I. Love. Clouds. 🙂
(These are from today, just before we got home from our anniversary lunch…)
Although I should be able to do basic maintenance on my own bicycle, space and time constraints meant I wanted to find someone else to do it and a friend recommended Andrew at Bring the Bike Ltd. I am glad she did.
I am just back from an anniversary dinner and am looking forward to an afternoon bike ride on my freshly cleaned and tuned two-wheel transportation. Andrew did a bang-up job for a great price, and I know I’ll be a repeat customer. I am not sure of everything he does, but I do know it includes tuning and repairing! 🙂
And he’s a really nice guy on top of it!
So a “We Recommend” and 5 Bulls from Strasburg Rocks! for Bring the Bike Ltd.
But, Augie and I did our normal Friday night activity of sleeping in the tent last night, and although it was predicted in WeatherBug for midnight, it came through 10:30ish. Here are a few tweets during it…sneaking them out before waking up the little guy, heading to breakfast, and getting haircuts.
Good morning Strasburg and towns nearby! It’s a beautiful, high plains morning…may it be an awesome weekend for you!Continue Reading
It appears that Pokemon Go is all the rage (just Google it if you are unfamiliar), and sure enough, our eight year-old, Augie, has decided to become a Pokemon trainer. Good news is to catch many of these elusive creatures, kids need to get out of the house. 🙂
So, out we went as a father/son team…scootered from home to The Pizza Shop…and then walked to the Strasburg Convenience Store. Now, without the game you cannot see just how infested our wonderful town is with these somewhat magical rodents. Augie caught four or five during our short trek downtown!
I also snapped this photo while heading back to The Pizza Shop from the corner before Valley Bank and Trust:
Hope you all have had an awesome weekend!
I am just back from my Cub Scout Pack 439 Cubmaster duties. First, we marched with Troop 439 at the front of the Independence Day parade in Byers, Colorado. (I am so proud of our boys!) Second, we met up at Lions Park in Strasburg, ate lunch, and then watched a Cub Scout/Boy Scout/visitors water fight that moved from water balloons to squeezing water bottles at each other. 🙂
The parade had all the usual…floats…old cars…politicians…emergency vehicles…and since we are in cowboy/cowgirl country…horses…and one goat. 🙂
Now, I should note that I had to march in the parade, so I tried to snap photos of everything ahead of time. However, since we were at the front of the parade, I was able to take a bunch of pictures walking back to the car. Before sharing those images, however, here are four videos…starting off with the 2016 Dust Devils doing a little dancing:
Their float also has this cool fake shotgun action:Continue Reading
Excitement here on Basil Street in Strasburg as we saw a tornado from our next door neighbor’s porch. It was the first sighting for my wife, eight year-old son, and me. First, a picture:
Second, a video:
I did not hear of any injuries and am not sure it actually was more than a funnel cloud. We love Strasburg, but with every place you’ve got to take the bad with the good…
A day or so ago I discovered that if you did a panoramic photo on iPhone and published it to Facebook, the iPhone Facebook app allowed you to do one of those 360 rotations of the image. Today, on my bicycle ride, I tried to do a full 360, but the iPhone seemed to stop about 270 degrees. I do not know how this Facebook post will show up elsewhere, but here goes. 🙂
If it doesn’t do anything for you here on Strasburg Rocks!, please try opening the Facebook entry on your smartphone…and while you are in Facebook…send me a friend request. 🙂
P.S. This was the original one that keyed me in on the interaction between iPhones and Facebook:
It could be I am such a simple man that pretty un-amazing things excite me, but as I was leaving breakfast at McDonald’s in Bennett, I really found this low-flying crop duster a lot of fun to watch (although I didn’t know it was a crop duster when I took the video):
Mom and the munchkin headed home in her car, and then I climbed on my bicycle for the eight miles back ride. Along the way I decided this might be a good way to spend the rest of Sunday:
Are working like the crop duster was…
Or are out-and-about exercising like I did earlier…
Here’s hopin’ you are having an awesome day!
I felt like climbing on my bicycle…and I was going to have to cook for myself ’cause mom and munchkin were going to be gone for a bit…
And I like excuses to eat out…especially if I can reduce the diet-guilt factor through exercise. So…guess what is about 8 miles from where we live in Stradburg…
This was just as I came to the top of the worst incline on the way to Bennett:
On the way back I saw someone who was very curious about the strange being on two wheels:
When you can first see home.
Of course, late in the day as it was, the prettiest views are the other direction:
The first remembrance was at the Mount View Cemetery at 10:00AM, and the second at the memorial beside the Bennett Recreation Center at 1:30PM. Here is a video from the first one with a couple of biplane flyovers, a 21 gun salute, and taps:
Words can not properly express what we owe the men and women who gave their lives to protect us; nor can they compensate the wives, husbands, parents, and children left behind for what it cost them in tears and heartache.
We cannot thank those who are no longer with us, but we do thank their families. May God bless you and yours this Memorial Day…and may God bless America!
Some additional photos:Continue Reading
At home we have a Bowflex Max Trainer (yes, it is expensive, but it really works). However, in Strasburg nothing beats climbing on a bicycle in beautiful weather. Not quite amber waves of grain, but still a appealing view…especially to a New Englander like me who isn’t used to be being able to see so far:
For those “not from around here,” top is west, bottom is east.
My short trip also brought me past one of my favorite sites in our humble little town:
Now, to finish a Diet Pepsi at the Strasburg Convenience Store and head home!
Although Augie and I hoped to camp out each Friday through winter…circumstances when it first became really chilly (below low 30s) meant we didn’t (e.g. Augie got a bad cold if I remember correctly).
However, I am proud to announce that we did start it back up for 2016 last night!:
And, it appears we were enjoying it: 🙂
I think the low overnight was just 41…so we were toasty in our sleeping bags. I also believe it rained a tiny bit…but our Coleman Instant Tent kept us dry!
Finally, if you are interested…here are some highlights of my shortwave listening in the tent. It was a great night for shortwave radio…with some very far away and some first time finds (and a combination of both!)Continue Reading
Quite the hail storm yesterday…
…means we got to meet Brian from CJ Restoration today! 🙂
We called Brian because someone in a local Facebook group was so impressed with him…and we can see why. He was upfront about what the process would be, found a bunch of damage I would have missed (and he only did an initial cursory look), and already has started the process with our insurance company on a good foot.
Although CJ Restoration can be called at (303) 690-9253 (squinting for the selfie I couldn’t see Brian’s left hand was covering the final “3”), we recommend you call him directly at (720) 486-3540. We’ll do a more formal review of CJ Restoration after they do all our repairs (they are a general contractor, so they can do everything…not just our roof)…but for now, thanks to Brian, they get a Strasburg Rocks! “We Recommend.”
If you are anywhere near Strasburg and haven’t checked out he Comanche Crossing Museum, please be sure to when it opens in June. You can read here about the special visit one of our local Cub Scout Packs made today:
Thanks to Strasburg Elementary School Cliff Smith and the Comanche Crossing Museum for helping our Scouts earn their rank badges with a special tour!
The sole purpose of Strasburg Rocks! is to celebrate Strasburg, Colorado, a small, friendly town in the plains east of Denver. It does not exist to make money. However, should Strasburg Rocks! produce any net income, it will be donated back to the Strasburg community.