Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I was surprised to recognize only a few people at the party, and they apparently didn't recognize or want to talk with me. I was feeling a little anti-social anyway. Cool location though, lots of power outages, weird murder and orgy rooms, and some good dancing.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Here ~dragon~ spins his dragon's tail behind stephiniti
They even got on the news and on cnn video.
Here's my flickr photo set so far.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Some of my friends have been trying to get to an old abandoned hydroelectric powerplant in out in the wilderness for years. This place was built in 1901 and was used until 1960something when flooding knocked if offline permanently. They have conducted about 14 trips looking for it, unsuccessfully. On recent trips they followed the penstock, the old wood and metal hoop water pipe, but could only get so far as sections of it were washed away and bridges were missing or unstable. This was my third trip, and second one when I had some idea where it was supposed to be. Last time I took a route on the canyon floor along the creek. There is a sort of "trail" here so it should be easy, but in many places the trail disappears and you're stuck between a fast flowing creek and a 600 foot high wall of rock. I've opted to climb over the rocks most times, and it was grueling. Last time I ended up getting stranded with thunderstorms, soaked, in the dark, and it took me six hours to get back to my motorcycle, where on the way home I ended up with hypothermia. This time similar things happened, but I was smarter and camped and took my new AWD vehicle which can handle the dirt roads that get near the location nicely. As it turned out it was right off the creek about 75 feet up and only 5 miles down the creek. Considering I still couldn't figure out how to hike along the creek without making severe climbing detours, it was by far the most grueling hike I've ever taken. Hazards included; slippery wet rocks and trees, a boulder that came loose and pushed me down a hill, temporarily pinning me against a tree, water way above my boots, trees across the creek, and apparently a christian fundamentalist camp somewhere. I made it though, battered, bruised, and tattered. Hooray! I don't think I'll be doing more hiking soon.
edit 9/23 I have now created a group on flickr if you've also been to or are looking for skaguay
edit 7/7/08 The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote an article about a trip to Skaguay. It has a great slideshow and video documenting the trip, a previously unpublished memoir of life at the plant, and is overall a great article. It looks like they had a better and safer time making the journey then me too. http://www.gazette.com/articles/canyon_37887___article.html/skaguay_power.html
edit - 2nd trip to the plant http://redphone.blogspot.com/2008/08/skaguay-revisited.html
Sunday, June 03, 2007
didn't take any photos though
did some shopping, bought new additions for herb garden
barbecued some burgers
something else I think
passed out too tired
planted herb garden on balcony
cleaned bbq grill and balcony a bit
worked on motorcyle - didn't fix much
sent out some ebay sales
helped BJ move
rode around downtown people - boring
watched Pan's Labyrinth - good underworld not really scare mystical movie with a fawn, fairies, and fascists
rode motorcycle in canyon up highway 74
paid back garth for helping me move by taking him to restaurant in evergreen
bought new gps - garmin etrex vista cx to replace etrex legend - has micro sd slot
watched the omen
edited some pictures for flickr of trip to st. elmo, anges vail falls, romley but need to use photoshop cs3 to hdr some other photos before I put them on flickr - picture
Saturday, April 28, 2007
A month later now, we're picking up the sides of the roads near open space parks for trash, with 40 hours of community service to complete and $160 in court fees. Luckily we got a deferred something so the misdemeanor charge will go off the records in a year, as long as none of us get caught doing something similar. Whatever that would be.
It should also be noted that, well at least I've heard, it's legal in most of Colorado to pick up little fossils and stuff in parks like this. They aren't of any real value, and, well it's a coal mine!
I'm not sure what lesson I've learned from this experience other than to avoid Boulder.
Here's the Boulder open space rules if you're interested: http://www.co.boulder.co.us/openspace/recreating/public_parks/parks_pdfs/rules®s2005_50.pdf