The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017


Lindsay, Brad, dogs
Lindsay, Brad, dogs

Eclipse crescents

Anjia practiced safe eclipse viewing
Anjia practiced safe eclipse viewing
I had originally ordered a small “eclipse kit” from Amazon about a month ago. Other, smaller items, were listed as arriving after the eclipse on 21 August so I ended up with the package with four pair of eclipse glasses and a cheesy book.

I originally had planned to drive up to western Nebraska to be in the path of totality; unfortunately, a co-worker had already requested the day off so I needed to stay close to home/work.

Since I was going to be local for the eclipse I offered spare pairs of glasses to some of my neighborhood friends, Brandi and Lindsay. We ended up with an impromptu party at the park with our dogs, a fruit tray, cupcakes and iced coffee.

The dogs were bored, the people had a good time.

Georgia Pass 2017

I took the dogs hiking in Georgia Pass today.  The pass is about ninety minutes west of Denver on US 285.  We have hiked the area before but it is close enough to home to be an easy drive, especially with good weather.

Our target today was a ridge opposite Mt. Guyot that I have been unable to ascend in the past — a sprained ankle and impending thunderstorm prevented climbing it in the past.

At the top of the ridge we were at about 12,400 feet elevation.  Sadly the wildfires in the Pacific northwest were sending a large amount of smoke our direction which prevented the glorious views we would normally see.

I didn’t intend to hike more than five miles but once back at the truck my GPS app registered 7.6 miles.  Surprisingly both dogs handled the distance well, at least until Sunday morning when Lucy was sore and unable to walk more than a couple blocks.  She recovered by Monday, though.

 

Unfortunately on the drive back down the hill from the pass I hit a sharp rock on the gravel road and ended up with a flat tire.  The flat was complicated by the fact that Discount Tire decided to over-torque the lug nuts to the point where I literally twisted my lug wrench ninety degrees.  I was worried I would snap the top of it off and not have a means of tightening the lugs on the spare.

Needless to say on Monday morning I had a conversation with the guys at the tire shop about not torquing the lug so tightly.  I also picked up a heavy-duty lug wrench at AutoZone… hopefully I won’t have to test it out any time soon.

Break time
Break time

Colorado Trail marker shield
Colorado Trail marker shield
The ridge that we climbed
Near the top of the ridge
The view to the east
The view to the east
The last remaining snow
Mt. Guyot
Mt. Guyot
Exactly what you want to see after hiking for hours

Another Rainy Hike


We went hiking this morning and again it was rainy. Can’t really complain much as the alternative is literally everything burning. 

We had a quick five mile hike at Cub Creek and although it was not raining heavily I was completely soaked by the time we finished. 

Lucy found the sediment puddle again and looks like somebody painted her bottom half black. Luckily the monthly fundraiser dog wash is tomorrow. 

Very Nice Brewing Company

We attempted to hike up near Eldora on Saturday morning where I thought that the forecast was not calling for rain.  We hiked for about an hour through some light rain until the floodgates opened wide.  Luckily there is a brewery in Nederland (seriously, in most places in Colorado there is likely to be at least one brewery nearby).  I’ve always wanted to stop at Very Nice Brewing Company but rarely found myself in the area.  With the rainy day we had the perfect opportunity to try out this extremely dog friendly spot.  The taproom is  certainly no-frills but is backed by very good beers.  My favorite of the day was the Logical Fallacy, a black IPA that was served with a shot of espresso.

I also had a nice conversation about rugby with one of the patrons who noticed my Canada Sevens hat, and said hello to numerous pups.

Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Fabi At Very Nice Brewing Company
Lucy At Very Nice Brewing Company
Rainy Afternoon In Nederland
Rainy Afternoon In Nederland

Happy Birthday Fabi


Fabienne turns ten today* and believes the Independence Day celebrations are in her honor.

 

* I estimated her birth date to around 4 July 2007. I picked the Fourth as it’s easy to remember.

Humane Society Of The South Platte Valley Fundraiser Dog Wash

The Brew On Broadway (The BoB) hosts a fundraiser dog wash on the last Sunday each month to benefit the Humane Society of The South Platte Valley. This is the first time this year we have been in town for the event so I took the girls down to the brewery and had baths.  Neither of my dogs were happy about actually getting bathed but tolerated the experience.  The weather was fantastic and the beer (as always) was great.  What a great way to spend the first Sunday afternoon of the summer!

Lucy gets a bath
Bath time for Fabi — doesn’t she look thrilled?
Millie’s bath time
Lucy dries off after her bath

Guanella Pass Brewing

The dogs and I went hiking in Guanella Pass again Sunday afternoon.  This time we stopped at a new Brewery in Georgetown, Guanella Pass Brewing, first so Lucy did not have a chance to roll in crap like she did last weekend.

I overheard the owner telling some guests they had only been open two weeks.  I was impressed with the beers and the facility at such an early stage.

The taproom itself is clean and modern with stainless steel counters.  There are televisions if you must watch them but the window seats with great views of the street and mountains are a better pairing with the beer.  Summers in Georgetown provide excellent people watching (well, they’re actually tourists… are they really people?).

The patio is currently uncovered (no umbrellas or shade) as they are assessing the “wind situation” in Georgetown.  There is an Italian restaurant a couple doors down that delivers and I can attest the meatball sub was very good.

I look forward to many summer visits to this brewery.

Fabi At Guanella Pass Brewing
Fabi At Guanella Pass Brewing
Lucy At Guanella Pass Brewing
Lucy At Guanella Pass Brewing