Joe Young Photography: Blog http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Joe Young Photography joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:07:00 GMT Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:07:00 GMT http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u186759923-o252449328-50.jpg Joe Young Photography: Blog http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog 120 120 Exhibit Reception February 8, 2013 http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2013/1/exhibit-reception-february-8-2013-1
http://www.burkearts.org/?page_id=33
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2013/1/exhibit-reception-february-8-2013-1 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:13:00 GMT
Exhibit Reception February 8, 2013 http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2013/1/exhibit-reception-february-8-2013
http://www.burkearts.org/?page_id=33
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2013/1/exhibit-reception-february-8-2013 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:13:00 GMT
9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain-2





I was selected again for the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.The artist reception was last Saturday. Last year I won Best of Show for a portrait of Eustace Conway. It was a very rewarding experience, especially since I had my wife with me. It was a little surreal to say the least.


This year a portrait I took of Bertha Moretz was selected. I did not win this year but to me the real prize was sharing the experience with one of my students, Chris Wood. He also entered and was selected for the exhibit. Out of over 1,000 entries, only a little over 40 was selected for exhibition. I think those odds were pretty impressive even though we both acted a little like sore losers. 


To be honest though it has always been my dream as an educator for my students to follow in my footsteps. Chris made me very proud. I hope he continues to go out and do wonderful things after graduation. And like all of my students, I hope he finds success in photography. If you want to check out some of his work his website is: www.ccharleswood.com



]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain-2 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:48:00 GMT
9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain-1





I was selected again for the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.The artist reception was last Saturday. Last year I won Best of Show for a portrait of Eustace Conway. It was a very rewarding experience, especially since I had my wife with me. It was a little surreal to say the least.


This year a portrait I took of Bertha Moretz was selected. I did not win this year but to me the real prize was sharing the experience with one of my students, Chris Wood. He also entered and was selected for the exhibit. Out of over 1,000 entries, only a little over 40 was selected for exhibition. I think those odds were pretty impressive even though we both acted a little like sore losers. 


To be honest though it has always been my dream as an educator for my students to follow in my footsteps. Chris made me very proud. I hope he continues to go out and do wonderful things after graduation. And like all of my students, I hope he finds success in photography. If you want to check out some of his work his website is: www.ccharleswood.com



]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain-1 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:48:00 GMT
9th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition and Exhibition http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain





I was selected again for the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.The artist reception was last Saturday. Last year I won Best of Show for a portrait of Eustace Conway. It was a very rewarding experience, especially since I had my wife with me. It was a little surreal to say the least.


This year a portrait I took of Bertha Moretz was selected. I did not win this year but to me the real prize was sharing the experience with one of my students, Chris Wood. He also entered and was selected for the exhibit. Out of over 1,000 entries, only a little over 40 was selected for exhibition. I think those odds were pretty impressive even though we both acted a little like sore losers. 


To be honest though it has always been my dream as an educator for my students to follow in my footsteps. Chris made me very proud. I hope he continues to go out and do wonderful things after graduation. And like all of my students, I hope he finds success in photography. If you want to check out some of his work his website is: www.ccharleswood.com



]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/4/9th-annual-appalachian-mountain Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:48:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit Opening http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening-2

Bethlehem Branch Library Exhibiting Artist Series
"Country Roads"
Collaboration by Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens
February 2nd thru March 29thth 2012
Opening Reception Opening Reception February 2nd 5:30-7:00 PM
Gallery Talk at 6:00 PM

The ongoing exhibitions of art and photography as "The Exhibiting Artist Series" at the Bethlehem Branch Library in Bethlehem, NC will feature "Country Roads", a unique collaboration of photography and poetry by Clayton Joe Young and Scott Owens from February 2nd through March 29th 2012. The exhibition includes a poetic pictorial book titled Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina (Blurb 2011). An Opening Reception to meet the artists will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. with a gallery talk at 6:00 PM.

Clayton Joe Young is currently the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Photographic Technology program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. In 2010, Young was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at CVCC. He has won numerous awards with the North Carolina Press Association and North Carolina Press Photographers Association. In 2011 he won Best in Show at the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. His photography captures the rich heritage of our region of North Carolina.

Hickory poet Scott Owens is the author of seven collections of poetry, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of "Musings", founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry. He has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and WFAE. His work has received numerous awards from the Academy of American Poets, the North Carolina Writer's Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and Poetry Society of South Carolina. He currently teaches creative writing at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina.

The Bethlehem Branch Library is located at 45 Rink Dam Road, Hickory, NC 28601 (Bethlehem, Alexander County). For more information contact 828-495-8753.
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening-2 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:09:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit Opening http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening-1

Bethlehem Branch Library Exhibiting Artist Series
"Country Roads"
Collaboration by Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens
February 2nd thru March 29thth 2012
Opening Reception Opening Reception February 2nd 5:30-7:00 PM
Gallery Talk at 6:00 PM

The ongoing exhibitions of art and photography as "The Exhibiting Artist Series" at the Bethlehem Branch Library in Bethlehem, NC will feature "Country Roads", a unique collaboration of photography and poetry by Clayton Joe Young and Scott Owens from February 2nd through March 29th 2012. The exhibition includes a poetic pictorial book titled Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina (Blurb 2011). An Opening Reception to meet the artists will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. with a gallery talk at 6:00 PM.

Clayton Joe Young is currently the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Photographic Technology program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. In 2010, Young was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at CVCC. He has won numerous awards with the North Carolina Press Association and North Carolina Press Photographers Association. In 2011 he won Best in Show at the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. His photography captures the rich heritage of our region of North Carolina.

Hickory poet Scott Owens is the author of seven collections of poetry, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of "Musings", founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry. He has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and WFAE. His work has received numerous awards from the Academy of American Poets, the North Carolina Writer's Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and Poetry Society of South Carolina. He currently teaches creative writing at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina.

The Bethlehem Branch Library is located at 45 Rink Dam Road, Hickory, NC 28601 (Bethlehem, Alexander County). For more information contact 828-495-8753.
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening-1 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:09:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit Opening http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening


 
Bethlehem Branch Library Exhibiting Artist Series
 
"Country Roads"
 
Collaboration by Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens
February 2nd thru March 29thth 2012
Opening Reception Opening Reception February 2nd 5:30-7:00 PM
Gallery Talk at 6:00 PM
 
 
 
The ongoing exhibitions of art and photography as "The Exhibiting Artist Series" at the Bethlehem Branch Library in Bethlehem, NC will feature "Country Roads", a unique collaboration of photography and poetry by Clayton Joe Young and Scott Owens from February 2nd through March 29th 2012. The exhibition includes a poetic pictorial book titled Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina (Blurb 2011). An Opening Reception to meet the artists will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. with a gallery talk at 6:00 PM.
 
 
Clayton Joe Young is currently the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Photographic Technology program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. In 2010, Young was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at CVCC. He has won numerous awards with the North Carolina Press Association and North Carolina Press Photographers Association. In 2011 he won Best in Show at the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. His photography captures the rich heritage of our region of North Carolina.
 
 
Hickory poet Scott Owens is the author of seven collections of poetry, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of "Musings", founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry. He has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and WFAE. His work has received numerous awards from the Academy of American Poets, the North Carolina Writer's Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and Poetry Society of South Carolina. He currently teaches creative writing at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina.
 
The Bethlehem Branch Library is located at 45 Rink Dam Road, Hickory, NC 28601 (Bethlehem, Alexander County). For more information contact 828-495-8753.
 
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2012/1/country-roads-exhibit-opening Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:09:00 GMT
Blurb Bookstore http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore-2 Blurb Bookstore. You can preview each book.]]> joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore-2 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:57:00 GMT Blurb Bookstore http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore-1 Blurb Bookstore. You can preview each book.]]> joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore-1 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:57:00 GMT Blurb Bookstore http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore I added all of my books to my Blurb Bookstore. You can preview each book.

 
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/blurb-bookstore Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:57:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural-2


Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina
A Collaboration Between Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens

Exhibition Dates Feb 2, 2012 - March 29, 2012
Bethlehem Branch Library, 45 Rink Dam Road, Suite A , Hickory, NC

Opening Reception Feb 2, 2012 (5:30 - 7:00 PM)

Gallery talk at 6:00 PM with poetry readings from Scott Owens and discussion with Clayton Joe Young.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring family and friends.]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural-2 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:43:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural


Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina
A Collaboration Between Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens

Exhibition Dates Feb 2, 2012 - March 29, 2012
Bethlehem Branch Library, 45 Rink Dam Road, Suite A , Hickory, NC

Opening Reception Feb 2, 2012 (5:30 - 7:00 PM)

Gallery talk at 6:00 PM with poetry readings from Scott Owens and discussion with Clayton Joe Young.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring family and friends.]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:43:00 GMT
Country Roads Exhibit http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural-1


Country Roads: Travels Through Rural North Carolina
A Collaboration Between Photographer Clayton Joe Young & Poet Scott Owens

Exhibition Dates Feb 2, 2012 - March 29, 2012
Bethlehem Branch Library, 45 Rink Dam Road, Suite A , Hickory, NC

Opening Reception Feb 2, 2012 (5:30 - 7:00 PM)

Gallery talk at 6:00 PM with poetry readings from Scott Owens and discussion with Clayton Joe Young.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring family and friends.
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/12/country-roads-travels-through-rural-1 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:43:00 GMT
The Latin American Heritage Camp http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp-2


































Our second part of our Colorado Rockies adventure happened at the heritage camp. The first evening involved registration, a first timers meeting, a market, and a traditional Latin American meal. Right away I can't count how many people came up to us and treated us like family. It felt like a warm homecoming. I was one of the photographers and talked to several of the other photographers. Several made fun of me because I had two cameras. I wasn't ready for battle but I wanted calibrate both cameras with the photo editor which he requested we take pictures of his watch (I am not sure how he creates a timeline from his watch but OK). I was told to take it easy and have fun.
More than anything I love watching and interacting with the other children and adults. Most of them where born in Guatemala. They all remind me of Abigail at different stages of her life. They were all so beautiful. We were hoping Abigail would make a lot of friends. What is funny though is that the best friend she made was born in South Korea, like her brother.
The camp was also great for Julie and I because learned a lot about Guatemalan traditions and more importantly how to deal with issues as Abigail gets older. What worries me more is not how we are treated with our children around strangers but how she will deal with confrontations when she is alone. When older, like all teenagers she will have to face self identity and people who are not nice. Let's not even talk about boys. I won't always be there to save from harm. Is this not what all fathers worry about?
I can't wait to go back again in a few years with Nate and also go to the Korean camp which is the previous week. I think we might drive though. I did not enjoy dragging around a car seat through mazes at the airport and I cannot count how many flight delays we had which included a flat tire on the plane.


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp-2 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:13:00 GMT
The Latin American Heritage Camp http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp-1


































Our second part of our Colorado Rockies adventure happened at the heritage camp. The first evening involved registration, a first timers meeting, a market, and a traditional Latin American meal. Right away I can't count how many people came up to us and treated us like family. It felt like a warm homecoming. I was one of the photographers and talked to several of the other photographers. Several made fun of me because I had two cameras. I wasn't ready for battle but I wanted calibrate both cameras with the photo editor which he requested we take pictures of his watch (I am not sure how he creates a timeline from his watch but OK). I was told to take it easy and have fun.
More than anything I love watching and interacting with the other children and adults. Most of them where born in Guatemala. They all remind me of Abigail at different stages of her life. They were all so beautiful. We were hoping Abigail would make a lot of friends. What is funny though is that the best friend she made was born in South Korea, like her brother.
The camp was also great for Julie and I because learned a lot about Guatemalan traditions and more importantly how to deal with issues as Abigail gets older. What worries me more is not how we are treated with our children around strangers but how she will deal with confrontations when she is alone. When older, like all teenagers she will have to face self identity and people who are not nice. Let's not even talk about boys. I won't always be there to save from harm. Is this not what all fathers worry about?
I can't wait to go back again in a few years with Nate and also go to the Korean camp which is the previous week. I think we might drive though. I did not enjoy dragging around a car seat through mazes at the airport and I cannot count how many flight delays we had which included a flat tire on the plane.


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp-1 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:13:00 GMT
The Latin American Heritage Camp http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp


































Our second part of our Colorado Rockies adventure happened at the heritage camp. The first evening involved registration, a first timers meeting, a market, and a traditional Latin American meal. Right away I can't count how many people came up to us and treated us like family. It felt like a warm homecoming. I was one of the photographers and talked to several of the other photographers. Several made fun of me because I had two cameras. I wasn't ready for battle but I wanted calibrate both cameras with the photo editor which he requested we take pictures of his watch (I am not sure how he creates a timeline from his watch but OK). I was told to take it easy and have fun.
More than anything I love watching and interacting with the other children and adults. Most of them where born in Guatemala. They all remind me of Abigail at different stages of her life. They were all so beautiful. We were hoping Abigail would make a lot of friends. What is funny though is that the best friend she made was born in South Korea, like her brother.
The camp was also great for Julie and I because learned a lot about Guatemalan traditions and more importantly how to deal with issues as Abigail gets older. What worries me more is not how we are treated with our children around strangers but how she will deal with confrontations when she is alone. When older, like all teenagers she will have to face self identity and people who are not nice. Let's not even talk about boys. I won't always be there to save from harm. Is this not what all fathers worry about?
I can't wait to go back again in a few years with Nate and also go to the Korean camp which is the previous week. I think we might drive though. I did not enjoy dragging around a car seat through mazes at the airport and I cannot count how many flight delays we had which included a flat tire on the plane.


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

 
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/latin-american-heritage-camp Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:13:00 GMT
The Colorado Rockies http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies-2

































































Finally I have taken my family out West to witness the grandness of the beauty a camera can't capture. The purpose of the trip was to take Abigail to a Latin American Adoption Heritage Camp. We thought we would spend a few days enjoying the sites before the camp.

We flew into Denver, rented a car, and started our journey to Estes Park, a gateway to the Rockies. I forgot how empty the traveling was with gas stations and restaurants far and few between. Somehow Abigail spotted a Chick-Fil-A which filled some hungry stomachs. I was surprised they had sweet tea and spicy chicken nuggets which I expect will hit Hickory in about six months.

Estes Park was not what we expected. The town had some history, including the haunted Stanley Hotel but lacked the charm and good food we hoped for. For supper we ate what tasted like a microwaved flip flop. Think of Gatlinburg going through a rough recession back in the '80s.

What Estes Park lacked the national park made up for. We saw elk everywhere, hiked through snow with a nice older couple. We also walked to several beautiful waterfalls.

The next day Julie drove across the park, over the highest road in the US, Trail Ridge Road. The road is only opened a few months during the year and was delayed because of a recent snow. For most of the two hour drive you are over the tree line. On one side of the road is a huge drop off, you either see the tops of trees or the sky. On the other side of the road is a huge snow drift, often much higher than car. We stopped and hiked in the snow a few times and took pictures. We saw more elk, rams, and a moose. It was incredible. It made Abigail sick.

We stopped at Grand Lake for lunch. The food was much better. It had more of a feel of an old Western town with streets from the days of cattle drives and rodeos.

I have to give credit to Julie for driving. Abigail is not the mountain climber I thought she was but it an adventure. We made it to the YMCA camp, Snow Mountain Ranch, for the heritage camp. The place is huge but not real photogenic due the pine beetles destroying most of the trees. It was still well worth the trip.



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies-2 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:08:00 GMT
The Colorado Rockies http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies-1

































































Finally I have taken my family out West to witness the grandness of the beauty a camera can't capture. The purpose of the trip was to take Abigail to a Latin American Adoption Heritage Camp. We thought we would spend a few days enjoying the sites before the camp.

We flew into Denver, rented a car, and started our journey to Estes Park, a gateway to the Rockies. I forgot how empty the traveling was with gas stations and restaurants far and few between. Somehow Abigail spotted a Chick-Fil-A which filled some hungry stomachs. I was surprised they had sweet tea and spicy chicken nuggets which I expect will hit Hickory in about six months.

Estes Park was not what we expected. The town had some history, including the haunted Stanley Hotel but lacked the charm and good food we hoped for. For supper we ate what tasted like a microwaved flip flop. Think of Gatlinburg going through a rough recession back in the '80s.

What Estes Park lacked the national park made up for. We saw elk everywhere, hiked through snow with a nice older couple. We also walked to several beautiful waterfalls.

The next day Julie drove across the park, over the highest road in the US, Trail Ridge Road. The road is only opened a few months during the year and was delayed because of a recent snow. For most of the two hour drive you are over the tree line. On one side of the road is a huge drop off, you either see the tops of trees or the sky. On the other side of the road is a huge snow drift, often much higher than car. We stopped and hiked in the snow a few times and took pictures. We saw more elk, rams, and a moose. It was incredible. It made Abigail sick.

We stopped at Grand Lake for lunch. The food was much better. It had more of a feel of an old Western town with streets from the days of cattle drives and rodeos.

I have to give credit to Julie for driving. Abigail is not the mountain climber I thought she was but it an adventure. We made it to the YMCA camp, Snow Mountain Ranch, for the heritage camp. The place is huge but not real photogenic due the pine beetles destroying most of the trees. It was still well worth the trip.



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies-1 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:08:00 GMT
The Colorado Rockies http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies

































































Finally I have taken my family out West to witness the grandness of the beauty a camera can't capture. The purpose of the trip was to take Abigail to a Latin American Adoption Heritage Camp. We thought we would spend a few days enjoying the sites before the camp.

We flew into Denver, rented a car, and started our journey to Estes Park, a gateway to the Rockies. I forgot how empty the traveling was with gas stations and restaurants far and few between. Somehow Abigail spotted a Chick-Fil-A which filled some hungry stomachs. I was surprised they had sweet tea and spicy chicken nuggets which I expect will hit Hickory in about six months.

Estes Park was not what we expected. The town had some history, including the haunted Stanley Hotel but lacked the charm and good food we hoped for. For supper we ate what tasted like a microwaved flip flop. Think of Gatlinburg going through a rough recession back in the '80s.

What Estes Park lacked the national park made up for. We saw elk everywhere, hiked through snow with a nice older couple. We also walked to several beautiful waterfalls.

The next day Julie drove across the park, over the highest road in the US, Trail Ridge Road. The road is only opened a few months during the year and was delayed because of a recent snow. For most of the two hour drive you are over the tree line. On one side of the road is a huge drop off, you either see the tops of trees or the sky. On the other side of the road is a huge snow drift, often much higher than car. We stopped and hiked in the snow a few times and took pictures. We saw more elk, rams, and a moose. It was incredible. It made Abigail sick.

We stopped at Grand Lake for lunch. The food was much better. It had more of a feel of an old Western town with streets from the days of cattle drives and rodeos.

I have to give credit to Julie for driving. Abigail is not the mountain climber I thought she was but it an adventure. We made it to the YMCA camp, Snow Mountain Ranch, for the heritage camp. The place is huge but not real photogenic due the pine beetles destroying most of the trees. It was still well worth the trip.



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
 

 
]]>
joeyoung0124@icloud.com (Joe Young Photography) http://www.joeyoungphoto.com/blog/2011/7/colorado-rockies Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:08:00 GMT