Life In A Small Mountain Town - Revisited

January 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Almost exactly two years ago, my plans became reality. I left a comfortable office job behind and threw everything into a simple life in the mountains of Colorado with my ever supportive wife.

Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing, but I certainly wouldn't say that it's for everyone. To live simply in the Rockies, you must have a love for wilderness. I have two National Forests for a backyard, and it costs me nothing but the tread on my boots to spend a day in either one. Since I have the chance to do something I love, I don't have the urge to buy many things that I don't need anymore.

Simple living does have its drawbacks. Even with no desire to 'keep up with the Jones', there inevitably comes a time when having more would make it easier to spend time with (or show support for) friends. This is, however, a small price to pay.

Running a business is much less fun than photography, and I'm still learning the ropes. Still, last summer saw the release of my first book, San Juan Inspirations. I still have much to learn, but each year shows an improvement in sales.

My work has dramatically improved over the time I've lived here. There are some images that I might have been proud of in the beginning that I would now reject without a second thought. I have to be my own critic in this job, and I want my clients to be able to choose from the best.

I've finally found a group of Lake City retailers that are a good fit for my work. The Back Country Navigator, Timberline Craftsman and San Juan Delights are all excellent, and all have their own unique charm. I'm very happy that I can confidently recommend any of these stores to visitors.

I freely admit that I came here for the wilderness. On reflection, I've been very surprised to find that I have met many nice people, made some good friends and a couple of really good ones. It is here that I've found my community.

To view From The High Country photos, click here. To learn more about San Juan Inspirations, click here.


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