Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, 2012
On Saturday morning, Amanda and I took a leisurely drive over Kebler Pass to spend a nice and relaxed weekend in the Elk Mountains just outside of Crested Butte.
On our way, I stopped a few times along Kebler Pass to take photos of the many aspen trees found here.
A view along Kebler Pass Road. It’s been a few years since I came this way to photograph the fall colors, so I think I might need to return again in a few months…
After reaching Crested Butte, we continued through town and then followed the Slate River up to the Paradise Divide. This was where we were planning on camping, so we found a spot and setup our tent before the afternoon storms started. We had a great view from camp!
After setting up camp, we took our time and drove down into Paradise Basin and then continued over Schofield Pass and then to Gothic. When we made it back to Crested Butte we stopped at The Brick Over Pizzeria for an early dinner and then drove back up to camp to relax for the evening.
As we drove back up Paradise Basin, I stopped for a photo of the dramatic light on Mount Baldy.
There were a lot of clouds in the sky blocking the light at sunset, but some light did manage to peek through for a few minutes…and I was there waiting to catch it.
A closer look at the beautiful light striking Mount Baldy.
While waiting to see if the sun would make another appearance, this rainbow appeared over the Slate River Valley, and I was able to catch it’s reflection in the pond.
Here’s another Mount Baldy reflection I took before hiking away from the small pond for the evening.