Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Destruction

A Random 3 for a Thursday:

1. Hallelujah, Shamus is going to get his license renewed today as it is rapidly approaching a year expired in July. If it went past the year, he would have to retake the driver's test...I just have visions of him swearing, bad marks from the instructor and me having to cart him everywhere after.

2. Realized how dirty my car is when I picked up the second hitchhiker in a week and flushed with embarassment had to put down one of my reusable shopping bags for the poor chap to sit on. To do list for the weekend: clean the car. It is mud season...

The back seat, which is never in the seated position to ensure maximum dog comfortablility. Was trying to get a good shot of the paw prints then realized mud was also splattered across the door...we live in filth.

The front seat sans brat one or two.

"Oh what, were MY paws dirty???"

3. It is supposed to be in the low 50's the next two days and I am SO excited to be outside!!! We had a snowmobile at work day two days ago to check a property that my boss manages, which is roughly 7 miles outside of Crested Butte and here are a few photos of the snow:

The barn doors, which we had to dig down to get to

A photo of the barn, it's under there somewhere

Steps up to the front of the "cabin"

Song of the day - Dolorean ~ The Destruction


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Private Idaho

Song of the day - B-52's ~ Private Idaho

Nice, I'm living in my own private Idaho until Friday when the dogs that we are sitting go home.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

She's Crazy With The Heat

Song of the day - International Sweethearts of Rhythm with vocals by Anna Mae Winburn ~ She's Crazy with the Heat/Jump Children

I heard a little piece on these ladies on NPR last week. They were the first all female, integrated Big Band of their time. They were not held in high regard by critics because they were female, but when compared to other female bands from this period they really can WAIL! I am crazy with the heat today or at least the sunshine, which has made a one day appearance in the Butte after a few days away.


Monday, March 28, 2011


Over the weekend we had friends in town, which was BRILLIANT, hanging and catching up. Shea and part of the crew went to the O.A.R. show on the mountain, which at one time was into, but they have kind of morphed into a "frat" band and just don't jive with his tastes anymore (i.e. mountain man music).

My running schedule said 22 miles for this weekend, but I knew it wouldn't be possible with the pals here. So, I switched it with next weekend's 15'er. As I've said before, we have a much later melt out than most other areas and therefore must live vicariously through others that are already experiencing grass, flowers and warmth. I woke up yesterday to 30's, sideways blowing snow and part of me just said eff it I'm not running today. The mountain (CBMR) was said to have gotten 18 new inches by Sunday morning and in town around 7 new inches. Then, my brain dueling back and forth with itself said just WO-man up and do it. I did. It was only 13, but I was just floored that I busted that much out. It's a dirt road out and back that I did twice with mostly uphill out and down hill back. It winds up through pine trees back to the winter trailhead. funderson can feel me when I say I experienced the winds at the end of Cement Creek, not once, but twice. On the bright side, the sun came out for a brief moment or two, I did hear birds singing and the dogs had a muddy blast of an afternoon.

Song of the day - Tool ~ Vicarious


Friday, March 25, 2011

Freaks come out at Night

Song of the day - Whodini ~ Freaks Come Out at Night

In honor of KBUT's Soul Train Night and because we locals know that the freaks WILL be out tonight in the Butte...


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Green Onions

Song of the day - Booker T & The MG's ~ Green Onions

The gals dancing have some killer moves, which were probably fairly risque in the day. My how the times have changed.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Unbroken, Unshaven

Song of the day - The Budos Band ~ Unbroken, Unshaven

Hadn't heard of these guys, but Greg, Locker 29 hipped me to them and it just goes to show there are sooooo many awesome bands so little time.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Got My Mojo Working

Song of the day - Pinetop Perkins ~ Got My Mojo Working

Pinetop, born Willie Perkins, passed away at the ripe old age of 97 in Austin, TX. He was the oldest person to receive a Grammy in 2010 at the age of 96 and was still performing. A blues great that rubbed elbows with the likes of Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Robert Nighthawk and B.B. King - his music will not be soon forgotten.

Hope that you all have your mojo workin'!


Monday, March 21, 2011

What's On Your Radio?

I feel lucky to have taken another little road trip this weekend down to Green Mountain Falls and Manitou. The weather was perfect for the drive. Met some friends at our favorite little GMF hole in the wall Pine Gables, which is now the Silver Tongued Devil, same bar with new owners and an outside patio. GREAT people watching, as usual, and conversation. Although, there was a band one member apparently from Lynyrd Skynyrd and one from Steppenwolf, but the verdict is still out on this one folks. One thing that I can tell you is that the band had a woman that was the lead singer on about a quarter of the songs and had hair the size of Texas and sort of reminded me of what Amy Winehouse may look like in about 20 years.
Woke up Saturday morning visited for just a bit and then Shamus was dropping me off at the trail. It was about 45 degrees to start and the wind was FIERCE and got more intense the higher I climbed. I started across from Waldo Canyon, which is roughly 6700 feet in elevation and did Barr Ute Trail/Longs Ranch Road, which according to the map was a cakewalk to find...apparently we need a new map. It took me a bit of time and with the help of a nice mountain biker I was on my way. Barr Ute Trail is an old service/forest road that skirts along the front of Mount Manitou and climbs roughly 2000 feet in about 3 miles ending by going through an experimental forest. For the most part it was dry with a handful of sections where snow crossed over the road. This section I got in some good power hiking, as I rounded a couple of corners and almost laughed aloud because they were so steep. On from there, I hooked with Bob's Road which then connects to Barr Trail. Up until I connected with Barr trail I hadn't seen ANY people, except the really nice fellow on the bike who steered me in the right direction. Once on Barr trail, it was amazing to see how many people were out on the trail and the brats behaved which made me proud and relieved. It reminded me that we are so spoiled and lucky to live in the stellar place that we do and rarely see people when we are out. From here, I followed Barr trail to Barr camp which is at 10,200 feet and jetted off (well not really jetted at this point, but spurred maybe) on the Elk Park trail 100 yards up the way from the camp. I wasn't able to do the entire length up to the Pikes Peak Highway, but probably climbed another 1000 feet before I turned back and got some amazing views of the north face of Pikes Peak. Down I went, in record time, for me, back the same way that I came up to meet Shamus at the gate. There was still a fair bit of snow in shady spots and once I got higher, but I fear the fire danger for the Front Range this summer may be quite high as it's already VERY dry. No flowers, but definitely green buds and signs of life just on the verge of bursting. As I started this run, I felt just a bit off, but kept telling myself that it was just the small tossy/turny amount of sleep I'd had the night before, no coffee and maybe a stuffy nose from allergens in the spring air. I finished feeling as though my head just wasn't there with me for most of the duration of the run. It was in no way a bad run just an odd feeling. Weird!
Hopped in the car and went into the Springs for a coffee, maybe the best I have ever least it seemed that way. Then a couple of quick errands and we ended back a friend's house in Manitou. We finished the evening chatting with our friend on his deck, just up the way from the Cog Railroad, drinking a glass of wine and looking at that RAD full moon.
Pretty stellar weekend, I must say...

Song of the day - The Living End ~ What's on Your Radio?

Another stellar band from Oz. So, what IS on your radio???


Friday, March 18, 2011

Next stop Eastside motel...

Song of the day - Warren G. & Nate Dogg ~ Regulate

I was going to use a different song, but this is the true song he's known for. A smooth voice lost earlier this week very young, rest in peace.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Star Of The County Down

Song of the day - Van Morrison & The Chieftains ~ Star of the County Down

Had a hard time choosing between this and "Tell Me Ma," but here you go and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Random 3:

1. Saint Patrick's Day: Did you know? This day is generally met with attending church services, wearing green, and lifting of Lent restrictions associated with fasting and drinking (the important stuff). The color originally associated with St. Patrick was the color blue, but migrated to the color green especially shamrocks as he used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. St. Patrick passed away on March 17, 461. There was a rebellion in 1798 in which the Irish soldiers wore green on this day so as to draw attention.

2. Another funny bit from me sister from a police reports section of the news: "Caller reports while hew as assisting growing marijuana at Trinity Pines Drive, a subject started to stalk him and at night he was charged at his camp. He saw a silhouette and fired his rifle several times, but it was too fast for him. He also says that his van was sabotaged and talked about people being killed and various suspicions and said he hadn't eaten in a few days, but had a PBJ and that things are getting clearer. Caller said he's not going back to the Pines, is going home to Weed."

3. LC with Cotter's Crunch posted these links as ways to start helping Japan:
*Angela from OhSheGlows is raffling off her GLOW BARS and a portion is going to Japan relief.
*MunchieMusings is having a charitable online bake sale in order to raise money/donations towards the Japan relief.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A moment

Shamus and I are somewhat unconnected from the outside world, as we don't have a tele. I do obviously have internet, NPR and CB News, which fill in the main bits of news. I read a fellow blogger's post (Daz H) yesterday regarding what has happened in Japan and it just made me realize I need to take a moment. I know with media today some of you may be over-saturated with information on the subject, but for myself I just felt like I wanted to stop for a minute and take stock of how lucky I am. So, today no song of the day as I guess a moment of silence in my little corner of the world to think about all of the families in Japan and all over the world that are feeling the ripples of last week's events. I have used this quote before in a sad time, but I felt it appropriate again:
"‎Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the morning's hush I am the soft uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there. I did not die." Anonymous


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Irish Washerwoman

Song of the day - Rex McGee ~ Irish Washerwoman

One of my favorite Irish folk tunes, I've also heard it called "Washerwoman's Serenade." Shamus' godfather plays it and I just LOVE it! The person playing has also got some mad skills on the banjo.


Monday, March 14, 2011

A rockin' Irish tune

Song of the day - The Tossers ~ Whiskey Makes Me Crazy

Playing songs with an Irish influence for St. Patty's Day. This band is predominantly from the south side of Chicago, but still an Irish influence and a great beat to get through a whiskey does make me, as with most of us, crazy.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Big Air on Elk

So after my run yesterday, I dragged Shamus to what they call "Big Air on Elk." Elk is the main street through Crested Butte to which they close down and truck in a crap load of snow to build up some jumps (see below). This is also sort of ironic as most of the winter they are driving the snow out of town by the dump truck load and getting rid of it like a bad penny. Our little town is a ski resort town and winter is an exiting time if you are a skier here. Most of the participants in this adrenaline junkie-fest are locals and we heard tale while spectating that the oldest participant was 27...because you know after that we are pretty much old I guess. We watched from the safety? of the Brick porch enjoying $3 Avery pints, well earned, I might add. Fun times in our small little corner of the world. I am a square and can't take action shots. So, I borrowed these from a website promoting the event, but you get the gist any who:

The "jump."

Snow cat forming the jump.

Let's just say that you have to carefully choose the spot you spectate as the landings can be action packed with small orange snow fences between you and them.

They drag the skier/snowboarder down WICKED fast via tow rope behind a snowmobile.

And by special request by young man, Chris K..:
Song of the day - Metallica ~ For Whom the Bell Tolls

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another and another

Today was another L.S.D., Long - check, Slow - always a check with me, and Distance - check, kind of pieced together, but a bluebird Colorado day, 40 degrees, sunny! I parked on Kebler Pass and ran up Trappers' (see map below) ~6 miles round trip and 1200 feet of elevation change. It's a "private" road and therefore I am poaching, but in the winter/spring we are fairly limited and I choose to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. I know I'm a rebel, NOT.

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Then, on the map it's County Road 12 (Kebler Pass), I ran up this, which is paved for ~ 2 miles until I came to the winter trail head and the entrance to Wildcat, also a "private" road ~10 miles round trip. Somewhere along the way, I dropped my jacket on the road and upon coming back down it was laying on the snowbank on the side of the road. Meaning that someone had grabbed it out of the road for me, nice person, but this made me laugh in thoughts that someone might have at first thought about taking it until they smelled the stench and tossed it. Only honest people live here, so I'm sure not, but it still made me laugh all the same. I'm an idiot with Google Earth, but at least you get some sort of idea:

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All in all a good day and I leave you with a couple of photos...

Me telling the last effing swithback going up Wildcat to go stuff itself... Awesome, I ran in shortsleeves, luckily there was alot of snow in the back ground so as not to blind you all by my ghostliness.

Kebler Pass winter trail head, pretty much a "highway" for snowmobiles...

Mud on my calves - I'm like a 5 year old stomping through the mud. Hey, it's something other than snow, EXCITING!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Nuthin' But A G Thang

Song of the day - Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg ~ Nuthin' But a G Thang


Thoughts go out to all those folks in the Pacific that have and are about to be affected by the tsunami and earthquake

Also go to Barefoot Angie Bee's site for her raffle information which benefits the Easter Seals!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sista Sphie's special delivery

Song of the day - Bonobo ~ Prelude/Kiara

My sister, Stephanie, who recently changed her name to Sphie sent a batch o' goodness to us in the Butte and among it was some Bonobo and am totally digging...

Random 3:

1. This also came with the Sista Sphie parcel (quality is bad because of scan, apologies), a mean 'Stache:

2. I got the results back from my health fair blood draw and my iron levels are back in the norm, SWEET! So, if any of you are having trouble with your iron levels Floradix is an EXCELLENT supplement and a natural alternative. The first suggestion is always to go and see your health care provider, but if your are like me and unfortunately don't have insurance this has as I said proven to work wonders for moi.

3. The weather is 40 degrees here, which has everyone in short sleeves shirts and shorts, and I just can't wait to get out and enjoy it when the work day is through.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

She's a Bad Mama Jama

Song of the day - Carl Carlton ~ She's a Bad Mama Jama

Because I'm a sucker for old school funk, soul and R&B and this is dedicated to my friend Cynther...because she is


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

South For The Winter ... or Spring

Song of the day - River City Extension ~ South for the Winter

Dig this band, mellow at first and then it livens up. Thought it appropriate as I am sick of the snow.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Man In The Box

Song of the day - Alice In Chains ~ Man In the Box

A little late, but a little rock for Monday. Staley, what a loss...


Fell Junkie...

So recently I learned that fell running is the word that our European bretheren use to describe hill/mountain running. I know I am square and behind the times for not knowing. The actual definition is: Fell running, also known as mountain running and hill running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. The name arises from the origins of the English sport on the fells of northern Britain, especially those in the Lake District.
Shamus and I went to Fruita, Colorado this weekend and I was lucky enough to get to run a good portion of the course for the race that I will be running in April, WHOOPA! This was all trail/single track, hence the fell definition and it's more fun to say "I'm a fell runner," than "I'm a trail runner;" especially since I came close to a fall about 6 times, but never actually fell...badoom chi. We drove over Saturday morning and I was able to start running at about 11 AM. It was mid 40's, mostly cloudy with a slight breeze. The first portion of the run was on a jeep road to the trail and was a good little warm up. Then, once on the trail the climb started, which was nothing too huge. I was a little off at first, but I think it was just the switch in my brain back to hopping over rocks, roots, etc and not worrying about slipping on the ice. The colors were not at all spring yet, but I was blissed out by the birds, red rocks, sage and periwinkle, lime green and burnt orange lichens on the rocks. Shamus insisted on taking the camera, so sorry no photos, just my rambling. This trail continued for a little over 4 miles and came down to a main parking lot area that met up with the start of the Kokopelli Trail (yep, THE Kokopelli trail - 142 miles of trail from Loma, CO to Moab, UT). Once on the Kokopelli, there was a bit more "traffic" with a couple groups of mountain bikers and then it was just the dogs and I again. At about mile 8, Natty the brat-tastic dog took off chasing goodness only knows what poor woodland creature and didn't come back. Luckily, I came upon a group of bikers and asked if they'd seen her and they said yeah sure about 3/4 mile back the way I'd just come from. On an 8-10 mile run, an extra 1 1/2 mile is no big deal, but because I was doing 20 when I came upon her she was in the doghouse for the remainder of the run. This trail winded up and down and eventually skirted high above the Colorado river, which is quite muddy with all of the runoff at the moment, but there was grass on this side of the ridge and seeing the rafters floating lazily by was great. At about mile 18 on the trail, I flushed out two grouse which about made me jump out of my skin and the dogs lose their crap. We got situated again and finished the run. I ran for a total 5 1/2 hours, ~22 milies and only saw 10 people. I did not see one patch of snow the entire day, which was absolutely STELLAR.
I had another exciting milestone in my running adventures, but at about mile 6 my stomach started growling. Not the kind, oh no I need to sacrifice a sock, but holy crap I'm hungry. Luckily, I rummaged about in my camelback and found a bar that's been in there for probably about a year and a little hard, but I scarfed the whole thing down. The NEW and exciting thing here is that usually I take my Hammer gel/Gu on schedule as needed, but as far as food went nothing even sounded good and sometimes the thought of it made me want to yack. I've always heard/read that after about 5 hours of running gels aren't really sufficient any more for keeping up with your body's nutritional needs because they can't be broken down fast enough. So, my uninterest in food was kind of scary with my goal of one day running an ultra, but apparantly I've rounded a corner, yippee!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bust A Move

Song of the day - Young MC ~ Bust a Move

"Tell a funny joke so you can get some play..." Old school jams. I'm going to try not to bust too big a move when I get out on that dirt trail and run tamale...jubilant will be the word of the day!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Angry Cockroaches

Song of the day - Tito & Tarantula ~ Angry Cockroaches (Cucarachas Enojadas)

Name that movie my friends...

Random 3:

1. My mom, sisters and I have an odd hobby of clipping funny articles/ads from newspapers and magazines and sending them to each other. So, my mom sent me my horoscope out of her local paper and it was quite a hoot: "Focus on hygiene this month. Proper flossing and wiping should be of utmost concern. There is no reason to slack off here. Nothing bad can come of this." Done and done.
2. It's pretty sad when my pants are about to fall off me because they are so old and worn out, that Shamus is getting rid of a pair and they are practically new and I would rather just wear his slightly used pants than face the stress of going to the store to try and find new ones...You guessed right fashion is NOT my strong suit.
3. We are running away to the mini desert this weekend, Yippee! My 20 mile run will not be in snow this weekend, WHOOPA!!! On a side note, speaking of the desert, do NOT see Prince of Persia - it is L.A.M.E.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Crossing muddy waters

Song of the day - John Hiatt ~ Crossing Muddy Water

Such a heart wrenching song, but love it and him...


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Looking Out My Back Door...well kind of

Song of the day - Creedence Clearwater Revival ~ Lookin' Out My Back Door

Well, there aren't any statues wearing high heels or giant doing cartwheels, but as you can see I am living vicariously though YOU my blogging friends until May or June when spring arrives in the Butte and loving all of the photos of green and warmth! I can't complain too much though because we are supposed to have mid 30's and sun for a few days this week, BLISS.

Why we can't actually look out our back door... because the roof slides right outside it and leaves a 4 foot ice drift with a stalactite of ice from the roof.

When it's easier to just integrate a ramp of snow up to the stairs...

It's hard to give perspective of how high it is, but there's a CRAP ton ...

The tunnel to the front door.