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7/20 Weekend: Cheyenne, Hiking and More

Hi all!

Geoff and I celebrated our 9 month anniversary by attending Cheyenne Frontier Days (more like we realized it after we had purchased our tickets). The rodeo claims to be “the Daddy of ’em all” and I think that’s definitely true. They had excellent roughstock, hardly any of the bull riders lasted 8 seconds and some great bucking horses. It was the opening day of the rodeo, and they have slack during the day, so I don’t think it was the best of everyone who entered, but it was still fun to watch!

Additionally, the announcer prayed before the rodeo began, they were definitely loyal to the troops and the woman who sang the National Anthem was the best I’ve ever heard (she and her husband put on Sunday Cowboy Church and is the sister of Reba McIntire). The Wyoming Senator was in attendance and when the announcer asked him what he’s been doing in Washington, the Senator replied, “I tell them to leave us alone.”

They also have a “Frontier Town” which consists of some shops selling Western things be it saddles, decor, or pony rides. Dodge RAM was a huge supporter and they set up a track where they gave people rides over some logs, up a huge dirt hill and over some whoops. They were giving out free t-shirts so of course we did it.

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After the rodeo, we hung around town until the Alan Jackson concert. I have to say, it was really really good. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Randy Houser opened and he was great as well. I think what Geoff and I most liked about Alan Jackson was:

  1. He’s been around for a long time and had over 30 #1 hits
  2. He isn’t like other artists that try to get you cheering or singing parts of the song. His exact words were: “We’re gonna play some music. You can drink, dance, cheer or whatever… I don’t care.”
  3. He doesn’t change guitars or outfits or talk between every song, he just pulls up a stool and starts playing

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Sunday, we tried another church in the morning and then hiked Horsetooth Rock in the afternoon. It was a 5 mile roundtrip hike and took us a little over 2 hours. It was pretty hot, but worth the scramble at the end for the view.

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The picture above is the west view, towards the Rockies. The picture below is the east view, towards the town of Fort Collins and the Horsetooth Resevoir. As you can see in the bottom picture, it was a bit of rock climbing to get to the top.

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Sunday night, we went to the movies to see Despicable Me 2. I think I laughed more than the kid sitting next to Geoff. If you haven’t seen it, go. It’s worth it and super funny.

Monday after work we decided to try some mountain biking. We haven’t gone in Fort Collins yet and there are a lot of trails around, but they are all multi-use trails. Most of them are pretty wide and we had some issues finding one that was easy enough for me. But we talked to a guy on the trail and he pointed us in the right direction to Pineridge. It was almost too easy, like riding on a gravel road, but then we ended up finding a singletrack some rocks and roots.

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That’s it for today! We’re hoping to visit the New Belgium brewery tonight or tomorrow.

Wednesday night “Township”

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Wednesday night after work we went to a community group (The Town Church calls them Townships) and had an amazing time. Everyone was so genuine and friendly, we had great conversations and felt like they really wanted to get to know us.

We feel really blessed because God has placed us in the midst of a lot of Christians. We enjoyed the first church we tried out, the people we are working with are incredibly sweet, and the CG that we found was awesome. One of the most important criteria points was that there was a Jesus-loving, bible-believing church that emphasizes community. And we found one on our first try! We still plan to check out a few other churches, but Geoff and I both enjoyed The Town Church immensely.

Thursday there was a large thunderstorm that ended up canceling an outdoor concert that we planned to attend with Mack and her family. This was no Seattle thunderstorm. Rain drops were huge and hit the ground hard, there was a lot of lightning flashes and thunder. It was pretty fun to watch!

Fort Collins downtown puts on a lot of events in the summertime, such as this free concert, sidewalk sales, or art walks. We still went out to dinner at a great burger place and had a good time.

Saturday we are going to Cheyenne’s Frontier Days to watch the PRCA rodeo and Alan Jackson in concert. We are really excited!

Yellowstone #3

Alright, Yellowstone number 3. I’ll be happy to just use my iPhone instead of resizing all these pictures from Geoff’s nice camera. Although we wouldn’t have been able to see the dead buffalo if we didn’t have it.

Old Faithful. It was neat to see, especially since you learn about it when you’re young. It isn’t the biggest geyser at Yellowstone, just the most consistent (hence the name Old Faithful). You can see in the second picture how big it is compared to the people. It erupts every 40-120 minutes and fortunate for us, we only had to wait 10 to see it blow.

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We saw a BIG elk on our way out, look at that rack! You can’t get closer than 100 ft (I think) and I wouldn’t want to. We saw a grizzly bear too, but I didn’t want to wait too long to get a picture.

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Looked like there was a fire some time ago.

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Lewis Falls (we’re almost out of the park)

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We also passed the continental divide a total of 6 times on this trip, from Butte til we got out of Yellowstone. Crazy!

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The speed limit in Yellowstone is 45 mph, which is probably good for the curvy roads and abundance of wild animals. But we noticed that it saved us so much gas! We stopped for gas in Livingston right after we left our campsite and didn’t need to gas up again until Dubois, WY. We averaged almost 26 mpg, which is crazy for Geoff’s little Canyon carrying all of our crap.

Drive through Jackson National Park (you enter this park when you leave Yellowstone)

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Wyoming scenery. Changes from really pretty and green to flat and grassy. We hardly saw anyone on the road and there were open range areas with cattle snacking on some grass right next to the highway.

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After we left Yellowstone, it was a long drive to Fort Collins. Our original plan was to camp Saturday night, but we decided to just push on through. After driving through miles and miles of not much to look at and no cars on the road, we landed at our home for the next month at 11:30pm.

 

Yellowstone #2

Here we go with post numero dos!

What does this look like to you? We weren’t sure it was a bison until we blew up the photo on the computer.

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I saw it from the road and it wasn’t moving. I’m pretty sure he was dead. Especially since there are no other bison from his herd. Hopefully he’s just taking a nap.

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Roaring Mountain. That white stuff you see is steam rising up.

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So pretty!

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Artist Paint Pots

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Then we stopped to eat our lunch next to this cool little river

Yellowstone Creek

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Next was Grand Prismatic Spring. It looked like an infinity pool! That would probably burn you and cover you with orange bacteria.

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A different pool

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Then we went to Lower Geyser Basin, which is a small area with several pools and geysers. Also an attraction for Hippe Haters.

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