Cataract Dam

There is nothing as serene as waking up in your tent with the sound of a cascading stream of water filling the air. Upper Cataract Lake is one of those perfect backpacking destinations in Colorado. It’s a large body of water for this altitude, surrounded by high snowy peaks on three sides, and has a cascading waterfall coming off this natural dam…

Tekapo

There are some places that I’ve been to that just stand out in my memory as clear as if I were standing there today. Lake Tekapo is one of those places. I remember looking at it on the map while planning our trip to New Zealand, and thinking, “oh yeah, we should probably plan on…

Mueller Lake

The Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is made up of stunning glaciated peaks and turquoise blue alpine lakes. This particular lake is known as Mueller Lake and is a highlight along the Hooker Valley Track. The turquoise color of the lake is actually created by the glaciers above. The glaciers slowly grind the rock into a fine…

Upper Cataract

This beautiful oasis is known as Upper Cataract Lake. It can be found deep in the Colorado wilderness. The trailhead is located on a well maintained dirt road relatively close to Silverthorne, Colorado. The hike to the lake is a moderate uphill climb of 5.5 miles. This lake has some of the best back-country camping sites…

Sandbeach Lake

This is the rather large and deep Sandbeach Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the largest bodies of water found in the park’s boundary. As its name suggest it does indeed have a sandy shore, at least along the north shore. The trail leads you right on to the sand and…

Mystic Milford

This is a picture of the legendary Milford Sound on the South Island of New Zealand. More specifically this is where the Arthur River meets the waters known as the Milford Sound, which is actually a fjord. My wife and I arrived here early morning to go out into the fjord on a kayak trip prior…

Frozen Ripple

Winter in Colorado means skiing and snowshoeing in beautiful winter-wonderland type environments, like Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It always amazes me how water is able to be frozen in unique ways. In this photo, the wind shapes the water of Dream Lake into rigid, rippled pieces of frozen terrain, allowing my wife and…

Lost Reflection

Chattering teeth, thick clothes, fog, snow, and fall colors… where else could this be but high in the Colorado mountains? This beautiful autumn scene reflects on the Lost Lake Slough near Crested Butte, Colorado. My wife and I camped in the frigid weather just to the right of that central colorful tree. This is a beautiful…