In mid-October, I drove over to Colorado to visit an old friend from college. He lives in a little town called Oak Creek a few miles southwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The weather was beautiful – cool, crisp autumn with blue skies. My friend, whose name is also Tim, retired there a few years ago, and this was the first time I made it over to see him in his home. Tim is a real outdoors kind of guy, so we planned a nice hike up in the Flat Top Mountains, southwest of Oak Creek.
Unfortunately, yours truly messed up his knee a bit a few days prior to the trip. (I was getting something out of the bed of my truck and jumped out of the bed off the tailgate. Guess the older knees didn’t like that.)
So, we made the hike a bit easier; we still had a great time, though. The scenery was wonderful, but I was about a week late for peak fall colors. The hike had two awesome highlights. The first was that my buddy got a great laugh when I slipped on a rock while crossing a stream. My right foot went right off that algae covered rock into the very cold water!
Tim asked me if my boots were waterproof, and I replied, “Yes, but not when they go in over the tops!” Lots of laughing followed. Then, when we stopped a little father up the trail so I could get the water out of my boot, there was even more laughter! Especially when I poured the water out onto the ground. At least my foot didn’t get hot on the hike! 🤣
The second highlight was when we spotted a large cow moose across a pond. She was busy grazing in the pond, and she seemed wholly unconcerned about us.
Besides having to dry out my boots, the hike was great with no ill effects on my knee. That evening, we went into Steamboat Springs and had some great Mexican food with lots of fun conversations.
The next day, we decided to spend more time on photography as both Tim and I are quite passionate about our mutual hobby. It’s amazing that we get along as he is a dedicated Cannon guy, and I am a dedicated Nikon guy. 😉 Tim and I took a drive down CO 131 out of Oak Creek, and it wasn’t long before we found some subject matter.
I really had fun photographing with Tim because we would both find different things that caught our eyes. Then we would tromp off to get “the shots”.
Tim has lived in Oak Creek for about 5 years now, so he really knows the area and the cool sights. What I found especially interesting was how we would both see the same thing but end up making very different compositions. This was a blast to watch each other work!
I really don’t know how many photos we took in this small section of the drive out of Oak Creek, but we spent quite a bit of time here. We kept finding new scenes and subjects.
We decided to finally move on and continued our drive. Later that day, as we were rounding a curve on Colorado 14, I stopped the car and pulled over. Tim was wondering what I saw, and I told him to take a look ahead, down the road. This is what I saw.
Hopefully, you’ll agree that I have saved the best for last. Back near our first stop on CO 131, there was a very prominent rock formation over past the rail tracks on the east side of the road. Tim and I both spent considerable time scoping out the best views. Here is what I thought would work.
Well, that is about it for my trip to Oak Creek. What a fun long weekend! Spending time with Tim was really wonderful, and I so enjoyed the time we spent together on our photography. This is definitely something that we need to do again. I haven’t photographed with a colleague since the last time Tim and I got together in Steamboat Springs many years before he retired there. The mental collaboration was pretty cool. I really would like to see his photos. He just started using a mirrorless Cannon and really seems to love it!
Hopefully, you all enjoyed the post. I had a blast doing this.
2022 is nearly history now, so I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow my blog. You inspire me so much, and I really cannot say how much these friendships mean to me. Thank you, and have a wonderful and safe New Year!