Colorado Part 1

We timed our trip to Colorado just right, visiting when all the fall colors were at their peak, and even got a dusting of snow one night, squee! The beagles had never been in the snow before (despite several trips to Tahoe, where we were disappointed by no snow).

Why Colorado? Well my main motivation to visit was to see my all time favorite trees - aspens! We don't have them here in the Bay Area and they are my favorite tree. I love the bark and the way the leaves flutter in the wind making the most delicious sound...heaven! I'd also researched dog friendly travel locations because any trip I can bring my babies on I'm a happier, calmer traveler. Lastly, my mom found the perfect dog friendly rental online that sealed the deal on the exact location of our trip, and yes, we drove over 16 hours to get there (staying the night in Salt Lake City to break it up). 

This was my very first time to the state of Colorado, and it will not be the last! How can you not be smitten with the gorgeous scenery and incredible mountains? It's a photographer's dream. We stayed in Placerville, CO, about 25 minutes from the better known town of Telluride. This is a super dog friendly place to visit - dogs are even allowed on the gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village, and the town of Telluride was filled with friendly dogs, many of the stores in town allow dogs inside, and there are designated "puppy parking" areas so you can hitch your dog up to run into the stores that don't allow dogs. 

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite images from the trip, there are quite a lot so I've split them in to several posts, stayed tuned for my next post of images from our snow day. 

Our amazing rental during our stay, we had amazing views out every window! 

Our amazing rental during our stay, we had amazing views out every window! 

Cricket in an aspen grove taken shortly after sunrise, both beagles were crazy scenting deer and it was a struggle to get their attention! What you can's see is the I ended up securing them to a tie down and removing the leashes & tie down in post processing, photography magic! 

Cricket in an aspen grove taken shortly after sunrise, both beagles were crazy scenting deer and it was a struggle to get their attention! 

Splash on the left howling, It really was horrid working with two hounds with all the fresh deer scent, lol! What you can't see is the I ended up securing them to a tie down and removing the leashes & tie down in post processing, thank dog for photography magic! 

Splash on the left howling, It really was horrid working with two hounds with all the fresh deer scent, lol! What you can't see is that I ended up securing them to a tie down and removing the leashes & tie down in post processing, thank dog for photography magic! 

Cricket on an aspen stump and alpenglow on the mountains in the distance. I had no idea what alpenglow was until I went on this trip!

Cricket on an aspen stump and alpenglow on the mountains in the distance. I had no idea what alpenglow was until I went on this trip!

Colorado has AMAZING sunsets! 

Colorado has AMAZING sunsets! 

Yup, Sunsets!!! I believe this is Mount Wilson in the background. This may be my new favorite image of Cricket. 

Yup, Sunsets!!! I believe this is Mount Wilson in the background. This may be my new favorite image of Cricket.