Thursday, October 21, 2021

What A Full Moon

When The Sun Comes Up On A Sleepy Little Town     Down Around San Antone     And The Folks Are Raising For Another Day     Round About Their Home     The People Of The Town Are Strange       And They Are Proud Of Where They Came   Well    You Talking About Your China Grove 


The Doobie Brothers

The Caption And Me 1973

OPPORTUNITY:

A Silver Sneaker was sharing a story with me about their useless daughter's boyfriend. There is always two sides to the story and in this case it could be more like four sides to every story.


The situation basically was the daughter is relocated to Durango Colorado and the boyfriend is a flake. Does this sound familiar?? 


The more that I listened to these passionately descriptive stories filled with utter disgust, I chimed in. The deal I struck with them was that they would pay for my room, my meals, and that I would drive the Uhaul both ways. Wasn't all that fired up to help unload but for some reason I offered my services. Dumb A$$


They couldn't believe it, wasn't quite sure how to take it, and even made mention as if I was serious. Give me the address here in GJ and the address in Durango and you can count on me. They Were Stunned 


I went over the night before, after the truck was loaded, see you in Durango. I departed early that Tuesday morning and the drive to Ouray was simple. As I was heading up Red Mountain Pass ( Million Dollar Highway ) I knew the Bald Eagles were was calling my name back to Ouray. Both hands on the wheel, I drove like a ballerina dancing across the mountain range. I was creeping up the hill near Purgatory Ski Resort when they pulled along side of me all smiles. Party train the rest of the drive and unloading was easy peasy.


We casually made our way over to Steamworks Brewery for a bite to eat and a few delicious adult beverages. I went into reminiscing mode as there was a race that went through the brewery. I kid you not!!! Back in the day, the entire weekend was an event. Friday night was check in and packet pick ups. There was a bicycle parade that evening and costumes were encouraged. Saturday morning started off with a race against the train to the town of Silverton and then riding the train back to Durango. Sunday was the town crit and the brewery would remove the massive glass window, set up the wooden ramp, through the bar, out the backdoor, and down the ramp to the alley way. 


The criterium was an hour long race and you would try and complete as many laps as you could. Then, a bell lap would ring out and it was an all out sprint for the win. I would always hang back at the start of the crit races and allow those 15 inch spandex calf muscle to lead the way. Those serious monsters could easily conquer double digit lap counts but not me. After about lap 8 or so for me, I would let a little air pressure out of my rear wheel, find a little space, ride through the window frame, and pull a wheelie the length of the bar. The crowd noise would be deafening and I loved hamming that SH*T Up. Durango Kicks A$$

OURAY:

Left Durango before sunrise and rolled into the sleepy little town of Ouray. I notice two Marshall trucks parked about a block away. All be damn if two bears were in this Ponderosa Evergreen. The two officers made it clear that I wasn't wanted and to move along. So I politely continued walking towards Main Street and on down near the public pools. I dig the Koi Pond there and stretched out before heading back to the empty mechanical machine that awaited me. 


With a fresh cup of Joe in hand, I decided that I should selflessly take full advantage of my time here in Ouray. Even with tourist around every corner, Ouray is worthy of a visit. 



After a few more photos to send / share with friends, decided I had time to hike a section of Bear Creek Trail. The thought of driving back to GJ quickly became less of a priority and hiking topped my list of To Do's. And hopelessly glad I took the leap of faith. So Picture Perfect  

WEEKEND WORK:

Back up to Marble for two days of cleaning up after a drywall job. Yes, it was completely uninspiring work but it pays well. The guy that pays just finished drywalling an entire Victorian Home and I was manual labor boy for the day. Great 


The next morning, the air was flipping chilly, I walked down to the main park for a quick round of Disc Golf. To my surprise, folks have added 5 or 6 new holes to the old course. They definitely put in loads of hours mowing down weeds, digging out new tee pads for concrete pours at some point, and hippy signs with arrow markings towards the next tee. 


Two of the new holes will be impossible in the spring and summer. The new baskets are single chain only and unfortunately ankle putt baskets. Meaning, cheap baskets but for free, Oh Baby!! And as I was walking along a fairway after my piss pour drive into a tree, a two headed deer stood there in the sunshine checking me out. Even they disapproved of my lame drive. 


OK, you got me. There were four little Bambis but two ran off before I could snap the above photo. And below is one of the new baskets. You can see were the volunteers cleared away brush and thankfully added orange flags to all the new black basket locations.  Banner Mountain Trip 


CYCLING:

Just a few miles around town but nothing all that flashy. The city is replacing sections of the River Trail that have been in need of repairs for years now. So I am slowly spinning out miles and jacking around really. 


And check out the storm that never made it. A perfect display of how the Grand Valley is shafted once again. Our massive flat top Grand Mesa diverts weather systems and all we receive is wind and beautiful sunsets. And Yes CJ, 42 Is The Answer. 


I was riding the other evening and Mr Moon was so bold and beautiful. The Grand Valley was blanketed by those high translucent cirrus clouds so the old moon flashed and dodged and shined its light upon the blackened asphalt. I am always mesmerized by the way the moon knows how to hide on the other side of those mature Cottonwood Trees and then peek out at just the right time.



Couldn't pass up this here Nomad. It's completely gutted out and the motor is weeks away from firing its pipes to life. The midnight flat black paint is fresh and those rims are eye catching. So I rode over and snapped that shot. Most of the time on the saddle is all about those insignificant moments in time. Eyes Wide Shut 



Overall, our weather is totally perfect these days. Somedays I am not all up for a ride but with ideal temperatures I feel obligated to spin those wheels. Midway through every ride, I am glad I bucked up. 



GOALS:

  1. Bust A Move
  2. Finalize My Halloween Costume
  3. Dance More & Bark Less
  4. Finish My Latest Art Gifts 
  5. Enjoy Time With Friends Next Weekend 


Until Next Time, Dig Deep And Lead With Your Heart,

Cheers 

72 comments:

  1. You sure had a fun time! Lovely photos and your narration is wonderful too! Enjoyed reading.

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    1. Adventurous For Sure - Thanx For Reading Along There Magic - Nice Having You Back In Our Digital World Again

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    2. I saw a comment here a few weeks ago about Dr Akhere and i decided to contact him as instructed, thanks to this man for bringing joy to me as wished for. i followed instructions which he gave in other to get my lover back who left me and the kids for 3years now, but thanks to Dr Akhere because they are back to me now for good and we are happy together. please do contact him for help too if in relationship problem via email at: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com or call/whatsapp:+2349057261346 . And testify for yourself.

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  2. ...those eagles are something that I never see!

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    1. Fall Is The Time Of The Year When They Hunt The Ridgeway Area - So Lucky We Are

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  3. What a grandeur of nature and rich wildlife! I love the photo of the Koi Pond; koi are swimming in the reflected blue skies.

    Yoko

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    1. Yoko, So Nice Hearing From You - The Public Koi Pond Is Breath Taking - Always A Pleasure Hearing From You

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  4. Lovely scenery once again.
    You had a bit of an adventure seeing the birds and animals.
    Take care

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    1. Gorgeous Scenery Along The Western Slope Of Colorado - Take Care My Friend

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  5. I can't quite work out why you think you were dumb for offering help? You were paid? As you do, you captured some great bird and animal photos, and some good scenery photos. I had to expand the deer photo to the max to see a Bambi.

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    1. Because I Could Have Gotten Away With Just Driving And NOT Unloading The Daughter's Belongings - My Back Doesn't Need That Action And My Soft Girlie Hands Surely Do Not Need To Be Subjected To Pinching In Doorways - Plus, Took A Desk Corner To The Right Shin - Gotta Like That - Glad Bambi Finally Popped Out For Ya - Have A Fantastic Weekend My Brother

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  6. Awesome captures of the eagle and the bears in the tree. The koi are pretty and I love the deer and the pretty scenery! Sounds like fun times. Have a great day and a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanx E - Its Beautiful Out Here When You Have A Look Around - Looking Forward To This Weekend

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  7. Travis once again you saved the day for someone and that means a lot...and you had some awesome time in Nature this week so that was a nice fringe benefit. Poor bears hope they were left alone...people are such wimps bear looks completely docile. The moon was HUGE and lovely this week....
    Halloween costume, hmmm can't wait to see. TC

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    1. The Bears Were A Trip And That Tree Limb Was Amazing - Holding Up Two Bears Like That - I Can Understand Why The Marshall's Were Protective As They Certainly Never Want to Harm A Bear Because Of Joe Q Public's Ignorance - And Mr Moon Has Been Rather Brilliant This Month Of Rocktoeber

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  8. This is the best time of year for the high country (unless early snowfall). And Red mtn. Pass can be scary with the drop-offs. Ouray is where we'd always stop for ice cream. 😊

    Beautiful wildlife!!

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    1. It Is A Sweet Time Of Year - Red Mountain Has Drop Off But I Just Creep Along And All Is Well - Missed The Ice Cream This Time Around But Normally Have A Scoop Next To The Theater - Big Hugs Hootin

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  9. Your posts and the beautiful photos take me to the places I've always liked, that is, where nature is uncontaminated and animals live free.

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    1. Reciprocated Brother BLK - Dig Your Stories And Photos

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  10. All that wildlife this week, so exciting! Though I probably would have tried to linger while watching the park rangers deal with the bears in the tree. That's not something you'd find in good old Indiana.

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    1. Very Exciting - Life Is An Adventure

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  11. Bear Creek Trail looks awesome! Love the photos of the bears up that tree. Overall, looks like a great trip!

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    1. Wish You And The Family Could Make The Trip With Your Photography Skills - The Bears Made The Trip - Always A Pleasure Hearing From Ya

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  12. Beautiful photos my friend. Happy weekend.

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  13. Gorgeous outdoor photos. Happy Halloween when it comes!

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  14. Beautiful captures, great narrative of your weekly doings. Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  15. You know I love me some Bambis on my trails! They're pretty shy right now tho...don't worry, I'm not a hunter! Have a great weekend. Heading to Jackson Hole with my sister, so I'm looking forward to some mountain time...

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    1. Agreed - Sending Vibes To Jackson - Mother Nature Should Be Arriving Tomorrow - Stay Hydrated

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  16. Sounds like you had a great adventure with the move and gorgeous scenery to boot. I had to do a double take of the two-headed deer. 🎃 And Forest Puppies! (black bears) How cute are they? And that 42 is cool in more ways than one. We had a 42 here one morning, too. Take care and stay safe.

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    1. Gorgeous Road And Smiling Over Your Double Take - Forest Puppies, Brilliant - 42F Is Popping Up Everywhere In The States This Month - Happy Sunday CJ

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  17. Dearest Travis,
    Wow, you did ride that U-haul and indulged in some tourist things as you had a chance!
    Flakes are nasty people and others always have to 'finish' their chores...
    That deer must have 'winked' at you...😉
    Hugs and happy weekend!
    Mariette

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    1. You Always Know Just What To Say - Still Enjoying Your Blog But STILL UNABLE To Respond - In This Case, Glad He Was A Flake - Babysitting Is Far From My Wheelhouse - Those Little Deers Were All Ears - Big Hugs Mariette

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    2. Travis, just reading very intense and that's how I comment...
      You DID comment and know that I use comment moderation!😉
      Mariette

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    3. Sending Positive Vibes And Big Hugs

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  18. Thanks a lot <3

    Interesting post with nice pictures.
    Now I want to travel to mountains and lakes to watch some animals <3 :D
    Cheers

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    1. U Bet And Thank You - Travel On Dear

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  19. That drive through Ourey to Durango is spectacular. I've done it once,no actually twice as we took the train one direction back to Durango, and it was definitely memorable. It's a really pretty area. And even if you were doing to to help out the friend's daughter and her boyfriend (was he as bad the parents said?), it was worth the time I think. Great photos and those eagles are wow! Hugs and happy weekend.

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    1. Totally Captivating And I Am Thankful You Survived A Trek Across The Million Dollar Highway - He No Showed Which Was Fine By Me As The Unloading Was Drama Free - Appreciate The Digital Hugs My Friend

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  20. Die Bilder sind mal wieder traumhaft schön. LG Romy

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  21. It's good to work close to nature and be able to appreciate all its grandeur. Excellent photographic captures. I especially loved the photos of the eagles and the deer.
    Have a nice weekend
    Hugs and all the best

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    1. Outside My Friend - As Much As Possible - The Eagles Are Mesmerizing This Time Of Year - Happy Rocktoeber

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  22. These animals, so beautifully captured! Amazing pics!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    1. Those Bears Were SO Big - Still Cant Believe That Tree Limb Could Hold Them

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  23. Difficult situation. But great views as reward.
    #2 - I look forward to see!!

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  24. Oh my brother Padre! You know how I would be so happy to see those leaves changing colors on that gorgeous photo of that mountain road! My boss who lives in Rhode Island kept telling me how pretty the leaves are changing at her place now, I can only feel jealous! Haven't written in a long time but super happy to see you passed by brother, it means a lot! Sending hugs and thoughts brother from starting-to-get-colder Philippines (Okay so cold here is 27C and a little below, which I bet is summer weather there HAHA)

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    1. The East Coast Is A Thousand Times More Stunning - They Have A Full Spectrum Of Autumn Colors - Really Nice To Hear From You Again And Been Wondering About You - Last I Heard, You Were Riding Your Bike To Work - Stay Strong Brother Stevenson

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  25. Rocks in Bear Creek show the stunningly beautiful joint.

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  26. Beautiful scenery! (As always!) I hope the marshals weren't going to bother those bears in the tree.

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    1. Stunningly Gorgeous For Sure - I Am Fairly Confident That The Marshals Protected Those Bears From Man - As Long As There Is No Incident, All Should Be Well - Or They Were Waiting For The DOW To Arrive As They Are The Official Trackers Of Wildlife - l Definitely Couldn't Tell If Those Bears Had Been Tagged Yet Or Not - Be Well This Work Week Brother Reed

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  27. I hope to see your Halloween costume
    So annoying the situation at Durango

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    1. All Went Well In Durango - Its Not Being THAT Guy - Looking Forward To This Whole Weekend

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  28. I really like the pictures of the nature, this all wild landscapes that you can share here with us.

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    1. Many Thanx As I Do Enjoy Witnessing It All - Thanx For Checking In Carolyna

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  29. La naturaleza, muestra su lado más bello y es lo que nos acabas de mostrar, en este excelente trabajo fotográfico.

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    1. Thanx For The Kind Words And Well Wishes - Rock That Football Sh*T

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  31. Your photos of nature are always so beautiful, congrats!
    Happy November, Kisses, Paola.

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    1. We Made It Through The Halloween Weekend AND The Day Of The Dead - Always Pleased Hearing From You - Be Well

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  32. Wild nature is beautiful - ty for sharing with us this story and awesome pic

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    1. So Beautiful - You're So Welcome My Friend

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  33. Happy November to you as well! It is great that you have been enjoying perfect weather. Autumn has been pretty mild here as well. The hike you took looks like a great one. Those are some wonderful nature shots. I love the Bambi one. Nature is always inspiring.
    I agree there are always two sides to any story- and in that case probably four sides to that story. Have a great day ahead.

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    1. Been Playing In The Autumn Colors For Months Now - Bambi Makes My Heart Smile - Agreed, We All Have Stories And Tales - Be Well This Month

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  34. I saw a comment here a few weeks ago about Dr Akhere and i decided to contact him as instructed, thanks to this man for bringing joy to me as wished for. i followed instructions which he gave in other to get my lover back who left me and the kids for 3years now, but thanks to Dr Akhere because they are back to me now for good and we are happy together. please do contact him for help too if in relationship problem via email at: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com or call/whatsapp:+2349057261346 . And testify for yourself.

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