Trailridge Closes Tomorrow.

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Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Nearest Area
FOREST CANYON OVERLOOK
Town
ESTES PARK
Description

THIS IS A FUNNY STORY. I HAD BEEN SHOOTING THE FALL COLOR IN GLACIER GORGE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS BECAUSE THE COLOR IS THE BEST THERE IN MY OPINION. I HAD NOT GONE UP TRAIL RIDGE RD THE WHOLE SEASON SO I DECIDED TO HEAD UP THERE EVERY OTHER DAY UNTIL IT CLOSED DUE TO SNOW. I HEADED UP AT 230 LIKE NORMAL BUT WHEN I GOT TO ESTES THE WIND WAS SO BAD I TURNED AROUND. I WENT A COUPLE OF MILES AND SAID OH HECK IM HERE I MIGHT AS WELL GO, SO I TURNED AROUND AND CONTINUED ON. I GOT ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY UP TRIALRIDGE AND THE WIND WAS WORSE. I TURNED AROUND AGAIN AND DID THE SAME THING ONLY TO TURN AROUND AGAIN AND GO ALL THE WAY UP. STILL DARK I PULLED OVER AND THE WIND WAS SO BAD I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WOULD BLOW THE TRUCK OFF THE EDGE. IT ROCKED LIKE I HAVE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD. I KNOW THAT DOWN OVER THE SIDE OF THE MT WAS A SINGLE ROCK OUTCROPPING. I THOUGHT I MAY BE ABLE TO SHIELD MYSELF FROM THE WIND IF I COULD GET DOWN THERE. I GOT READY AND SLOWLY OPENED THE DOOR WITH BOTH HANDS AND HELD ON WITH ALL MY MIGHT. I GOT OUT AND STARTED AT ABOUT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE TO GET TO THE OUTCROPPING. IT WAS 23 DEGREES WITHOUT THE WINDCHILL. I PULLED MY BALKOLVA DOWN FOR JUST A SECOND TO GET A BREATH BUT IT WAS SO COLD I COULD NOT TAKE A BREATH. I MADE IT TO THE OUTCROPPING AND SET MY TRIPOD AS LOW AS IT WOULD GO AND HELD ON. WHAT A LIGHT SHOW THAT MORNING. THE CLOUDS ON THE LEFT NEVER SEEMED TO MOVE AND THE ONES ON THE RIGHT WERE SAILING BY. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO SEE THAT ALL UNFOLD. I SAW ONE CAR COME UP AFTER ME AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE HEADLIGHTS IN THE LOWER RIGHT. I SHOT THIS AS A THREE PANEL PANORAMA. THIS LOOKS OUT AT THE FOREST CANYON OVERLOOK WITH LONGS PEAK IN THE BACKGROUND. THE WINDS WERE 60 TO 80 MILES AND HOUR WITH GUSTS EXCEEDING THAT. I SPENT ABOUT THREE HOURS HERE UNTIL I WAS TO COLD TO MOVE. TRAILRIDGE CLOSED THE NEXT DAY DUE TO DRIFTING SNOW. I HAVE A BRAND NEW 140.00 LEE GND FILTER HOLDER WAITING UNDER THE SNOW FOR ME TO GO GET IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS. I LOVE DAYS LIKE THIS AS THEY ARE THE ONES I WILL NEVER FORGET.

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Date Added
December 22, 2014
Date Taken
December 22, 2014
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