living than many of my peers. I find peace and solitude in the silence of the forest, and the perfection of the beauty of a new sunrise in the summer.

         So that is precisely where I spend my time, and even though I didn't get to hike so much this summer because of my busy work load, I still made an effort to savor the beauty of this place. I also love introducing new people to this world of adventure. I took an old friend up Mt. Sherman, with hopes to reach the summit by sunrise. As is tradition, I left a bit too late, and both of us were moving slow at first, but we were two of maybe 10 people on the peak that day, and we were down as the clouds started rolling in.

          Mt. Sherman marked my 11th 14er and Savannah's first.

We watched the slow sunrise from the trail. I think I could have driven my Subaru further up. It is a Jeep trail, but it looked very well maintained and relatively flat.

We watched the slow sunrise from the trail. I think I could have driven my Subaru further up. It is a Jeep trail, but it looked very well maintained and relatively flat.

Mt. Sherman Alpine Flowers
Mt. Sherman adventure
Mt Sherman Summit
Mt. Sherman Mines

          It seems as if every mountain I hike takes me into a different world; A past life, a different country even. Mt. Quandary did not disappoint for many reasons. Primarily in that it looked like we had stepped into Oregon or Washington state. I love how green some of the hikes I do are. I recall hiking Lawn Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, and I was obsessed with the moss, the greenery, and all the flowers, and Quandary was very much the same. Unfortunately this hike, from lack of high altitude exposure since coming back, or from a lack of exercise over the last year, I got altitude sickness. 

          I had never gotten altitude sickness before, which is why I believe it to be a result of my time at sea level, perhaps next year will be better. I'll have to start acclimating again, but I fully intend to hike all the 14ers in Colorado by the time I'm 30.

The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can.

The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can.

Mt. Quandary Breckenridge
Quandary Peak Summit

          I didn't get much of a view, we had fog, sleet, rain, and snow for most of my summit. It was no doubt beautiful in it's own way, but I would have loved to see those valleys and mountains. Of course as soon as I got back down to the ridge, the clouds blew over and exposed the summit. I guess that's what I get for being cautious.

          The last time I posted a trip report, I had written about my boyfriend and his family, and well, we went off roading once again. Eric's dad said to me that I basically wrote their family's summer travel log, and here I go again, but this one is much shorter. This time was actually Andrew's first time taking his Jeep out since rebuilding it, we didn't get very far before engines started to overheat, so, just to be smart, we headed down the way we came to meet up with his parents and grandmother for a lunch at the lake in Georgetown.

4-wheeling Colorado Jeep

One last thing before I close this one out, all of these images were taken on my Sony a6300 with an 18-55mm lens. For the photographers out there who are skeptical of going mirrorless or for the adventurers out there who want something to capture your good times, I highly recommend going for a mirrorless camera over a DSLR or point and shoot. 

{Senior} Leah Deminski; Evergreen, Colorado

Leah and I have been friends for a long time, I've photographed her family over the last few years, and she and I went to school together, and now, this bright, young woman is in her final year of high school! I am so honored to have gotten to take your photos, to see you grow up, change, and overcome obstacles of life has been so fun. I really do hope for nothing but the best for you, Leah. I hope you find great success, that you get into your dream college, and that you follow your passions!

{Engagement} Shawna and Jason; Mt. Evans, Colorado

I have amazing clients. And that's an understatement. I get the clients that brave the weather, hike mountains and are willing to go just about anywhere for the perfect shot.

Shawna and Jason were seriously the best. We had to reschedule maybe two or three times due to snow, road closures, and a late winter season, we finally got to go up Mt. Evans! Rain was in the forecast and we considered rescheduling again, but we decided to just roll with it, and it ended up being incredible.

It was rainy, moody, foggy, and the higher up we went, the more like Iceland it began to look. But then we got to Summit Lake, and it started to pour, hard. So we waited it out a bit, and drove up a bit higher to the summit. I had hoped to hike up to the top for those breath-taking views, but the fog was rolling in quick, so we headed back down.

It ended up being perfect timing as we made our way down, the fog broke up, a rainbow came out, and when we got back to the lake, the sun made its first appearance and I have never been happier

This is probably one of the most photo-heavy blogs I've written simply because I am so in love with all of their photos! If you are the adventurous type and want this kind of a session, please, don't hesitate to call me! I love the mountains, adventures, and people in love!

{Trip Report} Aspen, Devil's Head, Sailing, and Off Roading

I love the outdoors, and I fully believe that we have some of the most amazing landscapes being so close here in Denver. It’s no wonder why we’re growing by 5,000 people each month! With all the cute little coffee shops, over 7,000 microbreweries, and one of the most creative cities, it’s a wonderful place to be inspired.

And while the city is a madhouse of everything amazing, I find myself spending any free time I can in the outdoors and in our national forests. I am moved with every sunrise and sunset that lights the sky on fire, and I find peace in the silence that the trails have to offer.

I haven’t gotten out as much as I would have wanted this summer, you all have been keeping me busy with weddings and sessions nonstop, but thankfully, some of these weddings have been in the mountains, and the drives are incredible. A part of me wants to hire either an assistant, or convince my man to come with me so they can drive, and I can take pictures out the window!

Since I’m catching up with posts from the summer, I decided to share several trips in one blog starting with an Aspen adventure. I had the honor to shadow Jason and Gina wedding photographers this summer for a beautiful wedding. First of all, they are so incredibly kind and friendly, and it was so wonderful to learn from them and see how other photographers work. This entire summer has been a season of learning and growing in what I do, and I’m so grateful for that.

The drive up was beautiful, as is expected from Colorado. I had hoped to leave early enough to stop along the way to take pictures and adventure a little bit, but I woke up late, got out the door late, and hit the weekend traffic at its peak. But regardless, it was beautiful.

I am very grateful to be dating a man with the desire to be outdoors. I am also grateful that his family is the same way. Eric and I got to know each other on a hike up Longs Peak and had our first kiss while 4-wheeling up Radical Hill, and for the past two years, we have gotten out for mountain drives, hikes, sailing, and various adventures in the great outdoors. This last summer we went on a short hike up Devil’s Head, it had been years since I’d gone up, and we got to take two of the sweetest dogs up with us, Riley and Cannon. I would love to have a dog someday.

Eric’s family is also into sailing. The last time we went, we tipped the boat over which resulted in a very long, cold attempt to flip it back over, so I was definitely hesitant to get in the water again and still am, but it was still good to spend time on the beach of the Aurora Reservoir talking and hanging out.

I also got to join them for the 4th of July. Eric’s uncle was in town and we decided to go 4 wheeling out by Boulder, just a week before the fire down there.

 

It was another beautiful summer for Colorado. Until next year, dear friend, for now I will be curled up in blankets with hot chocolate and soup for the next 6 months.