Anyway, I had a great weekend. I spent Saturday up in Estes Park for my friend (and old roomie) Jami's wedding. I decided to make good use of the trip and got up there early to take a hike. My destination was Bridal Veil Falls, just inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Parking was difficult, but I waited for a spot.
A little while into the 6.5 mile round-trip hike, I heard thunder. Being a meteorologist, you think that the sound would be enough to get me heading back to the car. However, I rationalized that the country behind me was a lot more open and the hike would lead me into a partially sheltered ravine. So, I continued on ... and got soaked. Luckily, I remembered to bring a zip-loc bag to keep my wallet, camera, and phone in. I was in shorts and didn't have a jacket or poncho, however. So, I got pretty wet.
The rain ended as I reached the falls. I didn't really take any photos until I had ascended the rocks on the side of the falls and could get on top. I found another cascade up there.
On the way back, the sun came out and illuminated the beautiful golden aspen.
I made it to the wedding on time and it was wonderful. I'm incredibly happy for Jami and everyone seemed to have a good time. I even did some dancing at the reception with a couple of the bridesmaids. It was a great time!
On my way home, I decided I'd go to the Stanley Hotel (from The Shining) and try and get some photos. They turned out okay ... but I'm still learning to work within the limitations of my camera.
The upper cascades at Bridal Veil Falls.
Bridal Veil Falls from above and rain in the valley below.
The falls from below.
... and a few shots from the trip back down:
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The wedding procession.
Just playing around. The Hotel got me in the mood to make something ghostly.
So, all in all it was a fantastic day. I am very happy for Jami and spent an amazing day out in the elements.