A Jaunt to Vail

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The sky was clear this morning and the temperature on the cool side.  I waited until seven to start up the genny and get a bit of heat going.  I got out a bit after the sun rose, which was quite awhile, here in the valley.  I got a few shots during the early light that turned our good.

I left for Vail at about nine or so.  It's only about twenty or so miles away on a continuous climb.  I'm at over seven thousand feet here, but Vail is over eight thousand.  The plan was that I would meet my friend, Dennis, at a restaurant and visit over lunch.  

I got to the town early enough to drive through it's maze of streets, alleys and dead-ends.  No on-street parking here, though.  Land is so dear that they don't waste it on such trivial things.  I did get a few shots of the snow-capped peaks above town.  It was not easy.  There's a frontage road on the north side of I-70, which helps with the access.  I stopped and looked around in an Ace Hardware and a Safeway store to pass the time.

Dennis called and I gave him directions to the West End Cafe.  He was there faster than I had expected, since he has already arrived in town when he called.  

It was great to see him after our last visit in 1964.  You know, when the Beatles were just getting going?  He looks pretty good for a guy a year older than I am.  

We talked a bit about what we had been up to over the last half-century.  His life was much more interesting than mine...to me anyway.  He retired after a long stint with NSA.  The secret guy place.
He and his wife then moved to Colorado for several years and then to Arizona.  Now they're back in Colorado, about three or four hours from Vail.

We actually had breakfast, again, for lunch.  Farmer's Breakfast, or Bauernfrstück, as it's called in Berlin.  It came with a dill pickle there, so I asked Abigail, our server, if that would work.  It did.  The food was good, but the company even better.  I asked another server to take our pictures together, but they did not turn our, in spite of my efforts at editing.  The guys in them looked too OLD.  I just couldn't make them look the way I remembered. :O)

We parted and hope to get together again in the near future.

I picked up some groceries at Safeway and headed home to camp. This place fills up at night.  Since there are only six sites, and no campground host, we get a lot of traffic of "lookers."  That's normal for here, I reckon.

I'll move on in the AM to Golden Gate State Park Campground, near Boulder.  My grand-niece, Naomi, sent me a link to the park.  I hope to get there early enough to snag a site for us.  Hopefully both she and John, her mate, can both be there.

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photodon on

Glad you and Dennis were able to hook up there in Vail. A scenic area. Good to see some pix but would have been nice to see you and Dennis together after all these decades ;0)

jerry on

Now let's see that pic of you and Scarf you CLAIMED didn't turn out

photodon on

Wish there was a "Like" button on this thing, Jerry ;0)

Mike Noble on

As usual, a few days behind on your blog. Wow, meeting up with an old buddy from long ago-now that is cool and something I try to do on each trip. Last time Quinci insisted that we meet up with an old girl friend from my Army days and so we did-Quinci is like that. Anyway, glad you did that and hey, your life is and was very exciting too....just hearing your travel stories makes me know that. You are getting ever closer to home where I am sure you will plan another trip.

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