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14 June 2009

Sunday Morning Gallery - Mount Evans, Colorado

Mount Evans was our destination on one warm and sunny weekend. West of Denver, Colorado, Mount Evans reaches an altitude of 14,264 feet. It is so amazing that there is a road to the top of this fourteener, the highest paved road in all of North America. Originally there were plans to connect three fourteeners by highway, but this grandiose vision proved unfeasible.



For every 1,000 feet gained in elevation temperatures drop 3.5-5 degrees F and we were totally unprepared for the 26 degree blasting winds. I felt sorry for the motorcycle riders we met on top huddled against the stone wall out of the brutal wind, but they were bravely getting ready for their descent by warming their hands in their pockets.



This is the Crest House restaurant that was built in 1941. It burned down in 1979 but the stone remains are a delight to photograph.



With the numbing cold it was hard to keep the camera steady, but I was determined to get my shots. With regrets, and self recrimination at being so unprepared, I ran back to the car heater.



On the way back down we stopped to appreciate the beauty of the flat alpine tundra with hundreds of little pools reflecting the sky. My daughter was also smitten with the beauty and was doing her own shooting.



Have you been to Mount Evans or the top of any other mountains?

17 comments:

  1. Great post. Last year my wife and I went to the top of Mt. Washington. For me it was a new and really neat experience. Looking at your pictures I could hear the wind and feel the cold. Thanks

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  2. I would have loved that trip! Thanks for taking us with you, Julie!

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  3. Fantastic trip! So glad you shared it with us!
    Also, gorgeous pictures--even if you were shivering!

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  4. oh wow! looks like such an incredible place! you captured it beautifully! i can feel the cold!
    that restaurant looks like it was an awesome place!

    thanks for sharing julie! :)

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  5. For some reason, we never went to Mount Evans but of course went over Trail Ridge many, many times. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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  6. Thank you all for commenting! If you ever get the opportunity to drive up Mt. Evans don't miss it. The views are spectacular. Just remember your winter coat and gloves!

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  7. The shot of the remains of that restaurant fires my curiosity.

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  8. Oh wow, that is an incredible view Julie! Here I am with the a/c on and still feeling overheated. I should have joined you! That first shot would be awesome enlarged like a 30x40. My favorite is the fourth one though!

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  9. Absolutely incredible, Julie! Takes my breath away!

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  10. That last photo is perfecto, friend! Come visit me soon...we explored a waterfall on the Oregon coast this weekend--photos posted in the blog!

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  11. No reason for regrets here! Good job...

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  12. always and adventure with you! what a wonderful life you lead.. it really makes Colorado seem so wonderful! and that stone restaurant design is so cool. thank you Julie for taking your camera. HAppy week ahead, Marianne

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  13. Wish I could have taken you all with me! It was quite the experience!

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  14. Oh Julie each photo is stunning! I can almost feel the crisp, biting cold!

    I love the photo of the brick restaurant!

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  15. BEAUTIFUL Julie! I've been looking forward to seeing these! Beautiful... and brrrr.... :)

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  16. Wow, how beautiful Julie! You got some great shots even with the shivers!

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  17. lovely photographs! I have friends who hiked to the top and then discovered there was a parking lot! Colorado is a beautiful state.

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