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    Seasonal gyrations.


    Spring continues her slow motion steamroll over us, like so many dank clouds silently stomping across a moody sky.





    Rains have been shockingly prevalent and oh so welcome. A creek that sometimes only runs every 3rd or 4th season unceremoniously ejected us off of it a few days ago with too much water. Going to have to get used to that this year.





    Because spring is also my busy time in the shop, and because so many friends stream through the valley en route out of the mountains and into the desert, a kitten working back to back 14 hour days can start to feel a bit caged and -- if she isn't careful -- begin to sense that she's missing out.





    Loading up the van with a bike, a boat, and some food and heading to less traveled pastures for a few days is a quick way to cure that. Or maybe not cure, but at least tamp it down for a spell.



    Checked out a little place in the desert west of here to see about maybe relocating...



    ...then decided the neighborhood might be a little rough.



    Swung north from there to inhale some late winter alpine air, but got sidetracked by the moment of spring that I found on the edge of -- and just below -- the alpine.



    Met some friends in a spot that none of us get to often enough, and spent the day moving too fast and being immersed (more literally for some than others) into what we came for.















    Headed home for a few days to build wheels, answer emails, order in more inventory, do a load of laundry, and snag a few rides on the fringes where the tourists don't yet know to go.



    Key word = yet.



    Then headed south and west and met a different subset of friends to poke our noses into a different drainage.











    A wise man that probably needn't be named once said that "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."

    That's a simple summation of how things have been around here of late.

    Thanks for checkin' in.


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    Awesome, as usual!

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to mikesee again.
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    Great stuff.

    I just wish Spring would f*cking commit around here.

    70 one day, 45 the next, a 38 one tossed in, then 65 the next, with night temps still consistently below 45 for the next 10 days.

    Glad to see someone is getting sun and fun!
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    I have a picture of that car/trailer somewhere, taken about 15 years ago....I was just looking for it the other day. ....

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    Nice!

    Had a similar few days last week, took off up to Scotland. 55F, windy and grey sky's, but I didn't care, i got to spend time turning the cranks and listen to the sound of nature, whilst emptying my head from all lives worries.

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    Clifford swap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bme107 View Post
    Clifford swap?
    Clifford was a lemon. They bought him back and I bought a new one.

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    So great!

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    Over the top fantastic, even more so than your usual. That car/trailer is very cool and I would love to have seen it in its heyday. Those first set of paddling photos look like very serious water.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    Over the top fantastic, even more so than your usual. That car/trailer is very cool and I would love to have seen it in its heyday. Those first set of paddling photos look like very serious water.

    Thanks for posting!

    Glad you enjoyed it.

    I've read elsewhere that that "camper" started life as a '50's Hudson, but that was before my time so I can't confirm.

    Creek shots are Escalante in W. Colorado. Standard class IV moves for the most part, but the filthy water makes them harder to read and they usually appear harder than they are.

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