Triumphant Return

A lot has happened in the past nine months. A few milestones: after an incredible six-year stint, I left my full-time gig in the nonprofit arts realm, got married to the love of my life, became creative director of an up & coming hub for food and culture, and finally, moved across the country to the Napa Valley. The point is, I've been busy but starting today I'm back to regular blogging. It's been far too long! A few weeks ago, Matt and I traveled to Telluride, CO to attend our favorite film festival, Mountainfilm. Some of you may remember the in-depth post I did about this environmentally-focused festival after attending for the first time a few years back. Matt's latest short film, American Tintype, was screening at Mountainfilm, but we made sure to treat this as a vacation and truly enjoy drool-worthy views and delicious food. Now that our home base is California, we had two full days of travel by car each way and let me tell you: driving is the way to go. I'd never seen Utah or Nevada and only bits and pieces of Colorado – the landscapes in each state morph quickly but fluidly. The vast and mysterious desert, the vibrant red sandstone arches, the magical Bonneville Salt Flats, and the stunning mountain ranges...obviously, much adventuring and Instagram spamming ensued! Here's my abbreviated "best of" collection from the week.

Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Somewhere in the desert, Eastern Utah

Somewhere in the desert, Eastern Utah

Helper, Utah.

Helper, Utah.

Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, UT   [by  Matt Morris .]

Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, UT  [by Matt Morris.]

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, UT

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, UT

Colorado Countryside Horses

Colorado Countryside Horses

Telluride magic hour.

Telluride magic hour.

88 Bikes  mobile art gallery at Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO

88 Bikes mobile art gallery at Mountainfilm in Telluride, CO

W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO

W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.    

Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay NV.

 

Delta, CO

The city of Delta, CO sits at the base of Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat top mountains in the world. For both pricing and weather reasons, Matt and I chose to fly into Grand Junction, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Telluride, and we happened to stumble upon this gem of town on our drive there. Seven buildings in downtown Delta act as canvasses for local artists - the murals depict local history, culture, nature and wildlife. Seeing such vibrant large-scale works in a tiny "don't blink, you'll miss it" town was a great introduction to this beautiful state!

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Next up, we arrive in Telluride...