Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Half of a Century

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Gene Wilder ( RIP 1933 June 11th - 2016 August 29th )

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory 1971


NUMBERS:

18,263 Days
2,600 Weeks
600 Months
5 Decades 


For my 50th trip around the sun, started the day off with a dawn patrol adventure. And all the little Bambi's came out to frolic and play reindeer games. The dogs were impatient and ready for this outing to commence.


The pack of dogs insisted they come along but they had no clue as to what was in store for them. Running along with me on my ride was not their cup of tea. 


During the first few minutes, they ran the hillside like pups. You can see the Brown and White dots in the above photo. 


That was about the only exploration of their morning. The rest of the run was keeping up with me and wondering when this adventure will alleviate. If Ever 


I stopped numerous times for photos and allowing them to catch up and pant. It was funny how they quickly knew to lay down in the cooler patches of shade. Smart little cookies they are.


I made a special effort to push hard when I saw an upcoming watering hole or crossing. We all gathered near the ice cold run off and caught our breath. Then, back at as we continued the relentless climb. 


After all, breath taking views under 360 degrees conditions. 


I wasn't on a mission by any means but if I was burning the cardiovascular system, they gotta be suffering a bit as well. The two boys were holding their own but Jazzy was slowing down. 


So right here in the above photo, we turned around. My original plan was to top off on Yule Pass but I could tell that Jazz wasn't having it today. 


So we made the turn around and I rode the brakes back down the road. Not a bad call as some of those sharp rocks along the rough terrain wouldn't be conducive for my older GT MTB. 


We are talking rim brakes, unlike the newer technologies of disk brakes. The tribe also approved of the pace. 


The one mistake that I did make was not accounting for the cooler mountain temperatures. The crips air floated around 37F/2.7C at 11,000ft/3352m and I was rather sweaty from the climb. So descending was a little chilly for my exposed ears but conducive for our four legged friends. 


I wish the above photo would have been shot with a $10,000.oo camera because the morning light was cascading through the transparent purples and red petals. The usual accountable iPhone just didn't do it justice by any stretch of the imagination.


My cousin Chris sent me birthday wishes from the British Open!! I was so stoked for him and wish I could have experienced that atmosphere with him. Couldn't imagine what that was like. He did tell me that he walked the entire course and that he really enjoyed himself. Good On Ya Cuz


This photo totally cracks me up. Poor Moochie appears to be on an indica. His eyes were so lethargic after all that run. But he claims he could eat if dishing out food was on the aJENda. 


PHONE CALLS:

The rest of that afternoon was me doing light chores, disrupting the dog's nap, talking with friends from around the world, and waiting for The Dude's arrival. Relaxing mid-day really and The Dude rolled in just after about 2pm with cooler in tow. 



As we cracked our first brew, four energetic house keepers appeared. Talk about a treat!! The Dude and I sat out on the deck while they cleaned the house from top to bottom. 


NOT that the house was dirty but they went for it. All awhile The Dude And I enjoyed our beverages living the good life. We laughed at one point about how this really could be a lifestyle. 


We both talked and texted while we sat under cooler temperatures, hearing the gals vacuuming, and our beer supplies never seemed to run dry. After the house keepers left, we decided to walk the dogs. Stretching the legs was a good thing and we eventually formulated a game plan for the evening. 


Personally, wasn't all that fired up for marauding around town with the Delta SH*T looming in the air. But The Dude insisted he wanted to buy me dinner as my birthday treat. So we cleaned up, threw on some fresh clothes, and walked towards the bus stop.


The first FREE mountain town bus was the local neighborhood bus. That bus loops through the"hood" and on down to the transfer station were the Town Route Bus awaited our arrival. 


We chatted as we walked to the first stop and pointed out various points of interest. Homes with hot tubs on their decks, wildflowers brightening our little path, and other wacky thing's in sight.  


We were the only two on the first bus and the Town bus was a popular choice. I was so thankful that the public free transportation mandates all passengers to mask up. No Mask No Ride


The ride was highly entertaining as it was a mountain town Friday night crowd in full effect. We are all so happy to be out and about and living the good life. And me, again, pleased with my fellow mankind for respecting each other under these unknown circumstances. 


We all piled off the bus and scurried away like ants in the park in search of a picnic blanket full of crumbs. The Dude and I casually strolled along Elk Avenue. At one point The Dude said something and I turned around to find him with phone in hand. I gave the hang loose birthday pose and he snapped away for sending to friends and family members. 


We knew we were headed to the Nepal Restaurant as its one of our favorites. I was a little dubious about finding a table because it was Friday night and the town was certainly a buzz. However, most of the restaurants in CB have taken over the public parking spots with outdoor seating. This SO Pleases Me


Our meal was just as desirable as always and The Dude filled me in on the new developments in his world over the past two weeks. It only felt like a few days since I saw him last but a lot has gone down in the past two weeks. I am way proud of the guy and he has two big announcements coming down the pipe. 


After our beautiful meal, not sure what direction to take, The Dude offered to buy me a beer. Once again, I was hesitating because of that damn virus. Just our luck, the Eldo has a balcony and nobody was up there. So we tritty trotted on up the stairs to the bar and ordered our first round. The bartender took a shine to us as the other patrons where the usual unkept scruffy bar flies. I pulled out my ID and asked," What Is Your 50th Birthday Policy?" Our rounds were taken care of and our views of Elk Ave were priceless. Right On


Shooting stars capped off the night as we walked home from the Bus transfer station. Thankfully, we camped out on brews throughout the evening, lots of H2o between rounds, and no spirits or shots. Talk about a veteran move and not waking up all hungover was refreshing.


SATURDAY MORNING:

So after I whipped up a stellar breakfast of fresh fruits, potatoes, onions, and eggs, we threw the leads on the pack and adventured towards Snodgrass. the dogs were stoked and the brown dog on the right laid cable not once, not twice, but three times. It was a much needed hike apparently. 


DISC GOLF:

The Dude and I headed down into town for a very unusual round of disc. The photo below was by far my favorite hole of the day. Thank You Hole #9


The commanding views were worthy of the drive. The slopes covered in vivd wildflowers made the day. We are talking bushes of raspberries, blueberries, rose hips, and elderberries lined the narrow fairways. But the course itself was totally lame. No description for distance or location of basket placements. 


The layout to the course probably made sense to the locals but not to us. We made the best of it and kind of played our own layout. You know, play the hand you're dealt with.


The photo below, that is the basket number to what appears on three of the baskets, This Basket Is Marked Hole #8. Thats right, there were three hole number 8's??? 


And basket number 12 turns out to also be basket number one. The Dude and I threw to basket number 3, thinking it was basket #1. But roaming around and just throwing to throw was the perfect recipe for the day. Par For The Course 


This uphill approach was my best drive of the day for a Birdie. My tee off was just OK but I was rewarded with a righteous skip. My driver awaited me just below the basket for that wonderful Birdie toss. And a presentable lie of baby pines cropping the basket there for me. As a bonus, the forest smelled earthy and alive from this shot as well. 


We talked, we walked, and we played about as good as we could for what it was worth. A quick spin around town for a look and then back up the mountain to the house we headed for a well earned lunch. Lunch consisted of turkey on sourdough with a beautiful sharp cheddar and avocado. On the side was a cold sprouted salad with fresh cucumbers, bells or two colors, ginger, and jicama. How Refreshing 


MOOSE:

Could NOT believe my eyes!!! For the first time in my life I finally saw a live moose. Not a taxidermy Moose but a wild massive Moose in its element. This sucker was standing in a creek and shredding the vegetation that cascades shade down onto the water hole for good fishing. 


Let me tell you first hand, these animals are powerful. You could see the definition of each muscle group as the Moose anchored its hoof upon those river rocks. Now, the one and only animal left on my checklist, the one and only elusive Mountain Lion. 




RADIO SHOW:

After taking care of an obligation Saturday night back in GJ, I hosted the Global Groove time slot on Sunday the 18th of July. I was a wheeeeee bit rusty and all over the board with my musical choices. It was a decent show but nowhere near one of my top 10 shows ever. 


I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of phone calls though. Turns out that a number of locals listen for that particular time slot. Apparently KVNF in Paonia broadcasts a rough day of programing on Sundays and those folks stream KAFM. Didn't dawn on me until about the third or four caller from Paonia calling to ask about me, my next show, or to hand out well received and appreciated accolades. 


If you are interested in hearing this show of mine, I will walk you through it. Very Simple!!! Click on the WEBSITE of KAFM. Across the top is a drop drown link labeled ON-AIR and click PLAYLIST. The word CALENDAR will be highlighted in blue and click on it. Simply scroll back to SUNADY JULY 18th at 9am and you will see the name Dan Yankee in that time slot. Click on Dan Yankee and the only song listed will be John Lennon's Imagine. Click the play button NEXT TO The DATE, do not click on Johnny Boy!!! The show actually starts at 9:03am, after three minutes of advertising ( children's hour ) and other promotions. I thank you in advance for streaming. 


After the show, drove over to the food donations pick up. Scored on all kinds of goodies!!! Filled the auto with fuel, threw in my duffle bag, and loaded up the pack of dogs. We left GJ with a temperature on the dash indicating 102F/ 38.88C. Lucky for me and the tribe, we drove through a rain shower over Kebler Pass. Here was the current temperature in between showers...

LAST NIGHT:

Ready for this??? Crested Butte offers a free concert series every Monday Night in the park. You have the opportunity for a free bus ride, a free outdoor concert, and all you have to do see be kind. So Cool


So in the above photo would be the bus stop on Paradise Road. I walked on up to that specific location and timed it out perfectly as the bus appeared before I could say Catz Scratch Fever. The concert in the park kicks off at 5:30pm and I was on the 5:15 shuttle. Nice 


The band on tap just so happened to be a Grateful Dead Tribute Band from Gunny. So needles to say, the whole town turned out and filled the park. I flopped my carcass on the upper lawn just behind the Orange fence. A meliorate placement for people watching and not exposing my ears to any more late night tinnitus. My bare feet were planted in the coarse blades of cool grass and those cumulus clouds captured my attention. The band was just ok but it's my first concert while in my 50's now. The price was right and the location was beyond ideal. Stoked 

GOALS:

  1. Climb 1,00ft A Day
  2. 50 Push Ups A Day
  3. 2 Nalgene's Of H2o Per Day 
  4. Check In With Friends
  5. Continue To Project Gratitude 

Until Next Time, Stay COVID Free,

Cheers 

66 comments:

  1. Los paisajes qie has captado son todos preciosos.Mi vista se ha recreado en cada uno de ellos . Seguro que has disfrutado en su recorrido, como yo he disfrutado viendo las fotos.

    Salud

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    1. Obrigado por enviar saúde e felicidade no meu caminho - A Mãe Natureza pintou uma paisagem incrível para todos desfrutarem - Sempre maravilhoso ouvir de você

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  2. ...50 years, you are just getting going. Keep it up.

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    1. Hope So - Will Do My Best Brother T

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  3. Congrats on reaching half-time. The second half will be better than the first. Lesson learned, memories made, onward you go! Love those photos, Padre. Mountains are majestic and look stunning in the background. Have a great week! BTW, I enjoyed your show even if it wasn't your best as you said. :)

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    1. Right On And Bring On The Second Half - These Mountains Are So Majestic - Thanx For Streaming The Show And Hope You Heard The Shout Out - Thanx For Supporting As Always Mr Bill

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  4. Dearest Travis,
    That is a bubbly post from a person half a century of age; which is YOUNG!
    Oh my, those poor canines that got almost run to death... poor girl couldn't keep up with your pace. But they probably were a lot more quiet during the night and let you sleep better!
    Can't believe you saw your first Moose, being from the WEST...!
    So, I have to go back out West too as we only spotted some Elks: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2014/11/maswik-lodge-grand-canyon-flora-fauna.html
    It is wonderful to enjoy nature; wherever one is!
    Enjoy your special year and always make the best of it.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. And Feeling Young - One Would Think That They Slept Through The Night, But Nope - They Took The Opportunity To Sleep While We Were Having Dinner - That Moose So Rocked My World - Such A Powerful Beast And I Continued To Check My Exit Plan Frequently - Massive Bears, While Watch But That Moose Worried Me - Mother Earth Is Something Special - Big Hugs Mariette

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  5. A very happy belated birthday. It sounds like it was great.

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    1. It Was Above Average - And Thank You Brother

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  6. Always love your nature shots!
    Happy Birthday as well. Cheers to many more!

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    1. And Always Love Hearing From Ya - Thanx For The Wishes - Big Hugs

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  7. Happy 50th trip around the sun. It sounds like a great day, especially that morning "roadtrip". Beautiful views and I bet the dogs were tired but happy. And yahoo for seeing a moose. I haven't seen a mountain lion either, nor a grizzly. They are on my wish list but I wouldn't want to walk up on one. How about a view from afar. Hope the new "year" starts off great.

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    1. Many Thanx E - Great Day Was Had By All, Including The Dogs - Grizzly Bears Are Also Massive But That Moose Was Something Special - And Well Timed - Solid Start So Far - Be Well

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  8. My 50th birthday was about 11 and half years ago. It sure lush and green. We're pretty dry in North Idaho.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Thanx And Please To Know You Are A Young Pup As Well - Stay Smoke Free Up There

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  9. Happy 50th birthday! I wish you all the best.
    Your morning hike/cycle with the dogs was lovely from what I can see on photographs. The nature there is so beautiful! Great shots of the dogs. They seem so happy being out and about in the nature, running like puppies. Yes, mountain temperatures are often quite different. If you visit mountains midday, then maybe the difference isn't that big (if sun is strong) but generally speaking there is a difference one needs to take in account when getting dresses.

    Your dinner outing with the Dude sounds like it was fun. It is sensible to wear a mask in a public bar. Nice of the bar to have a good birthday policy. Your goals are great. Keep on being cool.

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    1. Thank You Ivana - It Is Stunningly Gorgeous Up Here And So Thankful To Be Here - Being A Mile Closer To The Sun, I Avoid Mid Day UV Rays At All Cost - The Dude & I Had A Gas Downtown - So Enjoy Excellent Food And People Watching - Always A Pleasure Hearing From You As Always - Big Hugs

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    2. p.s The bambi photo is super adorable.

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  10. I really enjoyed your photos and the combi dogs and nature. I think I will follow you with my other account. My photoblog. So, I put your blog in my blogroll there, in the sidebar.

    https://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanx So Much - And Thanx For The Add - Planning On Updating Mine As Well - Thanx For The Motivating Nudge

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  11. Looks to me that your big 5 oh was more than perfect. Good food, good drinks, and best buds (both 4 legged & two). Great country scenes also. Of course that goes without saying.

    My daughter was telling me about Poudre Canyon being closed...flooding.

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    1. Also Most Perfect - But I So Agree With Ya - How Can One Have A Bad Day Around This Magical Place - Loads Of Flooding From Burn Scares Around The State - Be Well Hootin'

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  12. Happy birthday!!!!! Beautiful landscapes and lovely dogs.
    The mountains are breathtaking, thanks for sharing the photos. I went few times to spend my holidays on the mountains: my wife and I are not expert but we liked the places (Alps).

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    1. Thanx BLK Knight - You Are Very Welcome And More Incredible Photos Coming Soon - Thanx For Dropping Comments Lately

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  13. Happy Belated 50th Birthday to you! Sounds like you, your bud and the pups had a fun time. Love the mountain views, the cute pups, wildflowers and the moose is an awesome sighting. Take care, stay Covid-free. Have a great day and week ahead.

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    1. Thanx Eileen - Everyone Enjoyed The Weekend - The Moose Was Actually Awesome Because I Was Sort Of In Fear As To The Size Of That Animal - Will Do My Best To Avoid Covid - Be Well Shadow People

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  14. Happy happy birthday Padre, you certainly celebrated in style, the Dude is such a good friend to spend time with, plus your three canine buddies. I have to say I am enjoying your photographic documenting of your days very much, your photos capture the sights beautifully. Will listen to show later on this evening ✨

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    1. Thanx Perth - Heard The Shout Out??? You Always Post Such Thoughtful Comments And I Really Admire You For It - Thanx For Being YOU

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  15. Happy Birthday it seems you had a good one. Love the photos and the dogs are lovely...take care

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    1. Thank You And Had A Blast - More Doggie Photos Coming

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  16. Happy 50th! You sure had a fantastic day! The beautiful pictures tell the story! Here's wishing you another fabulous 50 ahead! Cheers!

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    1. Thanx Magic - It Was A Fantastic Day - 50 More Trips Around The Sun???

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  17. The first (and only) rock concert I ever attended was one by the as yet undiscovered band called "Kiss." I made the novice mistake of sitting directly in front of one of the band's numerous big box loudspeakers. Never did that again. Eh? What did you say??? You gotta speak up; I can't hear you. :-)

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    1. Same Experience In The Mid Nineties - They Were In Their 40's By Way Aerobic On Stage - Excellent Theatrics - Rock On Rev

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  18. Happy half-century! Sounds like you had a great birthday. I'm so impressed with how well everyone was masking on the bus -- and that moose! WOW! I've never seen a moose in the wild. I'm not sure I've even seen one in a zoo.

    The scenery on your ride with the dogs looks amazing, so I can see why you'd be tempted to keep going, but I'm glad you turned around for their sakes. :)

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    1. U Bet And Thank You Brother Reed - That Moose Sighting Made My Year For Sure - Such A Gorgeous Beast And Just Hanging Out - Took The Female Pup Two Days To Recover So We Only Hike These Days - Thanx Again For Checking In

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  19. Thank you for visiting my blog. Beautiful views. I found it on the radio . Thank you for sharing.

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    1. U Bet - Thanx For Streaming The Show - Hope You Enjoyed The Vibes

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  20. Wow to all that gorgeous scenery, and belated birthday wishes Padre. Looks like it was a good one!

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    1. Thank You For The Well Wishes - It Was A Fabulous Weekend

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  21. Das Bild mit dem Reh gefällt mir am besten, ein toller Schnappschuss. LG Romy

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    1. Danke - Das Reh war ein wenig erschrocken, hing aber nah an der Straße - Ich weiß deine Unterstützung zu schätzen - Bleib stark

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  22. Neat on your first moose sighting.

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    1. Over The Moon - Still Can't Believe It

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  23. Great words, I´ll make a wish.
    And also wish you a very happy Birthday!!! To the next 50!

    Dunno if you have this, too, we have dog-food called "Frolic".

    Love your cooler. And that street name! And hmmmm. outdoor eating. You sure had a great day! Cool bartender, too.
    Will I brave up like that in six months?

    With the company we once went disc-golfing. I´m not good at that. The others had a good laugh on me, though. At least there were laughs.

    Cool you saw a moose! A friend of mine went to Russia, saw one and panicked. She was so worn out, she told me, she later fell into her food. Sad I wasn´t there, must´ve been funny.

    Wow on your equipment of your radio! I thought these days it would be reduced a lot.
    Love the song. Sad we can only still imagine... You can send a voice message?! Cool (I hate my voice, though).

    49 push ups will be my goal then! Oh, help me Ronda! Cheers.
    You make hitting 50 less "scary", thank you!

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    1. Wish On My Friend - Another 50 It Is - So What Will Be Your Number In 6 Months ( 49 per push ups?? ) - When I Throw With Someone New, I Only Have Them Putt - Driving Comes Later And Can Be Rather Discouraging - Start Off Simple I Reckon - Yes, That Moose - All The Best During The Rest Of This Summer - Stay Strong

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    1. Sempre fico feliz em ouvir de você e feliz por você aproveitar o que vê

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  25. Happy belated birthday! Wishing you all the best!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself


    My Instagram

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  26. Happy 50th!! That is indeed something to celebrate. So funny about the dogs sprinting out front at first, and then lagging. I guess pacing is not something a dogs brain can fathom!

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    1. Thanx Spare Parts - Yes, Thats The Life Of The Pack - Sprint , Pant , Realize , And Wimpier - But They Are A Classic - Thanx For Checking In

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  27. Happy 50th my old friend. You did it in some style and never mind the poor hounds, I would have been bushwhacked trying to keep up with your energy. We have a dic golf around here but no one uses it. they prefer the drinking club across the road.

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    1. Many Thanx - Score On The Style Points - Would Highly Encourage You To Walk The Course And Then Come Back And Putt - Drinks Are Recommend While Tossing Easy Putts In The Basket - Get Rowdy Brother Phil

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  28. Wonderful ... that's exactly what I needed now ... green, wide, quiet.
    Thank you.
    Well, I am also in nature a lot, especially in the forest ... places to breathe, feel all your senses :-)
    But this afternoon I treated myself to the Olympics ... togetherness, to see the world - all peoples - all people who are happy and want to experience something together.
    Now green and fresh air must come ...
    love greetings to you.
    Thanks for your tours.
    Happy birthday.

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    1. We All Could Use A Dose Of This Place - Olympics Are Definitely On My Radar - Thank You For The Well Wishes, The Love Greetings, And For All Of Your Kind Words Over This Last Trip Around The Sun

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  29. I knew your hike SO well. We used to camp close to your 9th photo... but it's gotten crowded in recent years. I love love love that area :)

    Happy Birthday. Way to celebrate in style, along with the two pooches!

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    1. Crowed - Holy Smokes, Its A Damn Freeway Up Schofield Pass - Ohio Pass Is Another Go To - The Place That I Am Taking Care Is Near The Volunteer Fire House Up Here On The Mountain - Across The Street Is Snodgrass Loop - Another Overused Trail But Still Beautiful In The Morning - Sure Do Love Your Bear Videos

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  30. Happy belated birthday! You're still a youngster. Looks like you had a great week in Crested Butte...I have never been but i think I would like it! It's so green and beautiful. Have a great week.

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  31. Oh, wow... those photos are simply spectacular... amazing!
    P.S: your furry friends are so cute...

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  32. Oh wow this was a pretty long post but I love it all the photos
    Thnks for share with us your journey

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  33. What fantastic landscapes. I also loved to walk through these mountains and paths, so green and so beautiful.
    Your dogs are amazing.
    An excellent entry into the 50th. Happy Birthday.
    Cheers and all the best

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