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Old 05-02-2021, 05:26 PM   #276
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until covid gets better only aust. and n.z. would i consider.
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:31 PM   #277
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until covid gets better only aust. and n.z. would i consider.
To be sure, the CDC agrees with you, as they are currently discouraging all non-essential travel until you've been vaccinated, though they have a special high risk designation for Colombia right now, and are even discouraging vaccinated travelers, like GD, from going there.
But maybe, say, six months from now they get things under control?
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:35 PM   #278
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Oh yeah, no way I'd consider going internationally anytime soon, even though I have the vaccination.

I've been very fortunate. Been to all my A-list places. Have been working on the next tier of experiences, which explains seeing the Derby this weekend.
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:34 AM   #279
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Now just hanging out at the airport, waiting to go back West.

SDF is surprisingly small. Two concourses, maybe 30 gates total. I thought Louisville was bigger than that.

Didn't hear of any crises at home from the neighbors, hopefully a clean ride. Back this afternoon.
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Old 06-09-2021, 04:09 PM   #280
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Not really travel, but had a fun morning Saturday.

My sister-in-law decided my brother and I needed to try fly fishing, so she got us a 1/2 day with a guide from Boulder. We went up Bear Creek from Morrison.

Andrew showed us the ropes, then showed us different spots to try, giving us tips as we went.

Great day to be out. Fun, something I could see doing once in a while, though I don't think I'd be a regular.

We each caught two small brook trout (~4-6") and one rainbow. Picture of me & Andrew with the rainbow I caught.

He got legitimately excited. I guess this as a large rainbow for that area. Of course, I wouldn't know any different. He estimated it at 21" and 3 lbs. Fun strike and fight getting it in. Fortunately I lucked into it not getting into the nearby debris, and Andrew netted it.

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Old 06-09-2021, 04:13 PM   #281
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In actual travel news, starting to plan a trip to Seattle to visit friends up there.

Kinda thinking leaving the last week of June, heading in a generally northwesterly direction, checking out some of the places I haven't been along the way. Something like NW Colorado, cut across Utah and Wyoming corners, check out the middle of Idaho, then into Washington.

On the way back maybe take the high line across to Montana and then head south.

The reality probably is that my old truck will probably break in BFE and I'll get stuck somewhere.
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Old 06-10-2021, 01:18 AM   #282
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if you are going through kalispell or n. oregon coast give me a buzz. get together if im in town.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:50 AM   #283
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You bet, thanks Ray.
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Old 06-11-2021, 04:55 PM   #284
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Oh, I should've mentioned. As always, if any 2p2ers are along the way and would like to meet up, feel free to PM.

Don't have a departure yet. Possibly going for a weekend trip back to the midwest over the 19th. If that doesn't work out, tentatively bail out around the 23rd. If I go there, a few days later.
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Heard of the release of the WSOP's schedule, booked a trip from 10/27->10/30 to play in the senior's event. Planning to play day 1B on the 28th.

You might notice that doesn't include the final day. If I'm very lucky, I might stumble into day 2. If, somehow, I managed to go deeper, well, that's a good problem to have, and SWA will be glad to reschedule my return.

Somebody good at poker like Ray should come down for my entry fee, it's added equity to everyone else's stack.

Thinking about taking off next week, maybe Tuesday-ish for my Seattle trip. Watch here for updates.

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Up early Tuesday, finally got out of the house ~6 and started toward Seattle.

Went along I 70 to Rifle, then turned north. Stopped for lunch in Meeker, where I found a nice little riverfront park.



Upon wandering into Utah, I stopped at one of those 'point of interest' places near Blue Mountain. One of the displays said that it's huge for hangliding, and people sometimes end up in Wyoming, > 100 miles away.

Here's my old beater from that area. It's a very dry and warm place.



Continued on. At one point the truck just died. Chugged to a stop, just like when the alternator went last year.

Since then, I've kept a good eye on the gauges. Everything normal. Hopped out, looked for any obvious problems like fluid gushing out. Could see we had electricity as the dome light was on.

Couldn't have been out for two minutes. Hopped in, turned the key, and it fired right up.

The only thing I could figure was it was quite warm, and I had cruise on Maybe that malfunctioned, so I did the remainder of the trip w/o.

Anyway, gassed up in Vernal, it's about 3 PM, so I figure I can a ways up the road until I want to find a campsite.

US 191 out of Vernal becomes a very twisty, turny mountain road. At one point, traffic is stopped dead for quite a way.

Somebody had a very bad accident. A couple pickups, there might've been one other car. Cabs smashed in, may have been one or more rollovers.

Instead of turning around, I spent a couple hours there waiting and (probably) dehydrating. At some point I notice my dome light is staying on.

After getting going, head toward Flaming Gorge NRA. It's quite scenic, a big old reservoir.



By now, I'm pretty hungry. Throw together a sandwich and I research the dome light fuse just in case--I don't see a switch anywhere, or an easy way to get the bulb out.

After far too long, I realize that the little wheel for intensity of the instruments was flipped to the 'always on' position.

Find a nice campsite. Only one other vehicle in the 10 or so sites.



Even a nice little creek down there.



A pretty strong dry thunderstorm blew through, but that was only 30 minute or so. Other than that, a nice night.

Got in the tent, and one of the zipper heads isn't meshing with the teeth, so part of the flap isn't being closed. Fool around with that. As it's getting dark, hard to tell, but eventually I was able to get the bad one all the way to its end of the flap, and just pull the good one all the way around.

Nice and cool evening, but warm in the sleeping bag. Quiet except for the stream babbling away.

And I can't sleep. Thinking about the truck breaking down in BFE some more. What if I can't start in the morning--no phone signal here. Also wasn't feeling good. Tossed and turned most all night.

At some point I decided that between not feeling good and the unreliable vehicle, it was probably smarter to abort this trip. Laid there til about 5:15, when the predawn light allowed me to pack up.

Wandered up to I80, figuring I'd have a better chance of phone signal and being able to get help on the big roads. Went across Wyoming to I25 and down home. There's a lot of nothing in Wyoming.

Maybe I'll have to go vehicle shopping. Seems like the old truck is only reliable for 'around town' stuff any more. Maybe get an Outback or something like that, where I can toss all my camping gear in and have more adventures.

As for now, I'm still going to try to get up to Seattle to visit my friends at some point, but fly/rent a car seems smarter.
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