Sometimes your plans fall through.

 

So, my plans fell through for the the trip to the Canyonlands.  It was ultimately my fault.  Even though I went through the reservation with out a hitch (or so I though), I muset have missed a asceen that prompted me to pay for my pass, but I swear i only  saw an option to pay when I picked it up at the office.  I received an email telling me that my reservations were canceled!  I tried to re-book my campsites, but alas, in the few hours that it took for me to get the email and get online, the bookings were… booked.  If it was going to be that busy then I just figured it might be best to sit this one out.  So what I have I been up to in the meantime?

Quite a bit.

I recently upgraded my older camera system for a newer one.  One that is smaller and lightweight.  It is a mirrorless system and is much more compact than the traditional DSLR’s out there, and since I plan to travel light and backpack quite a bit, I figured it would make a great addition to my gear and would allow me to capture my adventures with greater quality. Since I wasn’t going to the Canyonlands, I figured it would be a great idea to go to another nearby National Park.  The Great Sand Dunes National Park is only about an hour and a half from here.  I got some camping equipment and decided to take some photos of the night sky.  I’m very new at astrophotography, but it is one of my favorite forms of photography.  I’ll get better as I develop my skills, but for now I’m not too upset with the trial results.

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Hey, heads up, if you really like what you see… just remember, I can sell you a full sized print!  Just get in touch with me!

 

Back to the story.  So I drove out to the Sand Dunes, made a quick side trip into Creststone, and basically just romped around the San Juan Valley for the night.  I got home around 3:00 am, but it was still a blast and I’d do it again.

 

I also went on a feral hog/music picking hunt with my family and friends in Arkansas.  My uncle has a hunting property up there on the Mississippi River and we had a great time hunting feral pigs and playing music.  My best friend from elementary school even got to go and we had a great time catching up.

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After I got back from this trip, only a week later I was in Crested Butte at a free Leftover Salmon concert.  It was fantastic, but then, several days later, I was invited to a free party at someone’s house in Crested Butte.  They built a sled luge, a ski jump, and had a DJ, free food, and booze.  Let’s just say it was a blast.  I had my camera with me and I capture a few shots of the event.  About 800 to be exact, but who’s counting?  I think the dogs were having as much fun as the people!

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Overall, even though I didn’t get to do my desert trip, it has still been a great time.  This weekend I may do something more adventurous, though.  I might try an early spring mountain summit!

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