of mountains & fireworks….

Into my 2nd week back in Colorado and enjoying it immensely. This trip is a little different because I haven’t booked the return trip to Dallas – didn’t drive this time and left the car in the driveway at a friend’s house. There’s no real hurry to get back to the 100-degree heat, other than to start on final mixdowns of new songs I’ve been recording up here, so will probably be back sometime next week… I think. The job search continues up here and with the emptying out of the storage unit – with most of the contents getting donated or tossed – I’m now approaching a level of minimalism that would befit the minimalist I have usually claimed to be… and have been listening to a lot of Prince. What follows below is a photo-blog of the holiday weekend…

On the road again... What a difference a day makes - no traffic! Flying down the I-70 into Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne ("Truckers don't be fooled. You are not down yet.").
First stop: Dillon and the Cala Inn, a nice little Irish bar with great burgers tucked away off Swan Mountain Rd. at the southeast end of Lake Dillon. Guinness and Smithwick's on tap.

Sitting on the patio at the Cala Inn, Dillon...

The recently released Nights on Venus debut album is now available as a digital download (MP3 album) on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.mp3, eMusic, and other fine online retailers…

Main Street, Frisco
Part of the Tenmile Range, Frisco
A little side trip to the small mountain town of Montezuma, just east of Keystone. This is looking down Main Street.
The town hall of Montezuma... yeah, I could live here.

Montezuma is a particular favorite of mine. It was a mining town in the late 1800s, then became a ‘ghost town’ after the Great Silver Crash in 1893 and for pretty much the entire 20th century, but it has had something of a resurgence over the last 15 years or so, judging by the new buildings and homes that have gone up here. Montezuma sits at an altitude of 10,200 feet and has a population of around 65, so immediately it’s my kind of place – high altitude, always cool, close to skiing at Keystone Ski Resort and Arapahoe Basin (7 miles to either one), plenty of hiking trails along the Continental Divide, spectacular views, peace and quiet close to wilderness, and almost no bugs.

At 10,200 feet, obviously the town gets a ton of snow in the winter and spring… and fall.

Another of the many 4-wheel drive roads leading from Montezuma higher up into the mountains.

If I had my druthers, I would be here now, building my state-of-the-art mega-studio but that would only further encourage my tendency to be something a [studio] hermit which I learned all about when I was living in Empire a few years back (slightly lower at 8,600 feet elevation and slightly larger, population 425 – I seem to have an attraction to these small mountain mining towns… must be a past-life thing). A couple of potential problems: a very short growing season (if at all) for growing your own food and there doesn’t appear to be wi-fi here, or a Starbuck’s. But that is the dream, and a dream goes on forever. Oh well, someday, someway…

Looking northeast toward the Continental Divide from Montezuma
Eastward on Highway 6 toward Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Pass
The mountain, the legend: A-Basin Ski Area, still open in early July showing at least 2 runs open. This is the real Colorado.
The lodge at A-Basin from above, heading toward the summit of Loveland Pass
Grizzly Peak along the Continental Divide from the summit of Loveland Pass.
The view to the southwest from the summit of Loveland Pass.
Still plenty of snow and avalanche danger in July at 12,000 feet.
Erin and me... at the First Friday Street Fest
Waiting for the fireworks to start...

Happy 4th of July! and Happy 235th Birthday, America! Party on! Hope everyone had an awesome and safe holiday. Back in Golden and continuing with the photo-blog this week, here are a few pics from last night’s festivities…

Crescent moon to the west
Looking toward South Table Mtn.
Let the show begin...
Potential album cover for a Nights on Venus album? Don't know yet, but I like it.
"Love, American Style"... remember that 70's show?

Until next week…

Visit the Nights on Venus page and store on ReverbNation or on CD Baby.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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