Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

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Re: Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

Postby Tom&Shelly » Fri Jul 05, 2024 2:43 pm

Shelly and I were feeling recovered enough by Wednesday that we decided to head back up to Colorado and finish our intended itinerary, namely helping crew for our friends who own several balloons, at the Gunnison 4th of July rally.

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The Roadrunner balloon is their newest; they also own the red, yellow, and blue balloon behind it in this picture. Great weather this year! After ballooning (which is a dawn to about 9 am sport) we tailgated, then headed up to Crested Butte to see the Independence Day events up there.

So, as the rural water supplier says, all's well that ends well. :thumbsup:

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Re: Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

Postby Tom&Shelly » Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:21 pm

Just for completeness, our friends rented a house in Gunnison for the balloon rally, and we "camped" in the driveway

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Turns out the grounds weren't connected to the exterior outlets, so we didn't plug in. Better safe than sorry, especially when you're in the mountains and don't need air conditioning! (41 in the early morning, as we got up for the 6:30 pre-flight brief. Luckily, we brought a wool blanket.)

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Re: Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

Postby Tom&Shelly » Mon Jul 08, 2024 9:42 pm

Since we had to alter our plans for this trip (now 2 trips?), we decided to spend an extra two days and see Florissant Fossil Beds. We were lucky enough to find a campsite at Mueller State Park

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We went to City Market in Gunnison to buy some hamburger, but found $5 filet mignons. 6 ounces each, senior size! Shown here on our homemade grill. Shelly took the bacon off to reduce the sodium, and I fried that the next morning with breakfast. Had the steaks with our favorite brews



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Florissant Fossil Beds is known for petrified 34 million year old redwood stumps

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We drove home this morning, eating a picnic lunch at a rest area. Guess who showed up!

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Not quite the trip we planned, but lots of fun!

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Re: Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

Postby bdosborn » Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:06 pm

Tom&Shelly wrote:Just for completeness, our friends rented a house in Gunnison for the balloon rally, and we "camped" in the driveway

FWIW, that's called moochdocking. :lol: We do it a lot.
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Re: Fossil Freeeway, Black Hills, and Covid

Postby Tom&Shelly » Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:21 am

bdosborn wrote:
Tom&Shelly wrote:Just for completeness, our friends rented a house in Gunnison for the balloon rally, and we "camped" in the driveway

FWIW, that's called moochdocking. :lol: We do it a lot.
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LOL! :lol: :thumbsup:

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