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1. DON’T PANIC. Whiteouts are typically caused by blowing snow. ‘Blowing’ means that intermittently you’ll probably be able to see.

2. DO NOT stop your car.

3. Drive as slowly as you think necessary but don’t pull over or stop. It increases your chances of getting hit and/or injured.

4. Turn on your effing lights. They won’t help YOU see, but they’ll help OTHER PEOPLE SEE YOU. See above.

5. Look for the sides of the road. Specifically, the right side of the road. If you have a hard time seeing, roll down the passenger window.

6. Don’t pass people. It’s a dumb idea.

7. Don’t tailgate. Same reason.

 

Snowpocalypse, part deux

Snowpocalypse, part deux

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BUSY couple of days at work and some unexpected (and fun) travel over the weekend leads to a lack of posting.

Saturday we saw Watchmen. I loved it. Spouse even enjoyed it quite a lot. I seem  to be in the minority of fans who 1. do not care that the ending was changed from the graphic novel. I thought the film ending made more sense and was more interesting/compelling. 2. Loved the soundtrack. Didn’t find it distracting and loved the song choices.

Sunday was 13 hours of work. Today was 8.5. Tomorrow is likely to be less, though there are no guarantees.

Today I took Piper for a run. By run I mean sprint/walk intervals. Our path was 1.8 miles roundtrip and hopefully we”ll work up to 3 miles. Here’s the view where we turn around:

 

Our turnaround point.

Our turnaround point.

I’m also learning interesting things about cardio workouts at high altitudes. We’ll see if we can’t muster up the same enthusiasm tomorrow. It’s especially nice to do right before I go to work because Piper’s a little less wired up when I leave.

For tonight, I am sleeping in the dungeonlike-dark basement because I will not be awakened by 1. alarm clocks at 6:30 am or 2. sunshine coming in my window. I need to catch up on the sleep I didn’t get last night.

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I finally decided to use the photo stitch option from my camera software and took photos from 3rd street (next to the football field, if you care). Now that I know how it works, I’m going to go back and take a better, more zoomed set so that you get an idea of how the mountains REALLY look. The zoom out to capture the whole range in these photos doesn’t do justice to how close they are.  I also had to lop out huge chunks of big blue sky.

It really might take forever to load but it’s worth it.

 

Sawatch Range from 3rd St. Leadville

Sawatch Range from 3rd St. Leadville

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And working this afternoon/tonight, I’m posting early. Any time I want to go to Target, I have to drive to Frisco/Silverthorne. As I’ve said many times, I don’t mind having to drive an hour in any direction to run an errand because the views are stunning.

These are photos I took on the drive.

I think I’m going to have Mexican food for lunch, and call to fix a couple of long-distance issues from Michigan.

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Part of skijoring is capturing rings on the course.  And as crazy as this whole sport sounds, it actually LOOKS CRAZIER.

Here’s the photoset.

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This is a skijoring weekend in Leadville. If, like me, you were previously unaware of skijoring – here’s the skinny:

They truck snow into town and create a track down main street.  They build jumps out of the snow, on the track. Then some crazy fools strap on skis, tie themselves to a horse, and let the horse run them full speed down the track and over the jumps. Yes, they really do.

Here’s a picture of the prep on Harrison this morning: (as always, click pics for bigger view)

 

Skijoring prep in Leadville.

Skijoring prep in Leadville.

We’ve had a kind of unusually warm week which allowed all the snow on the roads to melt. That’s a first since I’ve been here but the good news is we’ve already got some snow tonight and it should continue through the weekend. Probably not great for our plans to see Watchmen, but good for skijoring I’m sure.

There’s a pancake breakfast tomorrow but other than that and watching some crazy fools try to kill themselves, we don’t have any solid plans. Scheming is afoot for a trip to Santa Fe and I’ve got to bake a birthday cake.

Also filed under Things You Don’t Usually See in Michigan:

 

Prepared?

Prepared?

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I took these pics today on my way to Silverthorne. It’s Spouse’s favorite view on that particular drive, just inside Summit County. The first photo was in the early afternoon, the second on my way home. Click the photos for the full view.

 

First time through

First time through

 

Different view, same place, later that day.

Different view, same place, later that day.

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