• There Goes the Sun August 24, 2017

    We kind of argued with ourselves in regards to the eclipse. We were in Breckenridge which was supposed to have 90% totality. Having been to Wyoming and not itching to get back there, do we stay? Do we go? We didn’t really have equipment to capture the eclipse so even if we were to be there in person, just our memories would need to hold us through. We opted to stay in Breckenridge.

    Prime eclipse viewing was scheduled for 11:45 Mountain Time. We headed out around 9:45 to search for the prime viewing area. We found it – a field next to a pull off near the White River National Forest in Dillon. It wasn’t a pull off with designated parking spaces so no one was there. We took our laptops for work, our chairs, some sunscreen (for Kim) and listened to music in a huge field. It got dim which was the strangest feeling. One thing we hadn’t anticipated? How COLD it would get. Sure, we were in the mountains but the temperature dropped by easily 7 degrees.

    Some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

    Setting up in our field of dreams

    Other side of our view – not shabby

    Uber cool glasses

    Pictures captured it well, no? (sarcasm)

    So are we regretting not trekking the 11.5 hours (with traffic back into CO, as friends told us) to see totality? Not really. If we had equipment, maybe, but we don’t. It was a pleasant morning, neat to see with our uber cool glasses and we had a pleasant lunch afterwards. We got to see an eclipse, less the slim banana in the sky.

  • Fire on the Mountain August 18, 2017

    There is no better time to do a review of a firepit right after a fire ban, no? You may have seen our area on the news (our families certainly did with people coming out of the woodwork ensuring we were safe…we are!) that there have been some forest fires and evacuations as a result of some careless people.

    So do as we say, not as we do. Start a fire. And do it without much muss or fuss.

    What: Flame Genie Wood Pellet Fire Pit
    Where to Buy: Amazon or direct from manufacturer
    Price: Around $100

    If you’re like us, you don’t like to buy bulky items (where you ask “where on earth we’re going to store the thing?”). If you’re also like us, you like to have campfires even if the site you’re renting doesn’t have a fire pit. This is the perfect solution for both problems. The Flame Genie is compact (you can keep it in tact when stationed somewhere for a while but also easily break it down, and there’s also a handy dandy carrying case you can purchase!), burns wood pellets instead of wood (the pellets basically disintegrate upon burning, making a small pile of ash) and boy, does it make a big warm fire! And unlike campfires that smell up the whole joint, it burns pretty clean and you won’t find smoldering the next day because you neglected to properly put it out. It burns out quickly. And you won’t reek of that fire smell. It burns clean. And your neighbors,  who may not like the fire part of the campground, will have no qualms with you using this nifty device.

    There are some downsides. You have to keep feeding the fire with just the right amount of pellets (too few makes the fire collapse, too many chokes the fire) and it may take a couple of tries to figure out what that amount is. Its kind of like a video game in that way, so perhaps that’s an upside. You also have to purchase pellets, gel and long matches so it isn’t like you can just open the box and start a fire. These are relatively cheap, easy to find and easy to store.

    Would Buy Again: Oh hell yes. Coming from a state campground where fires were a staple to a private campground where your site is 100% dependent on the site owner (where we have flowers in the fire pit because their fire pit is rather pathetic), we love this little fire pit. It may be small but it packs a huge fire and big heat.

    Buy it here:


  • Blue Sky Challenge August 14, 2017

    We were challenged The Blue Sky Challenge by Chickery’s Travels. Challenge accepted! For those of you who don’t know, the Blue Sky Challenge is issued by fellow bloggers to some of their favorite blogs.

    The Rules

    As part of it, we must answer 11 questions from my nominator, then nominate 11 blogs that I love and give them 11 new questions.

    Our Answers

    1. What fictional universe would you want to live in?

    Doctor Who universe. Of course, Kim gets very thrown off by changes from Pacific to Mountain to Central to Eastern time, so it would be a bit challenging.

    2. What would be your patronus?

    Sea otter. Because look at them.

    ZOMG! Otter!

    3. If you have a tattoo, what is it? If you don’t, and had to get one, what would it be?

    We both have tattoos but they’re very old and probably need some recoloring. For both of us, we plan on getting the same thing – our dog Ally’s paw.

    4. What is your favorite quote?

    “The future is no place to place your better days.” – Dave Matthews Band, Cry Freedom

    5. What is the favorite place you’ve visited, and why?

    Breckenridge, CO. There are mountain people and there are beach people. While Kim grew up on the beach, it turns out we’re mountain people.

    6. Where are you planning to travel next?

    Once we leave Breckenridge we’ll start a slow exodus to Florida for the winter. We’re like geese but have much nicer singing voices. We’ll go from Colorado to New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama then Florida.

    7. What is your favorite garden?

    Duke Gardens in Durham NC.

    8. If you could eat anything for your next meal, what would it be?

    Pizza. Good pizza.

    9. If you could go to any point in history to witness it for yourself, when and where would that be?

    Hmmmm. Probably back to the Revolutionary War, if only to prove that Hamilton didn’t really rap.

    10. What book are you reading right now, or what was the most recent book you read?

    The End of Eddy

    11. What reality or TV series is your guilty pleasure?

    Next Food Network Star. It doesn’t matter that only 4 or 5 of the bazillion seasons are actually “stars”.

    So…we don’t really want to single out other bloggers. The thing about this is that if you’ve already done it, you don’t want to do it again. If we forget to include you, you may feel badly. If you don’t want to do it and we single you out, you’ll feel obligated. So do it if you want and if you do, let us know!

    Our Questions

    So the mission, if you accept it, is to answer the following questions.

    1. What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
    2. If you were to name your own town, what would it be named?
    3. What’s the furthest distance you’ve been from where you were born?
    4. Chocolate or Vanilla?
    5. If you had to remain in one state for the rest of your days – where would it be?
    6. What pets accompany you currently?
    7. What’s your favorite cruising tune?
    8. Other than Amazon, what’s your go-to shopping site?
    9. What’s your news source (e.g. TV, newspapers, online)?
    10. Are you a mountain person, a beach person or other?
    11. What’s your favorite holiday, if any?