The drive up was exasperating. It may have been one of my scariest experiences driving ever. I was having trouble sleeping the night before, so I was up till the wee hours of the morning researching cool spots to photograph in Colorado. After some time, I decided I would take a day trip to Mt. Evans and try to capture the “Blue Moon” from 14,000 feet above sea level. I was operating on pure adrenaline by the time I was driving up the pass. I was physically exhausted, sleep deprived, and running on fumes.
I caught the sunrise and the moonset in one photographic frame, I gasped for breath and watched the sun pull back the shade on the night to reveal an ocean of mountaintops as far as the eye could see. I explored the ruins of an old restaurant that burnt down in the 1950’s and offered to take a portrait of a couple who were openly regretting not having their camera with them. I emailed them the image, but I never heard back from them. Perhaps they googled me and saw something they didn’t like. I don’t know. I broke a lens trying to take a self-portrait in high winds, and my knuckles ached from gripping that giant VW bus steering wheel, a nervous reaction to the extremely steep drops and sharp curves. I can’t remember ever being more scared driving a vehicle, and I have driven some crazy things in my time. Mt. Evans is unique in that it is one of the few summits that stand over 14,000 feet above sea level and can be accessed by a paved road. It’s an amazing place with thousand year old bristle cone pine trees, breathtaking vistas, and abundant wildlife. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely check it out.