The wife and I shared our first vacation together in Grand Lake, Colorado. Sitting at 8,369 feet elevation, I quickly learned that my idea of practicing the art of landscape photography inside of the Rocky Mountain National Park to be ill-researched and an outright mistake. Not only was I out of shape, I wasn't acclimated to the altitude and that lack of oxygen made carrying heavy camera gear through the park... problematic. But despite all that hiking and climbing and monkeying through the RMNP, one of my favorite photos wasn't of nature but of something quite the opposite: an old motel on the northern edge of downtown Grand Lake.
Our cabin was in the old, summer hang spot and while cabins and condos were sprouting all around us, the older part of the town was experiencing a sort of active blighting. One of these locations was The Sunset Motel, a closed establishment that contained both cabins and a rather large hotel that faced the main street and was flanked by a charming Dairy King.
On the penultimate night of our stay, I walked down to the hotel during sunset, aimed my RB67 south, and snagged a couple of captures. I don’t know if or when we’ll return to Grand Lake and if the Sunset would even be there so I felt it was important to take a picture. And being able to snag a shot of the Sunset at sunset was an opportunity I refused to let slip by.