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#1 Foster

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 04:02 PM

I went west for a while. South Central Co.  High dessert and Mountains. Stunning and humbling at same time.

Big difference from Illinois Farmland folks. 20 yrs younger, right now, I'd still be there.

 

So I camped, fished for trout, hiked, squatted, made some friends, found temporary work, and stayed a while. 

I stayed as long as I could. I had to return because I knew the wife wasnt taking care of bills and shit. I did want a house to return to. so... I'm back.

 

Oh btw Kansas Sucks Balls. Most boring/ dead state ever. Glad I only had to see it at night. And!!!!! BEWARE!!!!!, if you drive from CO through Kansas east bound. somewhere between CO and the tollway on 70 you will run into "CURRENCY AND DRUG TRAFFIC CHECKPOINT" BE PREPARED TO STOP!  DOGS IN USE! .

Dont exit, dont brake, just cruise on through.  If you have out of state plates, expect to be pulled over about 1-2 miles down the I-70.  Running Totally legal or not.   

We were, by all appearences 100% legal.  Still pulled us over. 1 am of course.

We were not legal at all. lol  Everything was out of reach and put away so I was not too concerned.

It was basically harassment.  He tried to say he pulled us over because our tags and registration didnt match? WTF? BS.

We were in a chrysler, bought from chrysler, by a chrysler employee, only owner, and everything we had was right.

We started hammering the cop with questions. both of us talking same time. Doubting his claim, asking how do I fix this then? what exactly doesnt match etc... he ran our DL's and came back all flustered. As soon as he got to the window, I started in again without letting him get a word out. "So, What did they say, how do we fix, how many miles to so and so, blah blah.

It took all of about 30 seconds of that shit and he was done.  

" You fellas Have a safe trip Home"    hahaha    Yup we will occifer lol.

 

POstin some cool pics later. more story as well


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:08 PM

Kansas does suck, a million endless miles of porn shops, liquor stores and boredom. The reason they don't have any tall buildings in Kansas is because all the people that live there would jump off them.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:25 PM

The right to life ends at birth in Kansas. 


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:30 PM

I am going to have to get off my ass and visit Colorado some day. I guess technically I've been there if you count a 3 hour layover at the Denver airport, but I've only seen the beauty of the state from about 20K feet and looking down.

Never been to Kansas either, but from what you all tell me, and what I have heard from a dear friend who had the misfortune to be stationed at Fort Riley for his mechanized infantry training, I am not missing anything.

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:41 PM

Hahaha no doubt!   Although the Windmills and their flashing red lights for miles and miles all around you was pretty cool. Until I saw in daylight. Like 2 of the 5000 were in use. wtf

 

Giant freakin things. The 1/4 blade filled a extra long tractor trailer. massive.

 

I will admit to ya'll Kansas Folk, Illinois... aint a whole lot different depending on the road you travel.  So No disrespect to anyone there.

 

With all that nothingness,corn,wheat... and so few airports (I watched for planes,Jets, small aircraft), Why doesnt someone just go wild with seed. 

We stopped several times on a highway running south. There were absolutely no visible lights and no light pollution on the horizon. 

Just stars.    pretty fuckin incredible.  

 

So yeah, the best part of Kansas was not seeing it.

 

Ahaha yeah a church has rented billboard space at places and angles to Block the "Worlds Largest Porn" stores signs until you are right up on them.lol Trying to Guilt Ya with their propaganda. Hilarious. 


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 08:45 PM

Been to Colorado and have the same love of it. Might get there again this fall for aspen photos.

 

Got to Colorado by way of Nebraska. My only opinion of Nebraska can be summed up as...... Why?

At least from what I saw from the freeway if it didn't exist nobody would miss it.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 09:02 PM

I served two years in Alamosa, CO - too close to Kansas for my comfort, even if you can see the mountains in the distance ...

 

Steamboat Springs is cool - or at least used to be (it's been a long while) ... I wonder if the Richie-Riches have made it a living hell yet - beautiful country.

 

I always felt CO lacked a sense of character as a state?  Too many rich Californians and Texans converging on too much natural splendor.  Toss in the trust-afarians and it gets more odd ... now that MJ is legal, I bet there's a shit ton more of that as well. 

 

Still a nice area to visit -

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:16 AM

there's plenty of room out there. you can get away from people very easily.

 

my purposes for being there are purely about the nature which is absurdly easy to access and most of the jackasses we want to avoid don't want to be out there in that dirty nature anyway.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:54 AM

There are a lot of people moving near the metro area from all over the place but if you stick to some of the more rural mountains it's not bad.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:33 AM

Heh yeah Soliver, I was in Alamosa County much of the time.   Woke to see the base of Mt Blanca to my east every morning. Right by the dunes. I was close enough the mountain shaded the dessert until late morning.    Unfortunately pictures cannot even come close to what the experience of being there was like. And after a few days my cameras memory cards were full and batteries dead. I missed some of the coolest stuff. 

 

Sorry my internet is sucking this morning. pics wont load. my "High speed DSL" is barely better than dial up most time.

 

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:44 AM

Back in May I took a week long drive thru Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and ending up in Pagosa Springs. New Mexico has some beautiful country, but it didn't compare to the view I hit rolling into Chama. Those snow capped mountains are gorgeous. I spent a couple days soaking in the mineral springs at The Springs Resort in Pagosa. Those springs do wonders for aches and pains. Ever since I got back home I've been looking for job openings there. I'll be heading back next March for some skiing for sure.


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 12:01 PM

Nice Kryptik, I used to live there in my early 20's and definitely plan on going back, Pagosa is a beautiful place and the housing isn't all that pricey.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 08:59 PM

Very cool Kryptik,  We went to Pagosa as well. Beautiful area.  

 

The first pic was the rec store sign, but the mountains behind it turned out to be pretty cool too.

 

The second was looking down Royal Gorge. And pictures do not even come close to firsthand. Its deep.

We walked down a trail to the edge to get some pics.Climbing back up the trail i was a little too "relaxed" and bumped into a nasty cactus leaving about 200 spines down my arm, side, and leg.

Didnt even realize until I bumped one. Then extraction, slow and painful lol. 

 

This is Royal Gorge bridge looking up stream.

 

Can you see the house?  I'd live there!

 

This is the sight I woke to for a week or so while camping. Too bad the pictures just didn't turn out very good. It was along the Rio Grande. Absolutely amazing spot.  I did not want to leave there. Ever.     More pics from this spot later

 

The next is rain. lol 

 

Ok well the order may not be correct but you can figure it out. 

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 01:35 AM

The valley is bizarre.  It's where all of the (alien?) cattle mutilations occured in CO.  Odd.  I saw some pretty strange sights there sober myself, and I'm not much for 'seeing things.'

 

Alamosa and the surrounding region are (like a lot of life) either beautiful or terrifyingly ugly, depending on how you approach it, and racial tensions run pretty high as well.  I had a bartender drive me home one night when an entire barfull of hispanic gentlemen were chanting "Go Gringo Go" when I came out of the mens' room (where I received two separate death threats).  Maybe legal MJ has mellowed the valley a bit?

 

I got arrested there for stopping traffic on Main Street, dressed like Zorro and playing guitar on top of my car to impress a chick (it worked - sorta).

 

I wrote a song about the region called "tumbleweeds."  Haven't thought about it in ages.  Gotta dig that up someday.  I left a lot of good people and more than a few assholes behind in that spot.  I hope they're all well.  Still impossible to imagine weed being legal in a spot I used to live .... too strange to believe.
 

:)

 

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