I'm normally not one to make "goals" for myself because I tend to want to get them all done in one day...so to keep sane I just have a lot of ideas of things I want to do. haha. One of them has been to go out and take photos just for the fun of it. To have no agenda or goal at the end of the day. Just me, my camera, and whatever or whoever the Lord wants me to capture. A few weeks ago I did this. I had a hard time trying to decided between Golden and Boulder. I ended up getting in the car and praying which exit to take. I ended up on 36 headed to boulder.
As I was driving up Canyon Road through its winding turns and nips I began marveling at the beautiful place I live in. I drove up to Treasure Falls hoping to hike around there. As a got out of my car, dressed in a light jacket, beanie, gloves, and my snow boots, a family next to me pilled out of their car. They were dressed in full snow-pants, goggles, thick jackets, heavy gloves. Apparently, ready for a blizzard or 3 degree weather. Well, it was 40 outside with the sun shinning. I immediately thought "tourist," haha.
I began walking up to the trail head as two hikers walked by me and asked if I was going on the trail since there was a chained gate saying it was closed. They wanted to get a feel to see how many people would disobey the sign. I walked to the sign to check it out for myself; seriously thought about hoping the gate, but decided trespassing probably wasn't worth it.
I walked back to my car, walked pass the waddling family in their snow clothes, and entered my car. I drove down the road a little way until I saw a spot where I could capture some beautiful photos.
I continued along the road stopping every few turns to get out and take photos. I was surprised I actually ran into people rock climbing (no, not ice climbing) but regular climbing. These climbers said it was pretty warm up in the sun. I believed them and began to giggle at the snow-pants family. (In Colorado you may be a sore thumb if you aren't used to the cold, just like in Seattle you'll be a tourist if you have an umbrella when its drizzling.)
Many of the places I stopped were just so beautiful! The most stunning part to me was the creek. Which, if you didn't know it was there you could easily fall into it. (A word to the off-the-trail snowshoers out there, make sure you know where the water is before you head out! ) The coolest part of the creek was how a good layer of snow and frozen water was atop the still flowing stream below.
Standing out next to the water listening to the water bubble below the ice was so peaceful. If I wasn't in the shade wearing a light jacket I would have stayed there for hours. (Where were my snow-pant friends to let me borrow their clothes! haha jk) I just love how the amazing and beautiful things our God has made for us to see; showing us He is there and a reflection of His majesty.
My wintery drive wasn't a long one, only an hour and half, but it was so refreshing.