Wild West Adventure (1 of 4): Colorado

Last week, Royal Caribbean denied my wife and I passage on our long anticipated cruise to Bermuda. We had planned this cruise a few months ago as a way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our first child. Despite the fact that their booking agent assured me that my wife’s pregnancy would not hamper our travel plans, the company’s policy expressly prohibits women who are 24 or more weeks pregnant from boarding one of their ships. This information would have been much more palatable had I not received it when I went to check-in online the day before we were supposed to set sail.

Still desperate to cash in on our last chance at a vacation before the baby arrives, my wife and I went into action mode. We scoured the Web for cheap flights and good weather, and decided on a last minute tour de force of the Western U.S. The Rockies, Arches, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Vegas were already on our bucket lists, so we decided to see them all … in a week. The journey started with a one-way flight to Denver where we rented a Jeep and set out for a week-long road trip to Vegas with stops at some of America’s most visually spectacular National Parks along the way.

The following series of posts highlight some of the amazing stops we made in each of the four states we visited; Colorado, Utah, Arizona & Nevada. Our first stop was the capital of The Centennial State.

50mm @ 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 100

While we were in town, we decided to check out some of the surrounding communities and specifically set aside a day to explore Boulder, one of the coolest cities in America.

48mm @ 1/160, f/7.1, ISO 100

Amazing scenery isn’t the only thing that Boulder has in abundance; it also has a bunch of cool people.

24mm @ 1/1000, f/7.1, ISO 560

Amusingly, a lot of these cool people let their dogs hang out in weird places … like on shoulders.

70mm @ 1/400, f/7.1, ISO 560

… and in microbreweries.

16mm @ 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 800

After a couple days in the Denver area, we journeyed across the Rocky Mountains.

60mm @ 1/1000, f/8, ISO 200
200mm @ 1/1000, f/4.5, ISO 200

Before reaching our way point in Moab, Utah, we decided to veer off the beaten path in order to explore Colorado National Monument. We were not disappointed.

70mm @ 1/1000, f/3.5, ISO 200
7 Shot HDR – 70mm @ f/6.3, ISO 100
300mm @ 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 200

Oh, and for the record, it rained all week in Bermuda. Check out more high-res shots from the trip in my set on Flickr.

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