last dollar & memories of trout lake

i drove bd to the airport in montrose thursday morning.  i decided to take the backroads on the return trip to telluride.

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last dollar road traverses high mountain ranch land, prairies, and passes.  it provides some spectacular views of the southern san juans.

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after last dollar, i grabbed a bite in town, and headed back out to drive lizard head pass.

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on my way to lizard head, i noticed trout lake, which i had unknowingly visited some four years ago with another best friend of mine, trotter.

as i drove by, i thought to myself that this particular lake looked eerily familiar… like i had known it in some vivid, reoccurring dream.  and then it clicked;  years ago, trotter and i drove up to durango to visit his dad.  we drove remote mountain passes all week long, and at some point came across trout lake.  i wouldn’t have remembered this at all unless i hadn’t captured one of my favorite pics of the trip by chance at this tiny lake.  here it is…

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and those same peaks, four years later, at a much worse time of day, choppier water, and minus the human interest…

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regardless, it was fun to spend a little time at trout lake, remembering the great times we had just a few years ago.  hard to believe, my friend is now engaged and living in cartagena, columbia!

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heading back in to telluride.  i always liked this view.  but i’ve never captured an image of this view that i’ve liked all that much…  guess it’s hard to do justice to such an amazing place.

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all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009