Monthly Archives: August 2008

update

Sorry folks, I have not been very good about updating my pages lately… things aare CRAZY busy with work and life.  I promise to post more as soon as I have something new to say 🙂

Football ongoing with Noah’s first game next Thrusday under the lights of the high school field in Kremling, and Hockey tryouts are next Saturday. 

Hoping to smoke something this weekend, maybe a pork shoulder-  Ill post photos if I do!

untill next time….

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SNOW!!!

Taken this morning from my front porch!


Historic Georgetown Loop Railroad and Lebanon Silver Mine

Today Dad, Noah and l took a ride down the interstate to Georgetown, Colorado, home of the Georgetown Loop narrow gauge railroad and Lebanon Silver Mine.  We started at the Devils Gate station and rode the railroad up to the Silver Plume station.  Then we were dropped off at the Lebanon Silver Mine for a tour.  It was very interesting and informative!  We had to put on hard hats and were given a tour into the mine, which tunnels directly under I-70 and the Georgetown hill.  Durring its hayday the Lebanon mine yeilded $50,000,000 in silver ore at $1 (give or take) an ounce.   The Devils Gate bridge was orginally built for $250,000 in the 1880s.  It was replaced in 1985 for just over a million dollars.  See the website for more history!http://www.georgetownlooprr.com/about_us/history.shtml


Noah and the Jackalope

I forgot to post these after we got back from our road trip!  We stopped in Douglas, Wy which is one of the town’s Al grew up in.  Douglas is known for 2 things- its the host town of the Wyoming State Fair, and its the birthplace of the legend of the Jackalope.  Here is a great example of one of several statues found throughout town.


Golf

The guys went out around 5pm last night and played golf.  Its all you can play after 5pm for $55 instead of $120- and Noah plays for free!  They saw a fox on the back 9 of the Keystone Ranch- but it didn’t take any of their balls like they have been known to do.  The ball goes much further at 9300 feet, but that’s only good if you hit it in the right direction!


White Water Rafting

Sunday we went white water rafting on the Arkansas River down by Buena Vista.  It was great fun!  Al and Rosalie were up for the weekend and Dad is here visiting.  The stretch we did was in Brown’s canyon and had 10 sets of class 3 rapids with names like Pinball (cause you bounce from rock to rock) and Zoom Flume, 7 steps, and Toilet Bowl. 

We started out in 55 degree weather which is very unusual for this time of year.  They geared us up in wetsuits and splash jackets to ward off the cold temps which are compounded by cold water.  The river was running at about 820 cfs (cubic feet per second) but had topped out this year at 3600 cfs and will go as low as 250 cfs (1 cfs is the amount of water equivalent of the size of 1 basketball).  At 3500 cfs the water runs very fast but most of the technical aspects of the river (i.e. boulders in the middle) are covered up, so while its a fast run, its not as technical.  As the water level drops more of the landscape and obstacles are revealed.  Many of the spots we went through would not have been a class 3 rapid a couple of weeks ago because there were no boulders to navigate.

We had lunch of chicken fajitas and brownies on a rock bar in the middle of the river.  The guides all packed in something different in their boat, cooler, propaine tank (wrapped in a life jacket), grill, and a table.  It was pretty nice having a warm lunch!  The sun came out a lunch and many of us took our splash jackets off and enjoyed the sun. It was warm by the time we finished and we were all exhausted.  Needless to say, everyone slept very well last night!