Taking an (indefinite) break

I started this blog in January 2006. In those almost 8 years I’ve posted almost 2600 blog posts, and you’ve commented almost 4500 times!

But now I find there are other things I want to do and create … keeping up this blog is not helping me reach those goals.

So I will be taking an indefinite break from updating Those Crazy Schuberts. Maybe I’ll come back to show you photos of our next vacation. Maybe I’ll redesign the whole site to just direct visitors to our other online presences. We’ll see. I’m not going away entirely; just from this particular site. For now.

You can continue to follow what Andrew and I are up to by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (links in the sidebar  –>)

I will also post personal-ish stuff over at Lemon and Raspberry. I’ll be keeping up my American History book reviews (no set schedule on that). And I will be creating other things every day that just won’t end up online.

We’ll see how long this lasts … I may find that I miss Those Crazy Schuberts after a few months.

xo

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Colorado: drive home

Tuesday, July 23, we drove home from Colorado.

Again we did all 1000+ miles in one day. Again Andrew drove the whole way while I slept and read.

But we left earlier and we made fewer stops AND we gained an hour across time zones so we actually got home around 8p.

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We stopped once in Utah. Andrew was going a little wild  – wanting to climb every rock and mountain he saw.

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But it was just a short stop because we were both ready to get home.

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Last photo: the soundtrack of our trip …. all the cds we brought and listened to

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Colorado: Bear Lake

Of course we went to Rocky Mountain National Park on our last afternoon in Colorado. And, of course, we went on a completely easy, low-key “hike” so Andrew could stay awake on the drive the next day. Bear Lake parking lot is notoriously crowded. ALWAYS full. It serves as the main parking lot for several trailheads (long and short) and we all kinds of levels of hikers there. We parked pretty far away (basically the first spot we saw).

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Still gorgeous, and we can walk. No complaining.

Bear Lake “hike” is wheelchair accessible. Which means it was EASY ….. Which means it was crowded. Not terrible. Not as bad as I expected, but still pretty busy.

Once you get to the end of the parking lot there is a shuttle terminal (in case you had to park somewhere else), drinking fountains, and a couple bathrooms.

And the path through the trees to take you to the lake ….

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The Bear Lake hike is basically just an easy loop around the lake, but in all other directions are longer hikes to other lakes and other parts of the park.

Someday I’d like to come back and do one of the longer ones.

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There were points of interest all along the path – and I grabbed the little guide brochure that told us what we were looking at. Various types of plants, a tree that lived through getting struck by lightning. That kind of thing.

It was pretty easy to get to the water from the path, and there were big stones and some boulders all around so we could easily just sit with our feet in the water if we wanted….

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Lots of bright blue dragonfly-type insects in this water grass. …

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Around this spot we ran into a ranger*

*Tangent: If I were a park ranger this is the kind of assignment I would want. Walk around Bear Lake all day and answer tourists’ questions. ALMOST like being a tour guide, except way more low-key

*so we came across one of the rangers who, you know, got our attention, talked to us and then asked if this view looked familiar. Um, no? Should it?

Turns out the back of the Colorado state quarter is a view of Bear Lake. She, of course, was carrying a quarter on her, specifically for this purpose.

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The end! Like I said, really easy. Maybe 40 minutes or so and we were deliberately taking our time.

Before we leave Bear Lake, just a quick note re: the water fountains there. All the drinking fountains we came across in Rocky Mountain National Park had a spot where you could fill up a water bottle – not tipping the water bottle at a 45 degree angle so you could wedge it under the spout. An actual for-water-bottles spout. At Bear Lake, it was lower down on the side (see photo below) and reminded me of the water we got all over Rome.

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Then we headed home …. back through the park, back through the traffic.

Andrew was exhausted after 2 days of long hikes and then getting up earlyish that morning for the Stanley Hotel. We were planning on driving about 16 hours the next day, so back to Kevin’s house to rest.

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Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

SO Monday afternoon we spent at the Stanley Hotel which is in Estes Park, CO (part 1 and part 2 here). You know what else is in Estes Park? The entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park!

Obviously we went again… ESPECIALLY because our pass was still good, so we didn’t even have to pay another entrance fee. God bless the National Park system!

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This time, instead of turning right and heading up the Trail Ridge Road, we turned left / south toward Bear Lake.

We stopped first at this visitor’s center just inside the park entrance. I don’t remember what it was called, and I can’t look it up because ‘government shutdown’ apparently means making entire websites inaccessible. Even though they are obviously still paying for the site’s hosting. Whatever.

Anyway … the visitor’s center was closed anyway. But we parked, got out, checked out the view. It is SO gorgeous there!

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Back in the car and a little bit farther down the road we could pull onto the shoulder and park, and then head down to this river/creek/stream (no idea what you would consider this one).

Shoes off. Feet in the water. It was a beautiful beautiful day.

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A ranger leading some horse-back-riding tourists walked by (between the river and the car)…. That would be so fun!

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Honestly, if I had a book I could have sat there ALL DAY.

But, we wanted to see a little bit more of the park since it was our last day…. back in the car for a little more driving.

The road to Bear Lake has construction (probably every summer), so we had to stop for awhile… You can see the line of cars behind me in the mirror.

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I kept looking up at the mountains, straining my eyes for any tiny little hint of movement and wildlife …

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Tomorrow, our “hike” around Bear Lake…

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Colorado: Stanley Hotel (part 2)

Continuing our tour of the Stanley Hotel...

(note: part 1 of the tour here …. or you can see the ghost tour we took a couple years ago in Scotland)

As I mentioned before … our tour guide Ryan couldn’t really GUIDE us from outside the guests’ rooms. But he did let us know what to expect, what we would be looking at, and would silently point out some stuff as well. (kind of like Jimmy, our tour guide for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Italy)

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This is the front door of the CURRENT Presidential Suite. The original presidential suite started about 6-8′ closer to the camera, and took up I think 3 or 4 (now) rooms in the corridor.

Again, this is where Stephen King stayed when he got his inspiration for The Shining.

This is also where, in the 20s I think, there was a HUGE explosion and a housekeeper was severely injured. She didn’t die, but she is still rumored to haunt these rooms. Especially crawling into bed between an unmarried couple… because, you know. The scandal!

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OK. Let’s put your ghost hunting skills to work!

The collage below is 1 image – you should be able to click (twice) on it to see it bigger.

I want you to look at these images and tell me if you see a ghost. … or anomaly of some kind. All photos from Andrew’s cell phone.

This stairwell is called ‘the vortex’ and tends to have a lot of activity.

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This photo below is up in the bell tower. Apparently a guest scratched that there and the hotel decided to leave it :)

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Another one of the haunted rooms …. it *happened* to be being cleaned when we walked by (benefit of the 11a tour time) so the door was open for us to peek in.

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the LONG hallway (there were no creepy twins at the end though)

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And then after seeing the hallways and the (doors to the) rooms, we headed down to BELOW the basement … to see where the hotel was built on quartz and limestone.

Ryan claims that no one has ever died at the hotel (ghost hunting shows find non-hotel historians who say there have been deaths), so the hotel’s theory is these quartz and limestone is the power that holds the HAPPY spirits to the property and gives them energy. This big rock behind Ryan (in the photo below) is directly under the Vortex, (not) coincidentally.

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And with that the tour was over! Bummer. I love tours.

We didn’t want to pay hotel prices for food, so we took a quick glimpse of the bar (also inspired The Shining) and headed out.

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(the back of the hotel)

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I would definitely go back for a ghost hunt :)

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Colorado: Stanley hotel tour (part 1)

You all know I love guided tours. I love them. LOVE THEM. So when we found ourselves Sunday night with no definite plans for the next day I thought, “TOUR!” The Stanley Hotel – well known from inspiring The Shining and appearing in several ghost hunting shows – is in Estes Park. The hotel offers various ghost-hunting, history, fire engine and other tour options. The Stanley Hotel tour that we were able to book was just the first one listed : The Stanley Tour. Larger group, good overview, and LOTS of availability. We went online Sunday night and booked for 11a Monday morning.

We woke up, left Kevin at home (he claimed he was going to write, but who knows), drove to Estes Park. When we pulled into the parking lot we had to give the security guard our confirmation number that we actually had tour tickets before being allowed to park. Slightly weird, considering it is a hotel with a restaurant that you would think they want guests to visit.

The Stanley Hotel is kind of amazing …. I think I love it.

Learned recently that Kristen Schaal got married there and I am so jealous. Seems like a perfect blend of outdoors and historic mansion-ish.

It opened in 1909 … so not terribly old (not like Europe, or even New England) but old enough for the West. And old enough to have ghosts and all kinds of stories …

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While I would like to use this space to recount the hotel’s history and details … you should probably just read the Wikipedia article if you care.

First step was to FIND the tour. It’s in the basement, in case you’re wondering. There’s a whole room set up with a welcome desk-area near the door (where we checked in and got our tickets printed and our we’re-on-the-tour stickers) and then the rest of the room has rows of chairs and a TV screen.

Because it’s a working hotel, our tour did not include actually entering any of the guest rooms – instead they have produced a short, 5 min video that gives you a little tour of the (haunted) guest rooms. Just so you can see the inside.

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Our tour guide was this cute actor kid named Ryan. This is why I love guided tours – the guides are inevitably former or aspiring actors. I love actors :) Ryan is apparently a college student in Chicago, but has come to work at the Stanley for the last few summers.

Our first stop was the auditorium … a building separate from the main hotel, so we had a little bit of a walk.

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This auditorium is, I believe, a one-third replica of the Boston Philharmonic’s music hall (the Stanleys were from Boston). And Mrs. Stanley loved to play the piano so her ghost is rumored to hang out around here. Of course.

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Ryan was kind of great in that he pointed out the places where ghosts are rumored to have been seen, and then suggested we take multiple photos of the same spot so we can compare images for anomalies. Brilliant – catering to that kind of tourism :)

Obviously Andrew and I did just that.

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This room is below the auditorium …. It originally had a bar and a bowling alley for the men to … I don’t know. Hang out in? I’m not totally clear on when/why this room was used.

Now, though, it’s a piano graveyard. People hear that Mrs. Stanley loved pianos so they donate their vintage, period pianos to the Stanley. But Mrs. Stanley loved HER OWN pianos …. and these strangers’ pianos don’t really have a home anywhere. They live here under the auditorium (where, btw, I think they might have wedding receptions. We definitely saw a couple getting the tour while we were there).

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Next, past the main building to the outbuildings on the other side.

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That little balcony in the middle of the second floor (it’s also on the far left of the photo above) … ? That’s where Stephen King stayed when he got the inspiration for The Shining. The Presidential Suite (at that time). And it must have been some hell of an inspiration – the book was written, edited and on shelves 6 months later.

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F.O. Stanley and his brother made their fortunes in the photography (tech) business … but then, later in life, they got bored? We’ll call it inspired. And they started another company – Stanley Motor Carriage Company.

The Stanley Hotel has this small Stanley Steamer ‘museum’ that was part of the tour. This is why I love guided tours. I wouldn’t have even known to LOOK for this building otherwise, and without the guide I would only have a vague idea what I was looking at.

Sidenote: also on this side of the property is the pet cemetery that began way way at the beginning of the hotel’s being open. Dating back from the days when their guests were friends from back east coming for the summer. And bringing their pets. Apparently, this pet cemetery doesn’t have anything to do with Stephen King’s Pet Sematary … but you never know.

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then back to the front, main entrance of the hotel to tour the inside …. check out that view:

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First stop INSIDE the main hotel was the music room ….

Again, the piano is said to be haunted by Mrs. Stanley’s ghost. So don’t go past that velvet rope.

We also learned a bit more about Stephen King’s stay, how the hotel inspired the book, and all about why the Stanley Kubrick film wasn’t made there. Fascinating. I had no idea any of this stuff ….

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And then, Ryan took us to the landing in the main stairwell.

This is where he told us about the rooms and the ghosts and what to look for and a bit of the history of this part of the hotel. Again, because it is a working hotel, he couldn’t really stand out in front of some poor person’s hotel room and yell to 20 people about the room, so instead he gave us the low down right here…

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tomorrow … the rest of the tour …

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Colorado: at home and a hike

So, needless to say, after the long, exhausting hike on Saturday, when I woke up Sunday morning I was so so tired.

Plus, for whatever reason, my right shoulder was especially sore – I assume from carrying my big camera all day.

(nevertheless, I was still the first one up on Sunday morning. I just can’t get away from my early morning habits)

Andrew – love him – went out and got us big coffees. Kevin has a coffee pot, but it’s really for 1 person. I could drink a whole pot full myself, so a couple of the mornings we were in Colorado, Andrew just went to a local coffeeshop and bought us some. So we didn’t have to hover over Kevin’s machine making potfull after potfull for all 4 of us.

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While he was out, Andrew also stopped by a liquor store and bought about $100 worth of beer that you can’t get in California. We have a few friends who are beer connoisseurs. Including one who is actually the beer buyer for our local Whole Foods.

Yea, we brought all of that home with us …

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Kevin and Sam got up later in the morning …. and by then THEY were all ready to go for another hike.

I was not.

So Andrew, Kevin, Sam and the 2 dogs packed up water and snacks and left around 1p to go find another hike.

I stayed home and read and rested and worked a little bit.

All alone.

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(did the dishes, even, since apparently no one else in the house was going to)

By mid-late afternoon I was ready to head out and do something, but since I was all alone I didn’t end up leaving the house.

This is what Andrew was doing while I was lolling about …

They drove out to Nederland (where I think Kevin had been camping before) and found a trail:

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They had some spotty cell service, so at about 6p Andrew texted me and said “Just got to the end of the trail. We’ll be home around 9p.”

My immediate assumption was the trail was a loop and they got back to the car but it would take them 3 hours to drive home. SO confused.

Instead, he meant they got to the END of the trail, and had to turn around and come back …

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They ended up stopping for some A&W food on the way home, walked in a little after 9p and we watched (the first half of) The Hobbit.

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We both had good days (albeit separately)…. but now the problem was that I was all rested and ready for Monday and Andrew was not.

He’s a trooper though. Wait til you see what we did Monday (after he had spent basically 2 days hiking)

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Colorado: long hike near Estes Park

Saturday … it was time to get out of the house again. Hiking in Colorado is a MUST, obviously.

Kevin had told us that he found a little semi-private trail just in the middle of a residential area, kind of on the way to Estes Park. So we all 6 piled into his car after lunch to go for a hike!

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So I’m not exactly sure how Kevin stumbled across this trail. It is literally deep in a residential neighborhood, tiny little barely marked path off the side of the road across from someone’s house. He says the first time he hiked it, he ran into someone else who said that someone in the neighborhood basically built it, and it loops around.

That’s all we knew. Kevin hadn’t hiked the whole thing, but it looked like it went into a National Forest, so how bad could it be?

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Dogs went off leash almost immediately and LOVED it. Of course.

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At one point we crossed this stream. Someone had bolted boards to the actual boulders in the middle of the stream to make a path.

Kind of amazing.

Also very clear that this was not a government-sanctioned trail :) No way would the powers-that-be allow something like this!

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Up hill, around, across the water, up more hill …. to a look out.

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This pile of boulders and lookout is where Kevin stopped and turned around the last time that he hiked this trail.

We were possibly in the highest spot on the trail, with dark rain clouds moving in from the west. I believe Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains were to the right of us in the photo below.

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We took some time to rest and drink water and just enjoy the beautiful day…

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(and take photos of course)

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After a bit, it was back to hiking.We had gone slightly off the trail to get to the overlook, but we returned, slightly down the hill and kept going. Not far off where we joined the trail again it split off with a fork going toward another pile of boulders. We assumed it was another lookout and chose the other branch …

Which took us deeper into the forest ….

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( a short stop for snacks. Graham crackers turn out to be awesome hiking food )

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We came across this meadow (gorgeous) …. You could *barely* see the trail through all the knee-high plants.

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Eventually, near the bottom of the hill, the trail seemed to hit a road.

It looked like the trail actually just ended, with a small pathway to a dirt road – a ROAD, mind you. Not a trail.

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When Kevin did the hike before, the person he ran into had said that at one point you “lose the trail” for a little bit. So we assumed that’s what this was. We chose the direction on the road that would logically curve back toward where we started and where the car was parked. The very subtle curve we had been following the whole time.

The road was uphill though. And I was getting tired.

I won’t speak for the other 3 – but I was getting tired. We had been hiking about 2 hours by this time.

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And then we went around a little curve in the road and saw a gate blocking the road up ahead.

Um. What?

Walked all the way up to see this ….

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Yea. That says “Trail Ends. Turn Back. No Exceptions”

So that’s awesome.

What choice did we have? So, we turned around and went back the way we came. The whole time keeping our eyes peeled for where the trail may have continued off the road and we missed it.

While we were looking carefully for a trail we found ….. a kill site.

I can’t believe we didn’t take a photo.

We could see some (what we assumed to be) animal bones a little bit down the hill off the side of the road. Kind of a lot. Obviously more than 1 animal. Jokes begin about serial killers and body dumping.

So Andrew goes to investigate. The hill was pretty steep, but he hiked down in there, shouted up that he saw more bodies and walked a little bit farther. And, of course, the true crime conniseur that I am – my imagination started going wild.

Obviously the people who live up past that gate are just like the House of 1000 Corpses family, and they are going to come just appear out of nowhere since we found their body dumping site. And then we’ll never be seen again …

Finally, Andrew comes back up to the road and reports that he found 4 deer or elk legs. With the fur and muscle and hoofs all still on. Still creepy, but at least no human bodies ….

SO, on we go, hoping there are no murderous hicks behind us…. back down the road, back to where the trail (apparently) ended, back up the hill and back around and back through that same meadow and back and back and back that whole way …

…. good lord was I tired. My limbs were starting to tingle which I can only assume is from lack of oxygen and all that physical exertion at that high elevation.

I have far far fewer photos of this part of the trip because I was so tired and starting to feel ill.

Finally (finally) we came to the fork in the trail that we *thought* led to a lookout. Kevin quickly ran down to where the trail curved around those boulders and reported that it went PAST the boulders, not TO the boulders….. so we took that branch.

The whole time I’m just hoping that there’s not much farther because I am tired and out of shape. Ooops.

Around the boulders down the hill some more. Kevin and Sam stopped to take off their shoes and just hike in their socks. While we were standing, tying tennis shoes on to the backpack, the dogs ran on ahead …. and then ran back dripping wet.

They had found the stream again ….

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It was just gorgeous. Lots of smooth boulders to sit on, dip our feet into, dogs to play in.

We sat near the water for maybe 20 minutes or so…. and Andrew lost a sock.

It slipped into the water, went over one of the tiny waterfalls, and then never came back up!

Oh well….

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After leaving the stream it wasn’t that much farther – we crossed the stream and walked uphill where the trail forked several times.

We heard a dog barking nearby, followed one of the forks, and ended up practically in someone’s backyard. It must be pretty cool to live there right by a trail.

But, eventually, we found the main part of the trail and were able to follow it back to the car. 4 hours later. Andrew estimates 5 or 6 miles or so. Maybe the longest hike I’ve ever done. And in high elevation no less.

I was so so tired.

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Drove home and we all 4 took showers.

And then went out to dinner! Boulder’s best Mexican restaurant – Efrain’s II

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LONG day.

Glad I did it. But, MAN was I tired!

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First a note: 5 years ago this month was the most intense moment of the financial crisis. And basically right at the same time one of my favorite podcasts began – NPR’s Planet Money.

If you only vaguely understand what happened in 2008 (and just before and the years afterward), subscribe to this podcast and listen to all the archives.

Seriously fantastic.

and now for this week’s links ….

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Colorado: Backyard grilling and water pong

Friday night, Andrew and I got back from Avery Brewery around 6:30p or so. Kevin was ready for some backyard grilling, some water pong and just hanging out at home. Kevin has a few housemates that live in the main level of the house, and all the guys are pretty good friends and they share the backyard.

We had some chicken sausages perfect for grilling over the fire. And it was a gorgeous night to just hang out in the backyard, around the fire, playing water pong.

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“Water pong” is basically beer pong with water. And less getting drunk. Kevin and his housemates just keep a standing game going and play regularly.

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I did pretty ok for my first time. Sam still beat me, though.

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One of Kevin’s housemates came out and grilled himself a burger too. I tried to get some ghost stories going as it got darker. I love ghost stories. :)

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After dinner, once it was too dark to see each other and kinda late, we went back down into Kevin’s apartment and watched… something. What did we watch that night? Maybe The Hobbit :)

Next week: Maybe the longest hike I’ve ever been on in my life!

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Colorado: touring Avery Brewery

Friday morning: We were all kinda worn out from our long day on Thursday. I woke up first (of course) and had an hour or 2 to myself again. I made coffee, and worked on my travel journal a little, and dove back into the book I was reading (Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin).

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We kind of just read all morning … .

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I didn’t want to spend ALL day reading, though. Andrew and I made plans to go out (Kevin stayed home).

Before we even started planning our trip to Colorado, a blog that I follow posted this Boulder, CO city guide. PLUS one of Andrew’s co-workers used to live here, so we got some recommendations from him too.

We left mid-afternoon and started with Salvaggio’s for lunch. It’s a deli in downtown Boulder that was recommended to us. It was pretty empty – but of course we went at about 2p. In the summer in a college town.

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Good (enormous) sandwiches. Poo signs:

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We timed our lunch for the middle of the afternoon so we would be done at about the right time for the highlight of the day: touring Avery Brewery.

Again, this was a recommendation, but when we looked into it even more I got more and more excited. This brewery offers free tours every day at 4p (you just need to get there and sign up. First come first served). We got there at about 340p or so, so we signed up on the sheet, and then settled into the tap room to try some of their beers before the tour.

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I don’t know if you can read the menu, but each of these beers is offered in a $2 “taster” size. Which is perfect for us, since I don’t drink beer and Andrew wanted to try a bunch of them.

But the “tasters” are this big:

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That is more than just a taste, to me. For $2? Deal city.

We tried 4 or 5 different kinds before the tour started. The tap room also has all these outdoor tables to sit and drink (and eat) too. Keep in mind this was a Friday afternoon. It was such a great environment!

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So our tour started (free!) and we were led around the brewery by Jordan:

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Jordan obviously loves beer and loves her job and she was a GREAT tour guide!

The brewery is in an industrial complex kind of place – they take up 3 or 4 separate units that are not actually all next to each other so there was quite a bit of walking around.

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Walking back to the tap room – next stop the bottling center and then after that the barrel room….

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The last stop was the barrel room …. where we got a (free) taster for one of their main brews!

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I learned a lot about beer – I learned a lot about Avery in particular. And even though I don’t like beer, I’m still really glad we went and that I at least tried the beer.

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After the tour ended, Andrew had another couple beers that he wanted to taste before we left so we found a little corner in the tap room and ordered a couple more drinks.

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Fun little “date” in the middle of our vacation.

Next: relaxing in Kevin’s backyard

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Colorado: drive through Colorado

On our second day in Colorado, we spent the whole morning in Rocky Mountain National Park (part 1 and part 2). We drove Trail Ridge Road all the way through the park, where it finally dropped us off on the south-west side of the park in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Just in time for lunch.

We had recommendations for a couple restaurants (thanks to the guidebooks), but couldn’t find what we were looking for. So we ended up eating at this right-on-the-main-strip, just-ok restaurant. Burgers for all of us, beer for the boys.

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Leaving Grand Lake it started to rain …. and then a little south of town it started to POUR. Full on torrential pour so that all the bugs from our 1000-mile drive were washed off the windshield.

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The first part of our drive through Colorado was just straight south, and we drove alongside Lake Granby. Right near what I’m pretty sure was Rainbow Bay there was just a small dirt turnout with a practically invisible trail down through wild flowers to the water.

With the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

And thick dark rain clouds all around.

It was gorgeous

As you can clearly see ….

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About halfway to the water, looking back up the hill to the road:

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It probably wasn’t real easy to skip rocks on such choppy water. The rain/storm/wind made it a bit chilly. But, again, it was gorgeous and I brought a jacket so who cares about a little wind.

You can see over the mountains in the distance where it was still raining …

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After leaving Lake Granby we just had a LONG drive ahead of us. … .I wish I could have taken more photos, but from the car and with the rainy weather you wouldn’t have really been able to appreciate how gorgeous it was. It got down to maybe 60 degrees or so as we wound through these mountain roads, tall pine trees on either side.

Kevin kept making note of campgrounds (Robber’s Roost) or trail heads to come back to because he had never been to that part of the state before.

34 highway south to the 40, down further south past towns called “Winter Park”, through Arapaho National Forest…. all the way to the 70. Which we then took east, and then north again on the 36 to Boulder. Totally a long big circle around, but it was really our only option other than going the exact same road back through Rocky Mountain National Park.

It rained off and on through the whole trip, and once we got closer to the 70 we stopped for coffee which was just about the perfect treat for that point during the day.

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We got back to Kevin’s apartment in Boulder around 5 or 6p or so …where I made sausage lentil soup! It’s a recipe I’ve made so many times I know it by heart. Kevin had homemade chicken stock, so I just told him the rest of the ingredients to get at the store and we had delicious homemade soup.

For a couple days, even.

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(Kevin helped chop)

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Sam came over later that night (brought Muppet back home) and we just relaxed, drank beer and watched movies all night. LONG drive during the day, relaxing night at home.

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