I took a bit of a hiatus from posting any new blogs. My dad, who lives in Indiana, underwent surgery to have cancer removed, & my best friend had an emergency situation that same week. I went home for a week to be with my family & loved ones. When I returned to Colorado, I got quickly wrapped up in work & projects... But I promise, I'm here & I am here to stay!
I'm working on a few writing projects & National Park write ups. I visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with a girlfriend from high school & Rocky Mountain National Park with former coworkers from Texas Roadhouse. I was also invited to write a feature story for Women Who Hike (@womenwhohike, #womenwhohike), an Instagram group of women who seek to inspire each other through wilderness & adventure culture. We discussed briefly my story & how the wilderness changed my life & they requested that I send them a write-up with photographs. Sweet! I'm also looking to have contact/business cards made, as I meet new people every day who are curious about my photography & writings. Many of those people want to stay in contact, so I need to get those things designed & printed ASAP!
I also have some exciting plans coming for next summer, but I want to leave you in suspense a bit longer before I unveil my plan. In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from recent adventures with you all to inspire you to get outside & explore!
Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water that lies entirely within the Colorado state border. The reservoir is approximately 20 miles long, with 96 total miles of shoreline.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was established on October 21, 1999 & is truly a hidden gem of Colorado with 250,000 visitors annually. The canyon is the fifth steepest mountain descent in North America. Photographs do not do this beautiful park justice... at all. Photo by Christina Shack.
Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is the tallest sheer cliff in Colorado at 2,250 feet. This photograph was taken at sunset, which really illuminated the colors within the wall.
Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park reaches 14,259 feet at its summit & was first ascended in 1868 by John Wesley Powell. The mountain is named after explorer Stephen Harriman Long, an engineer, who discovered the mountain on an expedition in 1820. The peak itself is featured on the Colorado state quarter.
As we approached the end of the tree line, the snow was steep enough that trees were covered almost entirely, with just their tip-tops rising above the snow. In an Instagram post, I equated the sight to something magical from Narnia.
What you can't see in this photograph is the steep drop-off to the left of us as we walked this ridge. The trail was covered in snow & ice, so we took our time wading through the elements. Unfortunately, three miles from the summit, a thunderstorm began making its way over the mountain & we had to turn around to get below tree-line for our safety. Lightning kills approximately 11 people per year in Colorado (25% of all lightning casualties in the U.S. occur in Colorado), with half of those casualties resulting from being on mountain summits, under a lone tree, standing in a large open area, or by an area of water. As my friend Breana put it, "It's better to be the girls that turned around than the girls on the news."
Megan Elizabeth is a storyteller based in Kalispell, Montana. Take a peek at her blog & portfolio, drop her a line, & follow her story on Facebook & Instagram.