In 2012, my childhood friend, Duffy, got married. Luckily, he asked me to photograph the big event. How could I say no? After all, I had never visited Colorado before. So, I booked my trip making sure to include several extra days to travel. Duff was gracious enough to let me use their Jeep. The cliché was complete; me, my camera, and the open road. After being in Colorado Springs for the first few days, I was ready to head north to Denver. I called another childhood friend from my formative years, Eric. He picked me up at my hotel, and we hung out reminiscing until the wee hours of the morning. From there I stopped by Red Rocks, then headed south along the western side of the Rockies to the Great Sand Dunes. I was all alone, and it was magical. The dunes are massive; much bigger than they look from 10-miles away!
I definitely want a Jeep now. I drove to Cripple Creek one day and checked out some old mines and small shanties. I found a jeep path that went all the way back to Colorado Springs. It was narrow, but beautiful through the aspens. It was only wide enough for one vehicle.