Denver area chalk artists hired to be the highlight of the Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival, 2013. We were honored to be a part of the event. It was a whirlwind day. The town of Crested Butte is located at 10,000 feet in altitude. The event was in the middle of July, during the height of their wild flower season. We were put under a covered pavilion and while Denver was sweltering in the upper 90s, the day of the event was rainy and cold.
We only had a few hours to pull off this grand illusion. We labored non stop for six hours and finally got it finished near the end of the event. It was an instant hit, drawing in crowds of people who couldn’t wait to get their photo op.
We ended up staying 2,000 feet even higher than the event. At 12,000 feet, that night, after a grueling day of work, my feeble body couldn’t take it, and perhaps a combination of altitude sickness among other things, I was rushed to the hospital in Gunnison. Such are the perils of my auto-immune disorder.