Wanderlust never dies


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"Get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head, and you head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eye hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards"

-Edward Abbey

"Get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head, and you head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eye hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards"

-Edward Abbey

Many of the towns in Colorado were built around mining. The unfortunate legacy of the mining history is large piles of toxic tailings that pollute the water and prevent regrowth of the vegetation. Now a days, those same towns depend on recreation to power the economy, skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing in the summers and fall. While theses activities are not with out their own impacts, they compel us to be better stewards of the land.
In this photo a mountain biker rides by gold mining tailings and golden fall Aspen trees in French Gulch near Breckenridge, Co.

Many of the towns in Colorado were built around mining. The unfortunate legacy of the mining history is large piles of toxic tailings that pollute the water and prevent regrowth of the vegetation. Now a days, those same towns depend on recreation to power the economy, skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, and fishing in the summers and fall. While theses activities are not with out their own impacts, they compel us to be better stewards of the land.

In this photo a mountain biker rides by gold mining tailings and golden fall Aspen trees in French Gulch near Breckenridge, Co.

One of my friends had the dining area at her wedding lit this way. It was a brilliant idea, and beautiful. 

One of my friends had the dining area at her wedding lit this way. It was a brilliant idea, and beautiful. 

Beach in Roses, Costa Brava, Spain

Beach in Roses, Costa Brava, Spain

I used to have this view from my bedroom. Peak 10, Breckenridge, Colorado. Late fall sunset.

I used to have this view from my bedroom. Peak 10, Breckenridge, Colorado. Late fall sunset.

Started and finished a 32 miler on the #MTB here last night. The #Potomac river has some beautiful stretches to it.
I consider myself quite lucky to have ridden my bike all over the country and on some of the best trails around. While I miss having access like I had in Colorado, I’m quite grateful for all the other opportunities available now that I’m back on the east coast.

Started and finished a 32 miler on the #MTB here last night. The #Potomac river has some beautiful stretches to it.

I consider myself quite lucky to have ridden my bike all over the country and on some of the best trails around. While I miss having access like I had in Colorado, I’m quite grateful for all the other opportunities available now that I’m back on the east coast.

Roan Mountain is located in north eastern Tennessee. Its a “Bald” mountain, one of many in the region, known for the grass areas on their summits, not quite alpine, but not quite the rainforest style lush vegetation typical of the region. Roan mountain has a ton of recreational opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs near by, you can mountain bike in the area, there is opportunity of hiking and backpacking, and in the winter, when the conditions are right, you can ski and even ice climb here. 

Roan Mountain is located in north eastern Tennessee. Its a “Bald” mountain, one of many in the region, known for the grass areas on their summits, not quite alpine, but not quite the rainforest style lush vegetation typical of the region. Roan mountain has a ton of recreational opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs near by, you can mountain bike in the area, there is opportunity of hiking and backpacking, and in the winter, when the conditions are right, you can ski and even ice climb here. 

Yesterday my roommate and I went for a 36 mile ride outside of Washington, DC. I only made him stop for pictures once. The C&O Canal is a great recreational asset in the DC area, and you can cover some serious ground and pretty quickly forget you are outside of the nations capital. 
A couple of Stats:
Number of miles: 36.3
Number of beavers spotted: 1
Couples interrupted In flagrante delicto dead center of the single track:1 (BOTH DIRECTIONS!)
Great blue herons: 5 

Yesterday my roommate and I went for a 36 mile ride outside of Washington, DC. I only made him stop for pictures once. The C&O Canal is a great recreational asset in the DC area, and you can cover some serious ground and pretty quickly forget you are outside of the nations capital. 

A couple of Stats:

Number of miles: 36.3

Number of beavers spotted: 1

Couples interrupted In flagrante delicto dead center of the single track:1 (BOTH DIRECTIONS!)

Great blue herons: 5 

This old barn was at the top of the hike down to one of the big waterfalls we used to go and jump off of back in my college days. The waterfall was called Compression Falls, and its the only place I’ve ever seen a hellbender salamander in the wild. Western North Carolina is such a wonderful place.

This old barn was at the top of the hike down to one of the big waterfalls we used to go and jump off of back in my college days. The waterfall was called Compression Falls, and its the only place I’ve ever seen a hellbender salamander in the wild. Western North Carolina is such a wonderful place.

In central #Colorado there is a group of mountains known as the Collegiate Peaks with a group of 14,000 foot peaks named after eastern universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Over the years I’ve attempted a number of them, and never made a summit. This photo is one from my attempt on Harvard. On this attempt, my group turned around not because of weather or any other factor, but because we had reached our set turn around time. With a large group of young adults in my charge, we needed to ensure that we would not expose the group to unfavorable elements. Additionally, in mountaineering, it is important to avoid “summit fever”, and by turning around when we did, we hoped to instill this value in our charges, as well as teaching them that while the summit seems like the goal, it’s really only the halfway point.

In central #Colorado there is a group of mountains known as the Collegiate Peaks with a group of 14,000 foot peaks named after eastern universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Over the years I’ve attempted a number of them, and never made a summit. This photo is one from my attempt on Harvard. On this attempt, my group turned around not because of weather or any other factor, but because we had reached our set turn around time. With a large group of young adults in my charge, we needed to ensure that we would not expose the group to unfavorable elements. Additionally, in mountaineering, it is important to avoid “summit fever”, and by turning around when we did, we hoped to instill this value in our charges, as well as teaching them that while the summit seems like the goal, it’s really only the halfway point.

While its not technically a great photo (the focus is all wrong, shutter speed way too slow), I like this shot because of the ambiance, the floating chalk, and probably because of the memories of Blowing Rock Boulders.

While its not technically a great photo (the focus is all wrong, shutter speed way too slow), I like this shot because of the ambiance, the floating chalk, and probably because of the memories of Blowing Rock Boulders.

This is Casa Batallo in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan Architect, this house has been turned in to a museum. Its really very cool and has some fantastic artistic elements. 

This is Casa Batallo in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan Architect, this house has been turned in to a museum. Its really very cool and has some fantastic artistic elements. 

Tonight we’re getting into the way, way, back machine. I took this picture with my first digital camera back in ~2003 when I was in school Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My iPhone has more megapixels than that camera now, but it just goes to show, it’s the photographer, not the camera. (I mean that in the humblest possible way). This photo was taken at Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Foscoe, NC. If my memory is right. 11 years old and it’s still one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever made.
If you’re enjoying these pictures, be sure to check me out on Instagram too EdCarleyPhoto is my name there.

Tonight we’re getting into the way, way, back machine. I took this picture with my first digital camera back in ~2003 when I was in school Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My iPhone has more megapixels than that camera now, but it just goes to show, it’s the photographer, not the camera. (I mean that in the humblest possible way). This photo was taken at Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Foscoe, NC. If my memory is right. 11 years old and it’s still one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever made.

If you’re enjoying these pictures, be sure to check me out on Instagram too EdCarleyPhoto is my name there.

In late May I took a trip down to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to ride the Southern Traverse trail, a 36 or so mile “IMBA Epic Ride”. We camped out the night before the ride and I played around with some light painting shots. 

In late May I took a trip down to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to ride the Southern Traverse trail, a 36 or so mile “IMBA Epic Ride”. We camped out the night before the ride and I played around with some light painting shots. 

This winter I took a trip to Chile with a class for my Master’s degree. On the last day we visited a sustainable winery somewhere between Vina Del Mar and Santiago. We had made the most of our time in Chile, and the last day was spent at a beautiful winery tasting wine and eating delicious food, lounging around. It was a great experience and a beautiful place for our last day of the trip. 

This winter I took a trip to Chile with a class for my Master’s degree. On the last day we visited a sustainable winery somewhere between Vina Del Mar and Santiago. We had made the most of our time in Chile, and the last day was spent at a beautiful winery tasting wine and eating delicious food, lounging around. It was a great experience and a beautiful place for our last day of the trip.