Time to finally post the rest of the photos from the fall. I went on a camping trip with my friends that was supposed to get us in touch with, you know, the other side of Colorado, and involved lots of Carhartts, dogs, chopping wood and firing the BB gun at beer cans. I appear to already have forgotten anything particularly interesting that might have happened there, so here are some photos. Hopefully you can get a complete mental picture of the weekend just from what you see below:
The overalls-with-tie look sums up our complicated relationship with redneck culture.
Before the warm weather ended I got to participate in a ride with the Denver Cruisers, who meet once a week simultaneously at many bars around the city, and each group is led via secret route to a central gathering point for music and food. There was a nautical theme to that week's event, so here we are:
And here is a "map" of our route:
I had never done one of these before and had thought they were just a nice tame community event, but apparently the group is somewhat known for breaking traffic laws, terrorizing cars, cycling drunk, smoking pot, and littering. Ha! Cyclists. The cops did show up when we were at the cul-de-sac of death. Below is a video of the cul-de-sac, in which people rode about at high speeds and sometimes in the wrong direction, mostly managing not to crash. There were a lot more people in it at most points but this video was taken shortly after the cops drove through.
Before the leaves all fell off the trees, Kris and I went to the botanic gardens, where I got these lovely photographs. Click on any photo for a larger version:
And these are from trees on my street:
That second one is crazy, I can't believe there was something that looked like that ON MY STREET.
I also had the wonderful opportunity to go horseback riding for the first time. The lovely woman I was seeing, who knew I had never ridden a horse and wanted to do so, set up a surprise date in which I was taken to the mountain home of a friend of hers who owned horses and given quick lessons on brushing, saddling and riding the horse. Here I am on the horse.
I didn't ride the horse all that long in the end because it was difficult remembering all the things I was supposed to do to make the horse do things, or not do things (such as run downhill at full speed), and the experience was more about teeth-gritting concentration than carefree fun. But it was still a very cool thing.
On another day, I went for a hike at Barr Lake State Park. Here are some pictures.
White-tailed deer, which are more rare out here than back east.
Then I went to the Grand Junction area to do some camping before it got too cold. Here are some pics from that:
This is the road that winds through Colorado National Monument, seen from a cliff high above.
Inside this old shelter were books with pages and pages of comments left by hikers, below.
This looks like a beach. It's actually ripples preserved from the time of the dinosaurs.
I'm off to California at the end of this week, so I'll have some good photos from that, I hope. Which I will eventually post, years hence.