Apparently the story is that the old mining town was dying so they decided to change it into a ‘Bavarian’ looking town and a tourist destination. It worked 🙂 The surrounding area is actually pretty nice too.
I was in Leadville, Colorado earlier today. No hike this time but I spent the night and part of the day in that area for altitude acclimation. I saw that old forgotten poem by Walt Whitman in a coffee house…
“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road.”
Capitol Reef, Utah is actually a desert (it receives barely 7 inch of rain per year) and has very little light pollution. Great place for night photography. Not the best time of the year though; apparently May-September is better for some reason.
Also it was -11c degree at night so I was freezing my butt. Did two sessions; one between 9pm-10pm and the other between 1am-2am.
February 16th-17th, 2018
Short road trip to Capitol Reef, Utah with the Jeep and my brand new tires 🙂
Drove along the Cathedral Valley Road up to the Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun. Then I retraced a few miles and cross over to the Hartnet Rd (a bit rough but lots of fun) to check out both Lower & Upper Cathedral Valley overlook. Finally I exited the area via the north back to I70…