Saturday, March 28, 2009

Colorado Backcountry: NOCO Slay day

JP does his signature tail butter. I call it "The Rodeo".
It is always a good day on the ski hill when there is utter mayhem and carnage on the way there. An upslope storm cycle (my favorite kind of storm cycle) just hammered the front range before the weekend. These snow storms send traffic into chaos plucking the unfortunate or sometimes ill prepared commuter. Only the hearty are out in conditions like these.
Our commute up to northern part of the state was a labyrinth of ditched rigs, fender benders, serious accidents; one accident involved 6-7 vehicles and continuous in-cab defrost. The white knuckle drive included some fierce ice and snow pack that made for slow going, tedious driving. The worst of leaving town.
Our motivation was skies that continued to clear as winds calmed into the morning hours, the storm cycle which stared only two days before and was brutal, leaving feet of snow, losses grip and its bounty(~30+ inches powder) there for the harvest.

This Pringles right here Manie.

JP liftoff.

Jordan rockets.

Jay with helmet cam slashes.

Bennie and sled in a tree well.

By the time we got back to the trucks, done sledding and snowboarding for the day it felt like spring again. Blue bird skies and the snow pack had melted off the truck into that black pile of slush that forms under the wheel wells. The parking lots were muddy and flowing with snow melt. Somebody said "man that is some muddy water".
Today was anything but Double Trouble.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Colorado Pottery: A watercolor dish

A Trax Jordan original piece. This watercolor dish holds different size brushes and has a reservoir of 3 cups. It's oval in shape and about 7 inches long with blue and light green glazing.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mountain Raj

A favorite local IPA chills on the deck at sunset, it hasn't a chance.
Photo: Will O...taken with an iphone. (not bad)
via Avery Brewing
The Maharaja
Beer Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Columbus, Crystal, Centennial & Simcoe
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, caramel 120L, victory
OG: 1.090 Alcohol By Volume: 10.54% (2008)
IBU's: 102

Color: Dark Amber

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "king". Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.

This newest Avery Dictator completes the "Dictator Series" joining the likes of The Kaiser & The Czar. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

* "Best hop-delivery vehicle"- Men's Health Magazine
* "American brewing at it's best"- Beer Advocate Magazine

* 22 oz. bottles
* 5.17 gallon keg
* 15.5 gallon keg
* Available March thru August

If you have never had this beer, find it, buy it, consume it. It's delicious!

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