Sev and I had a blast filming in Colorado for accessibility products this past week with our usual crew. We had Pete Guzzo producing the hell out of it, and John Long as our Director of Photography—and he always kills it. Hopefully we can share a cut at some point. It was the first time I've been able to direct people with visual/auditory impairments and it was such a great experience. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating.
After wrapping, we hung around for a couple of extra days to check out the Rockies. None of our Tampa crew had been above 10,000 ft but we did pretty well considering that we spend most of our time under 100 ft. The highlight was a drive up the highest road in North America—the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. It finishes at 14,130 ft and there's a climb up to 14,265. Thankfully, I had packed a hoodie which ended up keeping John alive because as we got to the end of the road, it began to get stormy. As we began the climb, we were pelted with ice and snow as clouds rushed past just slightly overhead. At the top, the winds howled. A kind couple from Kansas took our photo, and we began the descent. We had a good dinner that evening in nearby Idaho Springs.
On the next day we drove the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. We finally saw Boulder, which had a beautiful mountainous backdrop in most directions. That was a beautiful drive. We took a quick hike, got rained on quite heavily, and dried off at Switchback Smokehouse with some excellent BBQ. We passed by Red Rocks on the way back, but unfortunately it started raining heavily and it wasn't going to let up anytime soon. It's on my bucket list to see a show there. I guess I'll have to go back!
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