Many are chilled but few are frozen

Traveling on the north side of 60 …

It was about fourteen months ago that I watched  YouTube videos of photographer Thomas Heaton and friends describing their trip to the Canadian Rockies for winter photography.  Thomas’s enthusiasm is infectious and I longed to visit some of the places he photographed, but I just couldn’t get on board with this idea. The temperatures would be frigid, and rolling out of bed in the middle of the night to catch a way-below-zero sunrise would be an absolutely crazy, miserable thing to do. 

Despite what I just said, fast forward to last year where I found myself on the way to a winter cold-place photo trip of our own choosing.  Marcy wanted to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and other parts of Colorado in winter and I agreed to the trip.  Beforehand, I really spun into anxiety mode, imagining us caught in a blizzard in the high mountains.   As I described in this post, about halfway through that trip, we found ourselves in the very blizzard I feared, as we drove over the 11,318 foot Freemont Pass toward Leadville, Colorado.   Driving through the snow and cold turned out to not be a problem and we had so much fun, we booked another trip for 2021 – this time to Grand Teton National Park.   The six-below zero Fahrenheit temps and calm wind mornings we encountered felt invigorating! (Plus there were very few other tourists.)   With the help of an Amazon shipment of “Hot Hands“,  a winter “cold place” trip is probably going to become an annual tradition.

  A National Park all to Ourserlves

On a cold January day, Marcy poses along East Boundary Road near Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park

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