Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunset Cruise on Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 273)


Sunset Cruise on Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 273)

Most Colorado sunsets are stunning - especially if seen from a lake with the sky reflecting on the water. There's nothing quite like a sunset cruise, is there? So this week I'd like to share with you a sunset cruise on Horsetooth Reservoir, near Fort Collins.

Lately, we've enjoyed several daytime and evening boat rides on our little boat "Slow Ride", including one with Scott's mother Ellie and her husband Jim, who were visiting from Florida.

The video includes footage from one of the cruises with them and from last night's outing, which includes a lightning storm. There have been quite a few rain clouds in unfortunate spots during this week's sunsets - so I didn't get to capture exactly what I was looking for. When all conditions were ideal and the light display blew me away, I didn't have my video camera with me - so I included just a photo of that sunset (and Whiskey) at the end of this week's Moving Postcard video.

But I'll keep going out on the boat and am sure to capture one of those really big displays of colors, shapes and textures. And then I'll just post another video of an even better sunset cruise on Horsetooth Reservoir!

The beautiful featured song is the instrumental version of “Amaranthine, You Fly” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Whiskey dog on a sunset cruise on Horsetooth Reservoir

Monday, July 20, 2015

Looking for happy new 2015 summer songs!

As I'm in the process of putting together the final mix of my favorite songs of the 2nd quarter of 2015, something I suspected is definitely getting confirmed: while I've been having a wonderful spring and an even more fun summer, most of the new music I've discovered lately is a bit more on the somber and serious side. Well, that's just not the soundtrack that matches this summer!

So I'm looking for some new happy songs... I'm sure I could find quite a few songs by looking for "song of the summer" kind of blog posts. But I figured, I'd rather ask my friends... so...

Which 2015 song makes you dance, laugh and want to turn it up loud as your train leaves the station, your plane takes off or your car finally hits the open road?

Please leave your suggestion (preferably with the link to the sound or video file on YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Spotify etc.) below. Then I'll put together a happy summer mix tape together for all of us to enjoy.

As a bit of an inspiration, my favorite happy song so far is "Back of the Car" by RAC (feat. Nate Hendricks).

RAC - Back of the Car (feat. Nate Henricks)


If you can't watch the video, check out "Back of the Car" on soundcloud

THANK YOU!

Um... yeah... about this photo: all I remember is that towards the end of Scott's company's party, some of his co-workers pointed to this plate and encouraged me to take a photo because one of them claimed I knew how to take good pictures. The memory is a bit fuzzy because it was a really good summer party...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Greyrock Trail - In A Colorado Minute (Week 272)

Greyrock Trail - In A Colorado Minute (Week 272)

The Greyrock Trail (off Poudre Canyon Road aka Highway 14) is a slightly challenging and very rewarding hiking trail up to Greyrock Mountain in the Laramie Mountains Range of the Rocky Mountains.

To cover the 2,040 feet of elevation to the 7,600-feet summit of Greyrock Mountain, you can choose between two trails: Greyrock Meadows Trail (3.79 miles) and Greyrock Summit Trail (2.80 miles). Greyrock Summit Trail is the steeper and more interesting trail that I took while shooting this video.

Both trails meet again at the base of Greyrock, after which the remaining 1/2 mile is a more rocky terrain that may require your hands to help you get up to the summit, discover the small lake at the top and enjoy the view of snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains.

The day I hiked up there was appropriately grey with a constant threat of thunderstorms. Everyone who had passed me while I was stopping to shoot my video along the way, eventually passed me again as they descended, including the two very kind Park Rangers. So when Whiskey and I had made it onto Greyrock itself and I believed to be only about 10 or 15 minutes from the summit, the rain, sudden big wind gusts, and thunder above, convinced me to turn back around and try to get us to a safer spot quickly. I decided I would just come back on another, clearer day to explore and record the summit and the view.

It wasn't until today, as I was doing some research to write this post, that I realized (via a post on summitpost.org) I most likely had taken a wrong turn on the rock where the trail is not very visible anymore and had ended up on the dead-end ledge, which conveniently overlooks Laporte, Fort Collins and part of Horsetooth Reservoir (as you can see in the end of the video). Now I'm even more convinced I made the right choice to turn back around and make another attempt to reach the summit in the near future.

In the video you will see my dog Whiskey cooling off in the stream that runs along a good portion of the Summit Trail. However, it is advised to not let your dog drink that water due to possible presence of Giardia bacteria. Please bring your own source of water for your dog as I did. And hopefully your dog isn't as much of a nature snob that she insists on drinking the local mountain water.

Another thing I'd like to point out that may already be obvious from the video: these forests seem to catch fire easily because Colorado is usually rather dry. So please be very aware of not doing anything that might cause a fire.

Last but not least, I highly recommend hiking this very popular trail at this time of year because of all the wildflowers! Just get there early so you can claim one of the parking spots.

The song in this video is called “Acoustic Blues” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

Wildflower along the Greyrock Trail with Greyrock Mountain in the background

Greyrock Trail Map
Rocky Mountains, Colorado


Friday, July 10, 2015

Laramie (Wyoming 125th Anniversary) - In Another Minute (Week 271)

Laramie (Wyoming 125th Anniversary) - In Another Minute (Week 271)

Today is Wyoming's 125 anniversary! On July 10, 1890, this wild west land received its statehood. What better day to publish the video I shot of the picturesque and authentic town of Laramie, Wyoming, this week? Congratulations, Wyoming!

Laramie is only about an hour north of Fort Collins, via an easy and beautiful drive up Highway 287.

I enjoyed roaming and filming the downtown area so much - with its buildings dating back all the way to 1869, cowboy culture, delicious food (Jeffrey's Bistro on the corner of Ivinson and N. 2nd), authentic old-timey bars (The Old Buckhorn Bar and Parlor on Ivinson is actually on the State Register of Historic Places!), and incredibly friendly people - that I'm sure to head back up there more often. Oh, and can I just gush about the trains and train tracks? Just seeing the words Union Pacific let's my imagination roam...

Laramie is the seat of the only 4-year university of Wyoming, which may be one of the reasons why old Western culture and modern alternative culture co-exist. It has an interesting history including stories of Western heroes and villains, first women voters and jury members. More recently, it also became known internationally as the place where Matthew Shepard was murdered. While since moving to Colorado, I have learned of the theory that he was not killed because he was gay but because of dealing crystal meth, I would like to focus mostly on the fact that his tragedy was a catalyst for positive awareness and change regarding how mainstream society views and deals with LGBT culture and people. Sometimes good things come from dark events.

I sincerely hope that no one I captured in this video will be offended by being in the video. If you are, please let me know and I'll replace that shot.

Soon, I will publish a post on my personal blog with photos from Laramie, especially because I captured a lot more than could fit into this 1-minute video. But right now I'm going to put on my brand-new "Get your beaver buckin'" (featuring a rodeo girl riding a big beaver, oh yes) to celebrate 75 years of Jubilee Days and 125 years of Wyoming Statehood. Whee-haaaw!!!

The song in this video is called "Tennessee Hayride” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason, for all your excellent music!

If you want to see more of Wyoming, please check out these previous Moving Postcard episodes:

Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge (Wyoming) – In Another Minute (Week 228)

Vedauwoo, Wyoming – In Another Minute (Week 210)

Tri-State Marker (Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 259)


 True cowboys smoke and drink at the Buckhorn Bar in Laramie, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pimp My Jon Boat: "Slow Ride" - In A Colorado Minute (Week 270)


Pimp My Jon Boat: Slow Ride - In A Colorado Minute (Week 270)

Recently, we acquired a jon boat (or johnboat) from our friends Corey and Lisa. This week, we gave the little aluminum boat an overhaul and created this "pimp my jon boat" episode featuring the newly christened "Slow Ride".

Yes, the boat with its car battery motor, and now its new oars, is a very slow ride. And yes, New Belgium's summer session beer Slow Ride is our beer of the summer. So it all fits.

What also fits is that we love to swim, picnic, fish and relax along Horsetooth Reservoir and now can access good spots along its cove while the pedestrian-accessed beaches are under water yet again due to this spring's silly amount of rain.

An interesting fact I learned on wikipedia: The Wasserwacht branch of the German Red Cross has chosen jon boats for their civil protection units for use during floods. A fact you won't find there: as kids, my brother and I loved reading these short story magazines about sea rescue missions. I just tried to find images of those - but couldn't. Maybe someone else remembers those and what they were called? Something about Seenotrettungskreuzer...?

For this video, Scott Solary shot all the footage that features me or my arm, I shot the rest.

The song is the instrumental version of “Let It In” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

The jon boat Slow Ride on Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado
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