Too Tough To Die

11 02 2009

Loaded the dogs up into the Dodge yesterday and headed down to Tombstone, AZ for no other reason than we’d never been there before.

Livestock Transport.

Livestock Transport.

Piloting this bus down south.

Piloting this bus down south.

As we got further and further away from Phoenix, which was cold when we left, it became even more apparent that the temperatures were not increasing but rather decreasing. To the point where there was snow not only on the distant mountains but also in the desert surrounding the highway. Good thing I was prepared wearing shorts and sandals.

We also started to see bright yellow billboards informing us that we were approaching the site of “The Thing.”

The Thing! What is it?

The Thing! Where did it come from?

And so on. Well I looked it up on the map and it was about 15 miles out of way…but what else are roadtrips good for?

Is that snow?

Is that snow?

Hippie's car alarm.

The car alarm of a pair of dirtbags.

The anticipation is insurmounting.

The anticipation has heightened.

So after we pay the nice lady behind the counter $2 we go through a door and are looking down a hallway. Large, oddly-shaped yellow footprints painted on the sidewalk designate our path.  The follow 10 minutes will be filled with minor confusion and a hint of thrill.

...there's no turning back...

...there's no turning back...

What could it BE??

What could it BE??

Yeah. That's Hitler.

Yeah. That's Hitler.

I should be drunk for this.

I should be drunk for this.

WTF Mate?

WTF Mate?

Oh my god! What is it??

Oh my god! What is it??

I’m not going to tell you what The Thing is. That would lessen the mystery and cheapen my blog. Of course, if you want to paypal $5 to speedgoat23@gmail.com I’d be more than happy to send you the picture I sneaked of it.

Moving on to Tombstone.

Tombstone, AZ. Wow.

Tombstone, AZ. Wow.

Yeah, that's snow. On a succulent.

Yeah, that's snow. On a succulent.

Here's what we came for, I guess.

Here's what we came for, I guess.

The dogs had a good time. We had a an…interesting time. It cost us less than $45 the entire day. The makings of a successful road trip.

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Frozen Assets

15 01 2009

 

Shoveling like a man.

Shoveling like a man.

Heidi took me to Denver for my birthday this week; it was precisely what we were both hoping for which was to relax and enjoy some simple pleasures.  We arrived late Sunday night and awoke monday morning to a fresh snow.  Me being a native Basinonian I find myself in the white stuff very rarely.  So for my own pleasure, and because I’m still deep in the 100/100 scheme, I took off for my first snow run.

Skipping (past) class.

Skipping (past) class.

Rare bare ground.

Rare bare ground.

Enjoying every minute of it!

Enjoying every minute of it!

Heidi's a poser.

Heidi's a poser.

Just following the path.

Just following the path.

Shortcut through the monastery.

Shortcut through the monastery.

So the running was slow and steady.  I was maintaining a slightly quicker than 10 min/mi pace which I was happy with considering conditions, altitude, and the general fear of slipping on ice and breaking my ass.

Starting out on another run.

Starting out on another run.

On frozen pond.

On frozen pond.

Through Wash Park

Through Wash Park

Forward motion.

Forward motion.

Still flossin'

Still flossin'

Slipping through DU campus.

Slipping through DU campus.

Tempting.  It's just too bad I'll be back in AZ.

Tempting. It's just too bad I'll be back in AZ.

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

Besides the running we drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of good food.  Yesterday we all decided to hit up some breweries, seeing as how CO is the microbrew capital of the US I didn’t see how we could pass up the opportunity.

Perhaps some of the best beer I've ever had.

Perhaps some of the best beer I've ever had.

Touring New Belgium...highly recommended.

Touring New Belgium...highly recommended.

Of course!

Of course!

We also hit Left Hand and Twisted Pine. I wasn’t worth much by the end of the night when we decided to fire up the Wii.  Anyhow it was a fantastic little vacation and we can’t wait to go back.  We really can’t wait to get there on more of a permanent basis…but that may be a few years off yet.