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Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado 2011

On our first day, as we sat during lunch and looked at the views, Stephen saw this scene and casually said “I wonder how far that zig-zag trail goes”? telluride2

THAT zig zag trail leading up to that waterfall and beyond.

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Well, we found out.

Far.

But oh so much fun getting there.

Street view of Bridal Veil Falls. I took pictures of this 2 years ago and now we are about to hike up to them.

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Base of falls

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Almost there. A few more switchbacks to go.

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Snow. The air is so dry, that’s dust on the road with snowmelt under his feet.

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The sun shining through the mist below the house makes a great picture.

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This is the backside of the house. Telluride is down to the left of the house.
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Another view from the top. This is a box canyon. Mountains on all sides and Telluride in the bottom.

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I had to take about 50 pictures of the rest of the trail with all the snow.

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The sounds of that river and then going over the falls was mesmerizing.

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The back view of the house. More San Juans.

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Coming back down and looking up at the north face.

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Got to get my water pics!

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And more smoky water experiments. Slow the shutter speed, lower the ISO. It captures the slow motion of the water so it looks fluid and smokey but the surrounding rocks and grass are in focus. Lowering the ISO keeps too much light from blowing out the exposure. If the water fall is in shade, experiment with the ISO. This is bright daylight, so I lowered it all the way to 100 ISO.

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Lunch at the top included another set of sandwiches, fruit, and trail mix. Nothing tastes as good as these three while hiking.

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We finished in about 5 hours. It was hot, dusty, cold, wet, snowy and perfect.

Then we ate dinner in town.

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Many places were closing at 6pm, but I remembered eating here two years ago and thought they stayed up a little later. I was right.

We had they gyros with homemade Tatziki (Greek yogurt cucumber herb) sauce. If flicked off that onion. The Spanish rice was a perfect side to the cool gyros.

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Again, we sat outside to enjoy our last night in what has become one of our favorite places. Telluride, we will be back. Keep the snow coming!

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