Friends in town to Ride

Chuck at the top of Hawkeye


Chuck stopped in town for an overnight and we ate mexican food and rode bikes! YaY!
We started climbing Hawkeye before 7am, then across to Mac ridge, and completed the loop on Troy built. It’s a great ride early in the morning. Finished before 80*F

Me at the top of Hawkeye early in the morning

That night was Fruita’s big fireworks display and they set the rabbit brush on fire within the first 5 minutes of the show. Lower Valley Fire had it out in less than 5 minutes so YaY! fire fighters! The show was 15 minutes long so I’m glad I didn’t stand in any lines to get in (or pay any money)

All things considered it’s a good show for such a small town to put on and about a gazillion people came to watch it (and drink beer and play corn-hole)

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MeadowFest to Denver to Fruita

Damn wyndie

I forgot how wickedly twisty Pudre Canyon is. And rough, twisty and rough. It was a tedious drive for the first two hours then busy and trafficy for the last two hours. Whenever I come to Denver I really appreciate how calm the Western Slope is

Head west young man

I spent a few days going to doctors and sharing meals with friends then headed back to the desert for more volunteering. Google thinks it’s a 4-hour drive, but with pulling the trailer over a rough-ass I-70 it will be a lot closer to 6 hours

When I was planning my escape from Denver I thought about the high summer temperature for about a minute then dismissed it in favor of getting some extra stuff done before I left town. Not a grade A plan

With the outside temps around 90*F when I left I had to do battle with the engine heat going above 190*F as I climbed over the mountain passes. I saw a few people with trailers who had lost the battle with engine heat and were sitting beside the road with the hood up

There were more people with big new trucks pulling bigger trailers than mine racing up the hill without a worry than broken trucks, so that’s a plus

Four days out from a freezing MeadowFest and it’s over 90. Quite the change!

All Hail Summer Solstice

Hanging out at the Pavilion

Small hail, medium hail, freezing over-night temps and rain. Much rain. MeadowFest 2019! YaY!

Lots of campers and few tents for MeadowFest 2019

We spent a lot of time under the protective roof of the pavilion eating, singing, and drumming. It was great to catch up with all my pals and spend time together

A little bit of sun to take the edge off all the rain

Second Spring!

Cool, crisp, and green. Spring in the high country

In the desert spring sprang a couple months ago and now it’s summer. The cheat grass has gone dormant and the temps are flirting with 90*back in Fruita.

Nice camp area

At the Blacktail Creek Campground spring is just now springing. The camp is at 9100 feet in a mix of aspen and pine trees. The Aspens are bright green, and the mountain flowers are in bloom. The camp is between Toponas and Kremling on CO 131. Dirt road, pit toilet, and a dumpster round out the accommodations.

Olde-time water pump at the campground

I’m on my way to MeadowFest to join my chosen family for a long weekend of singing songs around a campfire

Surf’s UP

We got us a flood advisory this week.

The river level at the flow station

The river is up about 12 feet since I got here in March. All that snow in the high country is melting and washing all manner of strange and nasty stuff down past our park

Peter fire-hosing the silt off the ramp back in April

After the spring rains we washed the silt off the boat ramp

River at maybe 4,000 cubic feet per second

Now the boat ramp is under 12 feet of rushing water heading toward Moab at about 10 miles per hour

River at 37, 000 cubic feet per second
One camper in the park is ready for the flood of 2019

More Spring!

Spring blooms

It’s been an interesting few days. Saturday was the big Fruita celebration honoring a botched bird execution. 21st annual celebration of the time some guy tried to chop a head off a chicken and missed. The chicken’s name was Mike and he lost his face, eyes, beak, etc. Mike managed to live another 18 months before expiring. Sad times

We went in to town to listen to the “good” band play Saturday night at 7:30, but it turns out the actually good band played Friday night and we missed it. Just like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates

Spring blooms

On the plus side more plants are sending up their reproductive parts for the pollinators. It’s been a long, wet, mild spring here and all the growing things are happy about that.

Tiny spring blooms
Pokey spring blooms

More Hiking

Desert flowers are blooming!

I hiked the D3 trail in the Devil’s Canyon area and went through some sort of warped space thing. I took my GPS with me and the trip out-bound was 1.8 miles. The trip back on the very same trail was 2.4 miles. There is probably a reasonable explanation* for the discrepancy but I prefer the paranormal vortex explanation

Me fending the boys off of my Sausage-stuffed date wrapped in bacon

My camp-host neighbors cooked up some tasty sausage-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and smoked with apple-wood in their smoker/ BBQ. I had to defend my plate from the boys. They were super-interested in the tastiness

Like it says on the tin

It’s been raining for most of the past week so I’m a little bored and have some cabin fever. To break out of the doldrums I bought a new rice cooker and have been reading The Feed Zone Cookbook by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim. I’m inspired! Not enough to cook most of what’s in the cookbook, but enough to get a rice cooker and some vegetables

Cooking rice in the 21st century
One of the dinners from The Feed Zone Cookbook
Took one of the boys to the vet because he banged his chin. Saw this illustration of a very unhappy kitty. Luckily none of my boys acts like that
  • * My GPS was made in 1998 and in April 2019 there was a GPS clock roll-over that likely screwed it up