Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We Heart Colorado

Rocky Mountain High
John Denver
Words by John Denver; Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Comin' home to a place he'd never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin' by a song
But the string's already broken and he doesn't really care
It keeps changin' fast and it don't last for long

But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
I know he'd be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky mountain high

It's Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody's high
Rocky mountain high

Monday, May 18, 2009

Record Deal

Beatles Revolver
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Paul Simon
Bob Dylan
Van Morrison
John Denver
The Band
Cat Stevens

and more. over 100 more!!!!

Go take a walk. You might find some yourself. Tis the day of scoring other peoples "junk". Earlier today Jay found an old 10 speed bike sitting next to someones garbage can, one week after I told him I think I might like to have a road bike.
This afternoon he came home and said he found 2 file boxes full of old records. It only took 2 seconds for Bob and Elizabeth, (part of the raddest family EVER) to jump away from the dinner table to go for a walk to fetch these boxes.

We've been drooling and listening to music ever since. Flashbacks and new memories being made. Life is good!(She doesn't believe that music is in vinyl form!)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Veggi Oil 101

Our friend Sean drives a bus that he converted. It runs on used veggi oil! Vegetable oil can be used as an alternative fuel in diesel engines.
Other than a bit of diesel to start the bus, he doesn't have to pay anything to drive.
He gets his oil from restaurants, filters it and pumps it into the tank.
He took some time and gave the kids a lesson.
STEP 1....learn to drive a veggi bus
STEP 2 find the used oil and pour into buckets to strain the gunk

STEP 3...I really have no idea. :) I did notice it's a bit MESSY . Pretty darn cool though.
The oil gets filtered a total of 3 times before hitting the tanks. His tank can hold up to 40 gallons of filtered oil and then he has 3 buckets of oil being filtered at all times. He said he has never had a problem finding the oil, most establishments are happy to get rid of it.

Step 4..Pump into yet another filter, then directly into the tank

Waste vegetable oil

As of 2000, the United States was producing in excess of 11 billion liters (2.9 billion U.S. gallons) of waste vegetable oil annually, mainly from industrial deep fryers in potato processing plants, snack food factories and fast food restaurants. If all those 11 billion liters could be collected and used to replace the energetically equivalent amount of petroleum (an ideal case), almost 1% of US oil consumption could be offset.

Sean's music

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Swell of a time

The Swell! We found it last fall and it's still a treasure in our memories. Last time we went through the canyons. This time we stayed on top in the desert and bouldered like mad men.
We took Sean and Emily (friends we met in Zion) with us this time. We found the perfect spot to camp for 10 days and called it home.
Last time we were here the dinosaur quarry was closed. We were lucky this time.

Everyone spent lots of time on the rock. Emily and Sean had never heard of the sport. 2 days into it and they were on the Internet looking for climbing shoes to buy! Which is better than what Sean was using before.....his bare feet!!! OUCH!We had a lot of fun and Ani had lots of "training" time.

(avery and her friend cora)
(reading break)
We did lots of other things out in the desert those weeks. We read, did yoga, drank plenty of margaritas, ate lots of meat, painted murals, learned how to play cats cradle, built cabinets for Sean's bus and enjoyed each others company, a lot! We left Sean and Emily here. We headed east towards Colorado while they ventured north to Alaska for the summer. It truly is lonely without them. Sean has even offered us a job as their traveling cooks. :0 Sounds great doesn't it! We'll just trust that we will see them again here in the lower 48.

We traveled SE a bit and stopped at some amazing petroglyphs. The Rochester Panel.
I was bummed when we missed it last fall. It was a must the 2nd time around.

Ani get your guns

She's a natural!
She sticks with it.
She's a strong girl and never gives up.
She's found a passion.
Her strength and determination will shock you.
She's 8 and has bouldered on some of the most famous rocks in the US.

We've played on rocks our whole lives. Since our trip to Joshua Tree in Jan. Ani has found a new love. She has been climbing almost everyday since. She will be in her first bouldering competition next month. She's excited and counting down the days.
We'd love for you all to come out and visit and support her.
It's going to be a fun weekend.

The Teva Games 2009 will be held in Vail, Colorado June 4-7. It is the country's largest celebration of mountain sports. Along with climbing competitions there will be biking (road and trail), running, kayaking, rafting, mountain photographing, film festivals and live music. All spectating is FREE. Ani will compete Sunday morning. You can find out more here.....
See you there!