annual fall foliage tour, pts. 1 & 2, works in progress…

Happy fall, y’all! Best time of the year. The autumnal equinox occurred yesterday evening at 7:54 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time…

When this time of year rolls around, it’s time to get on the road and get to the high country for the annual fall foliage tour of the aspen leaves turning bright yellow, because that’s what we do here in Colorado. Usually we go to Squaw Pass, right up the road from Evergreen on the way to Echo Lake and Mt. Evans, and we did that yesterday, combining it with a hike up Chief Mountain, a trail we hike every year. A very windy hike I might add. This is fall foliage, part 1… there wasn’t a whole lot of fall color except for a few areas. The peak color should be this week, and we’re going to Vail for a few days later this week. That’s part 2, and will be an update next Sunday. A few pics from yesterday:

Looking toward the Mt. Evans massif from the Juniper overlook on Squaw Pass Rd. (Hwy. 103)… (sized just right for a screensaver)
Early start on the trail as always…
Looking west toward Mt. Evans…
Onward and upward… into the wind
At the summit
Erin and me… the Shmoopies, windblown on Chief Mtn.
And of course, every completed hike ends with beer… good beer. This is from El Rancho Brewing Co., Evergreen… a Peach IPA on the left and a Hatched Milk Stout on the right, infused with Hatch green chiles…

And just because this song is lodged in my head right now, I remember that I was listening to this 39 years ago when I was living in Midland, Texas…
Hold on, hold on, hold on, to what you got…

Nights on Venus News:
Well, when you make one major change in your recording setup, you should expect systemic changes all the way down the line and that’s what has happened. Major studio upgrades which I’ve been incorporating over the last month-and-a-half. Everything right now is kind of a work in progress (and ironically, the street we now live on is named Progress Circle). I’ve renamed the studio – for the length of time that we’re here in the ‘no man’s land’ of west Littleton – to Confluence Music Studio, and I’m pushing everything out into 2019. So, there will be no release of a new single next month. There may be one in December and then the full album will come out in the first half of 2019. And, oh yeah, the title has changed… the album title will be “Late Night Meditations in Suburbia“. We’ve jumped tracks… expect maybe one or two surprises.

‘Til the update next Sunday…

And Part 2 of this year’s Leaf Extravaganza… 9/30
The pictorial continues… we are true fall leaf/color junkies.

On the Meadow Creek Trail, just north of Frisco…

More from the Meadow Creek Trail…

Looking southeast back toward Lake Dillon…
The Vail Valley… early morning on the Booth Falls Trail…
Hiking up the Booth Falls Trail…


On the Eagle Bahn gondola above Vail…

Hello, October!

Looking south from the top of Eagle Bahn… Mt. of the Holy Cross is the high peak in the center…

Riding up on the Eagle Bahn gondola right before sunset…
Looking north toward part of the Gore Range, Vail…
As dusk approaches…
Last light, Lionshead Village…
Heading home…

Although we missed peak color by about a week going further up into the high country – it’s always a bit of a crap shoot – there was still more than enough spectacular color and scenery, and it was good to get away and relax for a few days during the low season. We’ll do it again next year.

Cover artwork for the 3-song single/EP “Snow Day”, which was released on December 23rd, 2017. Available on all digital media outlets…
Cover artwork for the “The Wheels Are Coming Off” single, released on June 12, 2018. Click for the larger image…

The most recent releases from Nights on Venus are the 2-song single, “The Wheels Are Coming Off“, released this summer, and the 3-song single/EP, “Snow Day“, from December, 2017.

The most recent full-length release “We Are All Haunted by Something” was released in the summer of 2017 and includes the 2-song single “Speed of Life” and “Confirm Humanity (I’m Not a Robot)”. All albums/singles/EPs from Nights on Venus are available on iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon MP3. and the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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