Earlier this month my husband Rob and I went to southern Colorado. He went on a 7-day hut to hut mountain biking trip from Durango, CO to Moab, UT with a group of guy friends (San Juan Huts) while the dog and I RV camped in Durango and explored the surrounding area including the spectacular mountain town of Silverton, CO.
I packed my new travel set of pastels and my travel sketchbook along with some watercolors and pens for the trip. In all honesty I expected to spend the mornings checking out the town and galleries with some easy hikes once in a while and the afternoons plein air (painting outdoors) pastel painting.
What happened instead is that I would get up early, drive anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to a trailhead, and spend the whole day hiking. Generally I'd hike 2-3 hours before stopping to eat and do a quick watercolor/ink sketch, and then hike back to the car. On average I hiked 8 miles a day and by the time I got back to the RV in the late afternoon typically it was raining so I didn't get any plein air pastel painting accomplished. However,
I did create several fun sketches. 😊