Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Quick Snowshoe & Light Parade



THE GRAND MESA:
What a treat!! The Grand Mesa is the largest flattop mesa in THE WORLD and showcase over 300 lakes. And its an easy 45 minute drive to Powderhorn Ski Resort. HERE is their webcam link.


So I ended up taking the elders to the Mesa for a short little snowshoeing excursion. I was cracking up inside as we drove along towards the trail head because they were dropping comments like " glad we have someone to break trail"  or  " how far will we go" or " sure hope it doesn't get too cold"


I only smiled because I know we might make it a mile from the car, we sure as hell won't be breaking trail, and I am a casual "hiker" when friends are involved. These guys, dinosaurs!! I mean that in a humorous way. 80 years old, 68 years old, 65 years old, and me. The game plan was simple, show these guys a really fun non pressured walk about. Stop often, point out the small things, and hear our laughter echo off the mountain side.


And thats exactly how it played out. Offering each other a helping hand strapping on snowshoes, walking a short distance, stopping as often as needed, plenty of photo opportunities, and sharing stories from whenever and whatever.


"Should we turn back?" I would ask. "Are you sure you want to adventure up this climb?" I dubiously checked in. "How are you all doing with your water intake?" Leading questions like that. Much to my surprise, we tromped an out & back for a total of 3.1 miles. Never would have guessed that these guys would hike a 5K at 9,600ft. Truly Inspiring


While we surged on, I would break off trail and hammer out a loop. Even with snowshoes, the snow was up to my crotch in a few spots. I was able to burn the quads a bit as I rounded back in behind them. I did a number of these little loops. I just dig the sounds of breaking the crunchy frozen snow surfaces. And the day, Phuc-N Beautiful


Here was my eye opening moment, we returned to the car and them boys were wiped out. The 80yr old bent over to unstrap and damn near ate some yellow snow. I quickly grabbed him and held him up. We smiled at each other but damn it freaked me a bit. I announced," No more head rushes here. I will remove your snowshoes." We snacked on our treats, reflecting on the camaraderie from the day, and loaded up. Fun Had By All

Necessities for the Annual Light Parade 

The 37Th Annual Parade of Lights:

The theme this year was Comic Books. Call me a wing nut but I'm a fan. So a field trip ensued and  on goes the rechargeable battery powered lights. Again, call me names but I throughly enjoy dressing up bikes.


A group of us rode on downtown and meandered our way through the staging areas. I always support this detour because there are so many distraction during the parade that I feel like I miss the real details on these floats. And I enjoy shouting out encouraging phrases to all the participants. By Their Facial Reactions, Well Received


Like Smokey The Bear here. The Forest Service float was amazing but I would have never known if I didn't see it up close. They had live Pine Trees on all four corners of their trailer. I sang Happy Birthday ( turned 75 years old ) to Smokey The Bear and the supporting cast members on the float weren't too sure about me at first but reluctantly joined in. By the end, they were singing their hearts out. So Much Fun


Snoopy, Who Doesn't Love A Little Appearance by Snoopy?!?!?!!???? The stocking for a sleeping cap was a wonderful touch. Someone took their sweet time hanging those strings of lights. Fantastic Craftsmanship Displayed Here


Just a few, totally packed sidewalks, folks came out for the parade of lights. However, I sort of felt alone in a way. Not the whole time!!! I experienced a similar feeling while decorating my bike. I would love to share creative moments with a partner and share the joy of laughter over stupid inconceivable nothings. Standing on the street watching, would love to have a little hand slip into my glove. Or engage in the softness of lips meeting while the Snoopy float rolls on by. Simple Intimacy


But then it quickly dawned on my that I wasn't judged all day, I wasn't ridiculed about my behavior, and I wasn't doing IT wrong. I wasn't concerned about meeting someone else expectations and nobody was up my A$$ about a timeline or schedule. Actually, Flying Solo Isn't So Bad


This Batmobile cracked me up. Pretty Damn Cool But Totally Hilarious At The Same Time. When we rode by them in the staging area, they had an operating fog machine for a three dimensional vibe. It must have crapped out by this point. NOW, in the good old fashion of Keeping GJ Lame, NO SANTA ON THE LAST FLOAT!!! Can you believe that?? Have you ever been to a Christmas parade were Santa WASN'T on the last float?? That Is Weird Or Just Lame


This is a time lapse video that I created back in 2017. Before my older MacBook Pro crashed, I could bang out these 2-3 minute time lapses in no time at all. I have been experiencing this little itch of creating content again. But then the $$$ for the equipment, relearning the new programs, and investing the time turns me off. Mainly, its the coin. I don't know, you tell me. Would You Watch These 3 Minute Time Lapses??

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GOALS:

  1. Ride Outdoors A Much As Possible
  2. Consume As Many Veggies & Fruits As Possible
  3. Giggle With Tears Of Joy
  4. Work In Super Sets This "off" Season
  5. Share This Full Moon Snowshoeing
  6. Creating Three Separate Upcoming Radio Shows  

Stay Strong,
Cheers

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

November Numbers & The String Cheese Incident





NOV NUMBERS:

Activities - 37
Running - Zip
Days Off - 3
Travels - 5 days
Biking - 782mi
Hours - 42
PR's - 12


My cycling legs are definitely coming around and I am feeling a wee bit stronger with quicker burst of power. My slower-twitched distance legs are healthy and I could almost ride steady forever. What I am most pleased with are my back to back long days with minimal fatigue.


A leisurely round trip to the Loma Boat Ramp and back chalks up 44 miles. On my third day in a row of 40+ miles, only my elbows felt stiff. This is obviously because my old road bike is a little too small for me. Other than that, body feels great. Oh Baby


Thanksgiving:

What a long strange trip. After soaking the bird in a brine for two days, the stacked coals took flame just after 7am, the rinsed off bird was on. Good times ahead. I mean, after last years Turkey week, a sharp stick the eye would be better than that years experience. On the bottom rack, above the water pan, landed this 17.77 pound beauty. The middle rack was home for the Beef Ribs. The bacon claimed the top shelf spot as they only needed a couple of hours.


At the six hour mark, here she is. The water soaked apple wood for smoke was more than ideal. Under the skin, before the heat, cloves of garlic, fresh sage, a little hint of cayenne pepper, fresh thyme, and backyard rosemary. Just Look At Her


The smoked bacon for later use was perfect. The aroma when lifting the tupperware lid the next morning, YES!! I was thankful they weren't over cooked. Me personally, I am not a crispy fried in oil kind of guy.


The Dude made a great call and set out the game BUZZ WORD. As folks filtered through the house for a quick visit, some hopped in to play a round or two. Others chimed in from the couch. We rifled through a number of cards throughout the entire evening and loads of tongue twisting giggly brain farts were had by all. Highly Entertaining. We finished off the evening with a couple of rounds of Mexican Train Dominos for us late night goers. P.S. Sharing this Egypt photo for Shadow and Light.


THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT:

Saturday mornings audacious travel day with The Blue Z began about 10 minutes early to schedule. Off to the Frontstrange we migrated. It was rather funny to me how FEAR was the normal reaction about us driving over the divide. This was clearly based on what the idiot box ( television ) was broadcasting. I am so disgusted with the meteorology world. Seriously


The roads were bone dry until around 9,000 feet. The Z and I made excellent progress until we arrived in Vail. A wet heavy snow was falling but this is expected at elevation. Slow going but no biggie. We Had Some Righteous Tunes


Here is what the roads conditions AT 11,000 feet looked like. Where is the FOUR FEET of blowing snow that was in the forecast of Armageddon?? We accomplished our mission of safely navigating ourselves over the Continental Divide while Mother Nature offered up all kinds of postcard perfect opportunities. Stunningly Gorgeous


Only because AppleJack's Liquor was on the way to our hotel, we just had to stop and window shop. Right??


Our hotel offered a free shuttle over to the Mission Ballroom on the top of every hour. So the Blue Z and I relished in our pregame show. This consisted of relaxing, munching, and reminiscing over these past years events. Time Sure Does Fly When Your Having Fun


Oh, we ate well. There was a cute little ( under 5ft for sure ) Japanese gal handing out samples of sushi. The Blue Z never moved so fast towards her station. The Z Loves Sushi & Went Ape Sh*T Over Free Sushi!! She had just prepared this family platter for, GET THIS, $14.99!! Immediate Red Flags. BUT her station was spotlessly clean, she carried the biggest smile, and she insisted everything is made fresh every day. All Settled Well


Mother Nature even created our own fog machine as we headed up Floyd Hill. Those bands of blowing snow reminded me of the Northern Lights Dancing Across The Sky. Call me crazy but I love those moments. Again, the roads were bone dry I tell ya.


The Mission Ballroom was disappointing to say the least. There was this buzz about how this new building is spectacular and perfect for live music. But concrete floors?? So Sucks!! $8 Damn Dollar Beers?? Forget It!! They over staffed as they expected a normal Saturday night drinking crowd. Nope. Not The Cheese Family. I would venture a guess that it was the all-time lowest sales of alcohol. The Bartenders Were Leaning AND Not Cleaning


My Own Opinion Here 
The Band - A
The Setlist - B ( HERE is Saturdays Setlist )
The Bands Appearance - C+ ( both drummers rolled out of bed and took the stage ) 
The Jams - A+
The Crowd - F ( why must people insist on talking during the show )
The Theatrics - F ( when you pay these prices, what the flock of seagulls )
Seeing Friends - B
Bumping Into Friends From Long Ago - A+
Cover Tunes - A+ 
Billy's First Set Intros - F ( we, as long time fans, deserve proper band member intros and story telling. If you are going to share historical moments, bring your A Game )
Bathrooms - D
One Water Fountain???? - F
OVERALL - B


CYBER MONDAY:

Made my reservations for Carson City and saved $211 dollars. Let me say that again, I saved $211 dollars by reserving my car rental and hotel on Monday. Thats Just So Weird To Me


The room rate was exactly the same back around Halloween and I procrastinated until now. And that "hesitation" saved me $211 dollars. The entry fee, full price between Jan - April, goes up after that, is $179. I received a BLK Friday e-mail that on Cyber Monday, all their events for 2020 would be $99 dollars. SCORE


Feels pretty satisfying to be all in without feeling shafted over something. I have NEVER waited in a BLK Friday line, have never shopped on Cyber Monday, and usually couldn't give two Sh*Ts about that sort of behavior. So what a way to bust my cherry. I happily saved $291.oo on this 2019 Cyber Monday action!! I Take A Bow Now And Pat Myself On The Back

The Blue Z & I stayed on the 3rd floor of this 9 Story hotel - Our window opened 

Downtown Denver Colorado 



GOALS:


  1. Extend Body Weight Only Routines
  2. Embrace Snowshoeing w/Friends
  3. Practice Maximum Enthusiasm 
  4. Finish The Welding Disc Basket Gift
  5. And Add Climbing To The Workouts 



Smiling From Ear To Ear,
Cheers


Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Happy Birthday Wish To Shyla


Just a quick acknowledgment to Shyla and her 8th trip around the sun. She is quite the character for sure. The romping and rolling ( pop over and wish her a Happy Happy ) blog is a sight that I throughly enjoy reading while sipping some morning Joe. And Award Winning Photos 


The Boy Dog - Best Boy Ever


A Perfectly Timed Road Ride - I Was Listening To One Of My 3 Hour Radio Shows From 2004 - Life Is Better With A Seat Between Your Legs 


I Mean Check Out This Descent Back Towards The Valley Floor - Obviously, Way Stunning In 1st Person - But Beautiful Just The Same  


And GJ Scores A Baby Funnel Cloud - Didn't Reach The Ground But Hot Damn - Mother Earth Is Pissed 


I Am Learning The Art Of Welding - I Am A Bit Inadequate - But I Am Enjoying The SH*T Out Of It - So Dig Fabricating Recycled Goods Into Useable Art 


Any Of You Thailand Bound?? Or Colorado Springs Works!! I Really Like These Noodles  


A Beautiful San Diego Brew - SCULPIN I.P.A. from Ballast Point Brewery - Oh Baby  


My Failed Birdie Putt From Between The Trees - I Shot This Because My Putter Is Laying There At The Base Of The Basket - The Disc Lost Its Flight Just Before The Chains And Drilled The Pole - Classic 


Cracking The Top Ten Here - YES - And That Was After 40 Miles Of Riding 


A Veggie Curry With Toasted Hazel Nuts - Dreamy 


And Here It Is - Recycled Bikes And Parts - My Christmas Disc Golf Basket For The Dude - The Dude Had These Two Bikes In His Garage For The Longest Time - This Is Justin And He Is The Skilled Welder - He Allowed Me To Throw A Bead Around The Seat Post Area BUT He Did All The Real Welding Here - I Continued To Add Ideas And Justin Really Liked My Thinking - He Appreciated That I Used His Level Before Most Of His Welds - Now, The Wheels Spin, The Basket Spins In Opposite Direction, And The Whole Piece Is Beyond Stable - We Still Have Another Days Worth Of Work - Stoked With Were We Are - Will Post Final Photos When We Finish And Details Of The Spare Parts And Why We Used What Where 


Happy Gobble Gobble!! Be Well, Stay Strong, & Think Of Others First,
Cheers


Friday, November 22, 2019

Big Sky Montana Biathlon

The not so MIGHTY Colorado River



ORTHO:

Talk about lucky. Some say fortunate. I still feel like I am in the lucky stage of the Ortho World. I have had some wonderfully blithesome encounters with folks these last few months.


I knew this guy in passing but never engaged more than just that superficial head nod. He asked me if I could help his wife as this past season of gardening took its toll. Meaning, knees ache, fingers stiffen up, and low back is a train wreck. She turns out to be one of the coolest ladies ever. I work with her first , she takes about a 45-50min walk ( Bilateral Movement Integration ) after our session, I then work with him during her walk time. They both claim that their golf games have NEVER been better.


After attending the Crested Butte Trauma And Whiplash Retreat, everyone has a story to share. Its like the New Car Theory. You find your favorite new sliver car and after you make the purchase, you realize EVERYONE is driving that same car. Just like that, I have continued working with trauma related injuries. Its Fascinating To Me


Little Kids. The little ones always remind me to stay in my feet and meet them in their model of the world. Their nervous systems are so strong and powerful that if I check out for a second we miss the rebound reflex or option. His parents explained to me that their child has been "dealing" with tennis elbow. I have two usual go-to releases for that. But in this particular case, they made the comment,"we don't know how he could be suffering from tennis elbow? he ONLY PLAYS video games." So I took the opportunity to work with the child's neck and shoulder relationship. What do you know, that good ol Brachial Nerve calmed down. Pain Diminished

A Photo From The Twins - An Old Throw Back Original 

CYCLING:

Our weather has been so ideal for living life outdoors. Mr Sun feels much warmer than the thermostat reads. Its ALWAYS a headwind no matter which direction I charge off towards. My hips are defiantly producing more of a punch and them quads have strength again. I will be in good shape if I can find my cardiovascular system soon.


The night before the Full Moon, almost two weeks ago, went for a sweet night ride. When ever I ride with traffic I just assume that the driver is drunk. This night was no different. Safely navigated my way to the River Trail and rode out to Utah. The moonlight dancing with the rivers ripples and edie lines were captivating. All the little nocturnal animals were in motion but never to be seen. Looking forward to snowshoeing under these very special conditions this Winter. Think Snow People


Finally, the VP of the Colorado Biathlon Club replied and gave me the Winter Schedule for XC Skiing & Skate Skiing. Well, its a start. To their credit, they also sent the most frequently asked question link. So after googling & what not, https://bigskygames.org/sports/biathlon/  popped up on my screen. Stoked!! This Link ( HERE ) is their Sumer Biathlon Schedule for Running Sprint and Mountain Bike Biathlon. Again, Colorado is so behind the 8 ball. Wish There IS A Way To Stimulate The Growth/Awareness Here In CO.

Spintertainment Mountain Bike Spin Cycling Class - Check Out Their Webpage 

RADIO SHOW:

I normally don't say this but I broadcasted a glorious flow of a show the other day. Here is the LINK ( Nov 19th ) for streaming the show. I subbed in for Veta Bluegrass & Beyond and I diverted a little more Beyond with its format. The generosity of the phone calls coming in were empowering to say the least. Yes, I made a few mistakes as you will hear but damn, What A Show



GOALS:

  1. Book My Carson City Hotel And Car Rental 
  2. Smoke The Most Savory Turkey For Gobble Gobble  
  3. Maintain And Seek The Best Possible Outcome Next Week
  4. Top The 600 Mile Mark For November 
  5. Tell Someone How They Made A Difference In My Life 



Stay Strong & Be Well,
Cheers