The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. ~Jack London
Over the summer a good friend and I were lucky enough to spend 7 awe-inspiring days immersed in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
With nothing but packs on our backs, a camera, and two canteens, we made nature our home for a whole week.
No emails, no internet, no phone service, just winding, treacherous trails that led up into the foggy unknown. Our only focus was putting one foot in front of the other and pushing on. Some parts were difficult. There were a few times we collapsed onto the wet rocky trails, sore and exhausted. But after a quick rest, we kept on and were finally met with some of the most amazing views in the world.
That made the pain well worth it. We had no worries (except for the possibility of bears mauling us in the middle of night. I knew I shouldn’t have watched “The Revenant” before I came. Damn you, Leo).
The weather was cool, overcast and foggy a good portion of the time and it rained on us a night or two. But that just added a little flavor to the experience as a whole.
It still beat being indoors, sitting around waiting for the clock to release us from our day jobs. We felt alive as all humans do when we’re thrown back into our original state, deep in the wilderness.
As the great Jack Kerouac once reminded us: “in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
So we did. Here are some photo’s I was able to snap while out in the Rockies and hopefully they’ll convince you to go get lost in them next summer.
Bluebird Lake. Roundtrip trail is 12.6 miles. It’s one of the most amazing hikes in the whole park.“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.” ~ Hermann HesseWe ran into this beautiful monster while hiking. He scared the hell out of us at first.“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” ~WhitmanThe wildflowers are everywhere in August. You definitely won’t be hard up trying to find beautiful photos. Just look around, point & shoot! Enjoying the serenity and solitude at Bluebird Lake.
When you make it the top, you see eternity.The fog was heavy in the AM as we made our hike from Bear Lake to Fern Lake (9.2 miles).Wildflowers for days! “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ~Kerouac“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ~ ThoreauMay your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. ~Edward Abbey It rained on us most of the night. We got about 2 hours of sleep. But the fog lifted soon after and gave way to an awesome sunrise.
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”