Image data from Kyle Asfahl

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Western Pilgrimage Pt. VII: CO

A stoic co-pilot #2. US HWY 40, CO. 2011.8

Proper bike-theft prevention. Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

This is the 'Boat. Routt County, CO. 2011.8

Rural Routt County, CO. 2011.8

Routt County yurt lifestyle. 2011.8

Routt county rural substrate. 2011.8

Into the aspen groves. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Unidentified seed pod. Mica basin, Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Alpine hiking is hard work. Mica basin, Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Fine place for a camp. Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Lake in all her evening glory. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

My favorite, rewarding her feet after a long hike. Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Drinking water. Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Captain McIntosh knows alpine campfires. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Sunrise portrait of Little Agnes in a calm Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Steady as she goes, an inch at a time (Castilleja occidentalis). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Partytime Stega, a native of Routt County, does his yoga in the Mica basin morning sunlight. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Pico finds the important things in the alpine. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Valerian (Valeriana spp.). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Early blue violet (Viola adunca). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Favorite's favorite rock. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

The sunny alpine meadows of Mica Basin are filled with fun rocks. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

A shot for the Moms. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Pico obviously had concerns about Captain McIntosh's alpine lake polar bear dip. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Lake benthic view. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Warming up after a cold dip in Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

State flower, Colorado columbine (Aquilegia coerulea). Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Captain McIntosh and afternoon light in the aspens. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

The glittery, mica-laden substrate of Gilpin Creek. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Near Fishcreek Falls, just outside Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

The Routt County countryside can be so tiring. 2011.8

"See ya!" Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

Dropping down out of South Central Wyoming lead us into the seamingly boundless high country of Northern Colorado.  Family hospitality, natural hot springs and a backpacking trip to the alpine with Captain McIntosh were a welcome reprieve from the long stretches of asphalt that had brought us West.  This post is about summertime Colorado lifestyle.

 

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quiet alpine

Colorado's Elk Mountains from 40k feet at 500 mph. 2011.3


The ‘boat

Butcherknife Alley. Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.1


Bro-therly Thanksgiving on the Ozark Highlands Trail 2008

Typic Ozark National Forest. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

A frequently sighted Ozark NF green-globe moss. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Bear country, Hare mountain summit. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Enough lichen for everyone. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

60+ year old cars with bullet-holes miles from any road are just one thing you might find. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Our camp skylight. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Wilderness ninja training on the balance beam. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Captain McIntosh, Leave-No-Trace professional. We had a fine fire and slept right here the previous night. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

This thieving tree victimized Seth. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Remnant of a recent fall. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Royal stone seating for several at the Briar Branch lunch stop. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Mmmmmmm. Trail coffee. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Wilderness mirror. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

That night, Captain McIntosh ignited his Chi and exposed the forest to an energy rarely seen. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

We awoke in the Briar Branch Cul-de-sac to thousands of these ephemeral beauties. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

At the Cul-de-sac. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

The owner of this web was probably not trying to catch snow. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

The famous Briar Branch Magic Green Carpet ride. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Bronti waiting patiently at Lick Branch. OHT, Franklin County, AR. 11.2008

Fall 2008 found me and Captain McIntosh longing for a redeux of our Ozark Highlands Trail Thanksgiving backpacking trip.  For this adventure, we picked up where we left off at Cherry Bend and headed into the sea of muted colors that is the Ozark National Forest in November.


Summit County B&W 2006

The only chairlift that would fit the whole crew. Keystone, White River NF, CO. 2006.1

A satisfied Brett feeling the cold. Breck, White River NF, CO. 2006.1

Looks cozy up there. Breck high slopes, White River NF, CO. 2006.1

North across the peaks of the Tenmile Range from the Peak 9 summit. White River NF, CO. 2006.1

The sun sets on another great day of snow in Summit County. White River NF, CO. 2006.1

Antoine, his cousin Brett, Cole, Erica and I headed to Summit County, Colorado in January 2006.  At the time, this annual pilgrimage in search of ridable snow was a sure bet for trouble of the best kind.


Mochachocolatte Suprise 2007

Typic eastern Colorado. I-70. 2007.1

Downtown Breckenridge, CO. 2007.1

A-Basin, White River NF, CO. 2007.1

Summit County nonsense with Anthony and Kyle, A-Basin, White River NF, CO. 2007.1

Cold Morning in Keystone, CO. 2007.1

Keystone, CO. White River NF. 2007.1

Our intrepid explorers head to Summit County in colorful Colorado with their snowboards for more sideways-sliding shenanigans.


Crested Butte 2005

Sierra Grande, HW 64/87, New Mexico. 2005.1

Sunset in the town of Mt. Crested Butte, CO. 2005.1

Serious about sandwiches. 2005.1

One day of snow. 2005.1

Vintage Anthony. 2005.1

Looking north of Crested Butte. Gunnison NF, CO. 2005.1

Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison NF, CO. 2005.1

Gunnison NF, CO. 2005.1

In the Banana Chutes, Crested Butte, Gunnison NF, CO. 2005.1

A good place for a snack. High on the flanks of Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison NF, CO. 2005.1

Rewarded with a sunset after digging out the Jeep. 2005.1

HW 64/87, New Mexico. 2005.1

Antoine, Grant and I headed west looking for snow in January 2005.  With more than 6 feet of snow in the 9 days we were at Crested Butte, you might say we got more than we bargained for.  These images were all scanned from film negatives.