Anthropogenic Road Trip – Vail Colorado

Anthropogenic Crisis No. 122955 (Vail) copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale

The road trip diary continues (day one, Zion here), as the real destination for our one-week vacation in Colorado was the town of Vail. This town is really well known for it’s skiing and regretfully this is the year that I not sure my legs were up to it, so after 30 years of making this trek, we were concentrating more on time with friend and family, food & wine, and a day trip to the hot springs in Glenwood Springs.

Regarding an e-vehicle evaluation, the second day of our drive is also a bit longer than the first, with 540 miles to transverse. Assuming that a full recharge was made in St. George, with a 300 mile range, this leg could go with only one re-charge stop, but not with a lot of room to spare, which is not my style. With our gas SUV on extended trips like this, I don’t like to let the tank go beyond one-quarter full. There is also that 104 mile stretch on the I-70 in which there are absolutely no facilities, so you have to be really sure you have enough gas or e-charge for that segment of road. Which informs me that unless the e-vehicles obtain better batteries, I would probably need to plan for two charging stops. Another alternative is to stop on the first day in Cedar City, thus 440 miles the first day (do-able with one recharge) and that would leave 500 miles for the second day to potentially avoid the need for a second re-charge. Might work, but still kinda close.

I thought I would continue with the mountain motif for this series of articles, with the section of the ski mountain above located behind the middle of town. Fortunately this cloudy day did not result in any snow as we had planned a trip the following day down to Denver and back. I also photographed the small Sandstone Creek which runs close to our time-share a place that I have been photographing for over thirty years. Although my focus was on something for next year’s Christmas Card, artistic serendipity still occurred that resonated with my Anthropogenic Crisis project. Since that interesting event occurred after our Denver trip, I will discuss this in another article early next month.

Cheers,

Doug

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Workshops:

Medium Photo: Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo on: March 5th & 6th and then March 12th & 13th, 2022, from 9am to noon, PST. More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC): Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading on: May 14 & 15 – 21 & 22nd, 2022, from 1PM-4PM (Mountain Time). More details and sign-up available now at Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

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