There’s nothing, and I mean nothing, like the smell of fresh mountain air. It’s soothing and comforting, and it wraps around you like a soft blanket—releasing your worries and fears—if only for one breath. It carries with it the sweet scent of pine blended with the natural aromas of babbling streams and snowcapped peaks. At the Gore Creek Campground located on the outskirts of East Vail in Colorado, the air is crisp, and clean, and inviting. It’s amplified by the sound of a nearby raging river, and in the stillness of the night, is illuminated by bright flames from a fire, that dance high into the night sky—casting a mysterious spell over everything lucky enough to breath it all in.

Photo Location: Vail, Colorado

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