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June, 2013

Hiking Aspen Mountain

A couple weeks ago we were in Aspen for a friend’s wedding and I had a spare hour for a hike up Aspen Mountain that I turned into 3.  I know that hiking up Aspen Mountain isn’t any real big deal, but it sure was fun.  We didn’t know it until we got there, but they had reopened Aspen Mountain for skiing this weekend because the snow was really good up at the top. So, my hike just went up until the snow started.  Then I turned around and went back.  It was a great day, a great wedding and I look forward to returning to this beautiful valley.  A few pictures are below.

We went to the John Denver Memorial Garden, which was beautiful!

Then a hike up the ski area

Then I was playing with Adobe Lightroom again on an image at sunset on Independence Pass.  I don’t know it well enough yet to describe exactly what I did to make it look this way, but much like tying knots where “if you don’t know the knot, tie a lot” I tried a lot of things…

Before:

Independance Pass Before

Independence Pass Before

After:

Independance Pass After

Independence Pass After

I’d love to know what you think.

Encountering A Swarm of Bees in Hunter Canyon near Moab

Last weekend we were in Moab for almost a week playing and hiking and boating.  For one of our hikes we decided to head out Kane Creek Road to Hunter Canyon.  We’d heard it was a nice place to hike and that it recently had water flowing.  Today, it wasn’t flowing; it was stagnant and sort of icky which is no good when you have kids that love the water.  It was also hot and humid in the canyon.  But, the biggest issue we saw was about 60 yards past the register when we heard a really loud buzzing.  It got louder and louder as we kept going.  Until, we looked up and saw a swarm of MILLIONS of bees pouring up into the sky from an underground nest.  We quickly, stopped, turned around and then slowly walked back towards the trailhead.  We were done hiking here for the day.

Before I turned around, I shot this picture.  It’s not great, but I wasn’t gonna hang around for a masterpiece.  You can see all the blurry dots are bees… And the arch in the background.

Click to enlarge and see the bees in Hunter Canyon

Click to enlarge and see the bees in Hunter Canyon

We told the BLM and the visitor’s center, but probably they won’t do anything, so, be careful when you head out there.  Anyone ever see this out there before?

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