Glorious Colorado!

Last fall, Tom and I ventured out on an exploratory trip out to Colorado … more on that in a later blog.  In 2015, during the fall, we visited the Asheville, NC area just in time for the fall colors and we were hoping to get the same out west.  Fall colors are much like the weather in south Florida … if you don’t like what you have right now, just wait a few or travel just a bit down the road (or in the case of CO, change your elevation) and you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for.  We decided to meet up woth a friend in the Snowmass area, which wasn’t far from our base in CO.  The colors along the road couldn’t have been much prettier._dsc1252After our arrival at Snowmass Village and a wonderful dinner with friends, we grabbed a few winks before our alarm went off at 2 am, indicating that it was time to get ready for our adventure to Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness Area .. for some astro photography.  It was fabulous out there with the stars and the Milky Way out, but it was a bit cloudy at times, which challenged me in capturing the MW the way I had envisioned. _dsc7792Either way it was a fun time … freezing my butt off!  We stayed there until the sun came up.  Once the sunrise time was near, the place was filling up quite quickly.  Before I knew it, we looked like the combat fisherman I see on the Russian River in Alaska fishing for salmon.  LOL.  However challenging it was to not get other photographers in my shots, it was still worth it.  I mean, who could blame anyone for being out there for the sunrise show, right?_dsc1135Tom and I then returned to Snowmass and I took a walk around town – with my camera of course._dsc1153There’s something so special to me about aspen trees, especially in the fall when their golden leaves begin falling and collect on the green grass below._dsc1160We were headed towards our base in Grand Junction, but decided to take the long way home, which is incidently the more adventurous way.  The scenery was spectacular along our drive.  The fall colors were just beginning to emerge in the lower elevations._dsc1187_dsc1192_dsc1210In the higher elevations, the stands of aspens, cottonwoods, and other trees shooting up towards the sky were undeniably beautiful.  This was truly “God’s Country”, as they say._dsc1254Along Highway 133 we came across the Redstone Coke Oven Historic District, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.  Enough said … Tom had to stop and learn about the area.  These coke ovens were built at the end of the 19th century by Colorado Fuel & Iron.  The town purchased the land in the early 2000’s in an effort to preserve the history and actually restored 4 of them to their original appearance.img_1993img_1990It was hard to push ourselves down the road on our journey to Grand Junction with such beautiful sights to see along the way.  But rest assured, there are many beautiful places to visit and experience in Colorado.  🙂img_1999Next Up:  Join us up on the Colorado National Monument

© 2017 TNWA Photography / Debbie Tubridy


2012 Review: PART 6 – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012

We eventually had the destination of the 2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta on our agenda. What we didn’t plan for was the flu bug to invade my body and make me feel so tired, sore, and overall, yucky!  Oh well, time to feel all sick and all just would have to wait.  I pushed through the malaise and set out each morning we attended at the ripe hour of 4am to drive to the shuttle site, board the bus, and arrive, in the pitch dark, to the site of the event.  It was my first time attending and it was quite amazing and left all of us in awe of the beauty and passion of the event.  Never have I seen that many hot air balloons!  So many colors, so many shapes, so many people!  Incredible experience!  Brought me back to our first hot air balloon flight, several years back in Lake Tahoe area, when I literally thought that I would fall out of the balloon as it swayed in the air.  Of course, it was nothing like that, and I could only describe the experience as one of the most peaceful and surreal experiences I have ever had.  If you’ve never done that, and you seek adventure, it’s not too late to add it to your “to do” list for 2013.

Welcome to the 2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!
Welcome to the 2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!


So many colors ....
So many colors ….
So many people ....
So many people ….
So many shapes ....
So many shapes ….
It's a crowded place for the balloons too!
It’s a crowded place for the balloons too!
Dawn Patrol participant
Dawn Patrol participant
A view from below
A view from below
So many hot air balloons .... over 600 in all.  The largest hot air balloon event in the world!
So many hot air balloons …. over 600 in all. The largest hot air balloon event in the world!
So fascinating!
Stay tuned for the final blog on the 2012 Review:  Part 7