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We’re supposed to be in the midst of snowpocalypse out here. I could point out the irony of said snowpocalype in a place reknowned for its snow but, la.

Ironically, up in the mountains it’s not as bad as it was on the I-70 corridor. In point of fact, I had a perfectly uneventful trip to Frisco for a haircut and various errands and didn’t realize, until calling to speak to Spouse, that the roads were supposed to be in any way disastrous.

When I left at about 11 am, there was about 6 inches of snow on my car. It was overcast but not snowing, so it didn’t even occur to me to call 511 for the road update. Once I was over the Fremont Pass (upon which there was virtually NO blowing snow) and about halfway to Coppper, the visibility deterioriated. I have a couple of great pictures on my camera (to be uploaded later).

There was more snow on I-70 than usual and the visibility was such that you almost had to take it on faith that you were, in fact, merging onto I-70, but other than that it was okay.

In related news, if you were the douchebag in a red Land Rover who decided to just put their brakes on as though they were going to stop in the middle of the highway, you can eat a bag of dicks.

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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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More photos

My trip to Salida on the 26th. When I left Leadville it was snowing but in the pics you can see it clears off before Buena Vista. Leaving Salida, I took an inadvertant detour to Monarch before realizing and coming back. 

Photos here.

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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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This is a view from the dump.

This is a view from the dump.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, so the picture is from Saturday. I took it over the top of Spouse’s truck because it was garbage day and I maintain this has to be the best view from a garbage site in the world.

I’ve got some other pictures from the trip home which shall be another post…

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