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LA to Telluride – A few snaps from the road

Made it to Telluride and snapped a few pics along the way. Recent rains made the Painted Desert amazing to behold once more. Good weather continued to bless me. Red Mesa - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

This is near the Navajo community of Red Mesa. Approaching Cortez I could likewise reckon I was approaching the town by the 300 foot “C” carved into the mountains. Hmmm…

Reservation horses - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

Throughout the res the grazing was good and what look exactly like mustangs had a healthy crop of foals. Saw lots of beautiful red roans, palominos and paints.

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The drive along the Dolores River from Cortez north to Telluride was terrific. The aspens are just beginning to leaf out. Made it over 10,000 foot plus Lizard Head Pass uneventfully, thank Dog. The van seems to be holding out okay so far. I’m running much lighter and rebalanced the trailer and may have hit upon a good equation.

Telluride Mountain Film - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

Made it! Fest starts Friday with an art walk in the afternoon. I’ve got lots to do tomorrow am and tomorrow work one of the theaters in Mountain Village from 6-midnight, so you probably won’t hear from me tomorrow!

Mojave Through Hikers & Flagstaff

Pacific Coast Trail through hikers - photo by Kerry O' Brien

It was a fantastic May day in the Mojave as I finally broke through LA’s gravitational force field. First stop in Hesperia met with a flurry of Pacific Crest Trail through hikers scarfing McDonalds. Hailing from all over the country most had been out for a month at this point, had been snowed on and were loading for the push through Tehachpi before hitting the good water in the Sierras.

Mojave Desert landscape-photo by Kerry O'Brien

May is always a great month in California and this was the best desert crossing I’ve ever had. Only mid eighties so I could actually drive in the daytime!

Tree in rest stop, altered - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

Lots of folks loved this grab photograph of a tree at the last rest area in CA last Nov. Coming out this time I grabbed the same tree again. A little different this time!

Tree in rest stop, altered - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

Cheap gas - Photo by Kerry O'BrienAlways good to get gas once past the CA border. When I came back in early March the story was gas prices were up in CA because we were getting the special “Summer Blend.” More recently the story was a break down in an “undisclosed” refinery. What is UP with that?

I love driving along old Route 66 from Kingman through Peach Springs on the Hualapai Tribal Lands. I think I’ve finally found the magic equation for loading the van and balancing the trailer tongue weight, and the van isn’t burning tons of oil, meaning the machine shot finally got the valve guides right. Feeling hopeful as I come up the grade into Flagstaff. Love seeing the San Franciscos come into sight. Gonna be a chilly night.

San Francisco Mountains - Photo by Kerry O'Brien

Unbranded at Telluride Mountain Film Festival

wild horse, mustang film Unbranded, photograph by Kerry O'Brien

Some of you know I’m headed next to Telluride to volunteer at the Mountain Film Festival. What I’ve been holding back is that I had a correspondence with mustang film Unbranded’s master mind Ben Masters a few weeks ago and he let slip that they had just heard they would be in the lineup and hoped we could hook up while there. It wasn’t official yet, so my lips were sealed.

Can’t wait to see Unbranded. They guys took untrained BLM mustangs from holding to seasoned trail and pack horses traveling from the border of Mexico to Canada over five months. I’ve dreamed of making this trip for quite a while, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the film and hopefully meeting Ben.

You can check it and the other films (there are many) here:  http://www.mountainfilm.org/media/unbranded?ref=festival/films

And Unbranded’s website here: http://unbrandedthefilm.com/