August 01, 2005
One of the nice things about having graduated is having the occasional Sunday to myself instead of owing to an HR professor who wants a 30-page write-up of a field trip to a fish factory.
This Sunday, it was a ride up to one of the few 2WD-friendly (sort of) Continental Divide passes that I had't been to - Buffalo Pass. I tried to do this a few years ago, but in mid-June, the thing was still blocked by snow.
WARNING: The Wildflower pictures are over 200K. Don't try this at home, if you only have dial-up.
Why the picture of the main drag in Yampa? Look at it. It's got more streetlamps per foot than the 16th Street Mall, but the street is gravel.
This is why I want a 4WD someday. You get scenery, pictures, and views from the other side of the mountains that you can't get from pavement. Trust me. If it's west of I-25, paved, and doesn't have a street sign or a stop light, I've probably driven on it. There's stuff back there that's even worth the washboarding.
July 22, 2005
A couple of weeks ago, I took the afternoon off and drove out to Canyonlands National Park in search of a particular picture. I wanted Mesa Arch, at sunset, with a full moon rising.
Two problems. First, it was cloudy. Second, I had forgotten about a large rock (that the Park Service clearly needs to dynamite) that blocks the sun from the Arch's western side. And yet, I still managed to get some pictures worth posting:
The following weekend, on a lark I decided to head out camping.
Yes, that's a friend's dog I had for the weekend, and yes, that's the new, larger tent I bought for the occasion. I walked off to go use the bathroom, and the dogs panicked at being left alone, and busted right through the screen door. I've always come back before, of course, but you never know what might happen between the tent and the primitive.
July 11, 2005
Some of Colorado is Burning
This year's wildfire season has been mild thus far, but there's one going now just west of Pueblo, near a little town called Wetmore. I spent a week there in December of 2002 at a cabin, hanging out with the dog, relaxing, driving, hiking a little, reflecting on the first quarter of b-school and wondering what I had gotten myself into. As I recall, the stay coincided with the Leonid(?) meteor shower, although it seems to me there was also a moon out that evening.
Gorgeous country, and the sooner they can get it under control, the better.
What's that, you say? You want pictures?
June 07, 2005
Finally, Spring Break 2005
Finally, only 2 1/2 months late, the Spring Break 2005 pictures are up, with attendant commentary.
Hey, it's been busy.
March 16, 2005
Initially, I had just planned to take I-80 across to Green River. As usual, I found a long-cut. This took me through North Park. While I found no Chef there, I did find this:
Finally entering Wyoming, heading north on The BEST Route to Yellowstone and the Tetons, I came across this:
Sure, you're thinking. The Brigham Young probably dumped the woman here, and this thing hasn't been "open" since the first Cleveland Administration. As it turns out, the proprietress and her husband probably did vote for Cleveland, which may account for their taciturnity; said all there is to say.
There will be time to cull through the nature pictures, but this also caught my eye:
It's a Carbon-o-Rama! A coal-laden train passing what was The Most Modern Refinery in the World! when it was built, 30 years ago.