River (not so) deep, mountain high

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tuesday night at 7.30 pm Estes Park had a cowboy sing-along with a guy called Brad Fitch which I attended along with 150-200 others.  He was a very friendly guy who wanted the audience to actively participate.  For instance, when he (and his cowboy partner) had sung 'coool, cleeaar' we were supposed to respond singing 'waaater'.  He also had little contests during the program.  The first one was to determine who had travelled the farthest to come to Estes Park.  I immediately yelled:  'Denmark', which seemed to amuse the audience, because that answer basically decided the contest.  A lady said:  'UK', but Brad knew enough geography to rule her out.  I went up and received my prize (and, incidentally, also a consolation prize to the UK lady).  In another contest Brad wanted to know who had the most grandchildren.  The winner, a Texas man, had 17!  After the show, I and the other winners went to the Macdonald Bookstore to fetch our prizes, but the young people in the shop did not know what we were talking about and the owner could not be reached on the phone.  So, just for the fun of it, I returned the next day to buy some maps and also to inquire about the prize, which turned out to be a car sticker with the text:  'CowboyBrad.com'!   Go check out Brad for yourselves!  I purchased his latest CD and now have an everlasting memory about the evening.
On my way to the bookstore I spotted a small group of people with posters calling for 'Honk for Peace', 'Peace in the Middle East', 'Grandmas for Peace' etc.  Quite a few cars honked.  I walked up to a very kind lady in the group to enquire what this was all about.  She said the group meets every Wednesday and has for years.  In the beginning there had been WWII veterans but most of those were gone by now.  War did not solve any problems, she said.  I think we agreed about that, but honking for peace in Estes Park, Colorado, may not solve any problems, I said, and I then tried to tell her a little about islam and Middle East politics.  We parted as friends.  She will undoubtedly be back next Wednesday.
I then left Estes park and headed for the Rocky Mountain National Park or 'the Park', as it is called among the locals.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.  
(The WiFI at the Restway is overloaded probably because the campground is full due to the Cheyenne Frontier Days.  So, once again I've had to resort to McDonald's, where I've just had a Big Breakfast and a large coffee.  It's now 8.45 Sunday morning.  At 10.30 Gina and I will go to the Cheyenne Stadium to experience the rodeo show.)         
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Bent Jensen on

Dear Jens. As you well know, war often solves problems. World War Two solved the problem called Nazi Germany and Militaristic Japan. Wars have repelled Arab aggressions against Israel. If Israel had not been able to fight wars the Arabs would long ago have "solved the problem" of the existence of democratic Israel.

Marilyn Lee on

Jens, you are seeing more of the USA's natural bounty than any American I know.
Hence, by the time of your return to Denmark, you will be an honorary American and Cowboy Extraordinaire.

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