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Adventure Travelogue and more: Caving, Long Distance Backpacking, Mountaineering, Worldwide Misadventures, et cetera...

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1999 Gauley Raftig Trip, Rocky Mtn Airshow and CO Freedom Shoot

13 June 2015: Colorado Freedom Shoot

3rd Annual Freedom Shoot

I finally uploaded my Freedom Shoot gallery. This was the 3rd annual and my first. I competed in the rifle, handgun, and shotgun events - taking 3rd in the Biden shotgun challenge. Pretty cool especially for not being able to remember the last time I did any shotgun shooting.


31 May 2015: Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

Zombie Room Escape

~Follow the clues~
~Solve the puzzles~
~Find the key~
~Escape the room~
~Don't get eaten~

You have 60 minutes to escape the room. There is 1 hungry zombie chained to the wall. Every 5 minutes a buzzer sounds & the chain is released another foot from the wall!
Will you escape in time Or..Will you be eaten?
We escaped as you can see in the picture.


31 May 2015: Rocky Mtn Airshow

Well parking was a debacle but if you were smart and went the long way around that avoided the gridlock. The show was great but no ground displays since it wasn't at an airport. Airshow Gallery


Matthews/Winters Hike

Hike Just a brief hike at nearby Matthews/Winters Park. The weather wasn't so great but I just barely managed to complete the loop before the rain arrived. The little cemetary was a nice surprise but I couldn't really read the tombstones. Not much else to say really.


Colorado Volcano

Dotsero Crater

I got one of my pictures in a local paper the other day. I'm guessing the author had some trouble finding pictures of Colorado's only volcano caldera. My own small image gallery is here: Dotsero Crater. I'm glad to do my part to help educate. The author goes on about a number of volcanic features - most of which I've visited and got to know on backpacking trips.


Weather Spotter

I'm part of the SKYWARN/Colorado All-Season Spotter Team now. The training was pretty easy and just one evening. Kinda cool. Of course when that Mother's Day snow storm hit Aurora with 8 inches I totally forgot to report the tree damage so I failed my first test.

From the Skywarn website:
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.



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