Shelter from the Rain

Hi All and Happy Friday!  Whew . . . we made it!  And how about the rain yesterday?  Yesterday afternoon and evening saw steady rain showers that saturated the area.  We’re under mostly clear skies this morning, though, with pockets of mist rolling around the valley floors.  Looks like we have a thirty-percent chance of more rain today, with forecasted highs in the mid sixties.

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Need a break from all of the Bud Light blue?  Of course not.  But today’s shot is of a fawn I noticed taking refuge from the rains.  Have a super weekend—see you next week!

What’s that about the Shot of the Day?  Oh deer . . .

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Posted September 5, 2014 by robbpennie in Uncategorized

Thursday’s shots (are off the back–the last 48 hours have been a little nuts in my world) are of some of the prep items for the this weekend’s Whatever, USA event in Crested Butte.

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Elk Avenue looks good in blue!

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Painting the light posts.

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The hotels at Crested Butte Mountain Resort are wrapped.

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Putting together the entrance for the big event.

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Checking out Crested Butte’s biggest sandbox.

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These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of interesting sights in CB and Mt. CB.  It should be quite a party!
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Posted September 4, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Gettin’ Ready for Whatever

Monday was a pleasant (if not breezy) fall day that melted away into a buttery nice evening in Crested Butte.  After being in the bunker most of the day and feeling like I hadn’t seen anything overly neato (ahh, the irony . . . living in Paradise, but working in a basement office :) ), I took a detour through town on my way home.  Honestly, I heard there was a giant blue gorilla lurking about and outside of the 4th of July and Mardi Gras, that’s a pretty uncommon site in CB, so I thought you would want to check it out, too.

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Yes, this is prep for Bud Light’s “Whatever” event in CB this coming weekend . . . with just the preparation turning town and the ski area base into a full-on zoo (I’ve already seen things on Elk Avenue that I’ve never seen before and it was only Tuesday), I imagine this weekend’s going to be quite interesting.  Today’s first shot shows the level of detail that’s going into the preparation . . . themed window trim?  Wow.  By the way, getting even a draft list of events/times/needs for this shin-dig has eluded me.  Maybe I’m just not asking the right people, but if you see a list, feel free to send me a link and I’ll post it.

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The next shot shows off the lighting system that looks like it’s going to turn Elk Avenue into one HUGE dance floor.

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I’ve never seen Elk Avenue looking more like an exclusive community with a massive entry way and security guards on duty . . . word on the street is that the event security is stacked with X-Navy SEAL and for L.A. police officers.  I wonder how many visitors will be adventurous enough to try and find out . . .

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And remember how exciting it was when they did white lines on Elk Avenue a year or two back?  Check out the Bud Light blue!  I say we leave it after the event, ‘cause it reflects the natural beauty of the sky only it’s on the ground (la-T-da).

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And just in case you want to go hot tubbing with a few hundred of new closest friends . . . they’ll probably need a HAZMAT team to safely dispose of the water from those units when the partay is over . . .

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There have been fears that local businesses will be hurt by the event (uhm . . . so it’s, like, super busy in town in September now . . . really? ), but for the crew at the Talk rating passers-by in categories that don’t necessarily fit with my G-Rated Shot of the Day standards, an Elk Avenue combo of pedestrian zone/three-ring circus is business improved, if not business as usual.

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Today’s last shot is of the elusive Blue Gorilla . . . with that stop sign in the frame, it might look like I’m trying to promote a deeper meaning, but, sorry, this event looks like a hoot to me.  Yes, the vocal minority in CB has been up in arms about the event for a few different reasons, but if anything, the detractors’ national-news-making efforts simply saved Anheusser-Busch a bunch of marketing bucks (talk about free publicity) and set CB up to get even more visitors streaming in for the event.  Ooops.  At least I’m aware of the free publicity I’m so generously doling out for the event.  My fave rumor regarding the event is that it’s all just a smoke screen so that A.B. can quickly and quietly get their due diligence squared away to purchase the ski area while the everyone’s distracted by Whatever.  But that’s just a rumor . . . it’s not like there have been a lot of mysterious, high-level meetings at the ski area with wealthy, out-of-town business people or that we’ve seen the ski area’s owner’s kids and grand kids walking around in Bud Light T-shirts or anything.

Whatever.  :)  Party on.  A week from now ‘twil be but a memory.

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Posted September 3, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Hazy September 1st Evening on the Gunnison Country

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Hi Crested Butte Fans—I hope your holiday weekend was fun and relaxing . . . welcome to September.  The family and I went camping and boating at Blue Mesa where it was windy and wet on Sunday and plenty breezy on Monday, as well.  But it was still good to be away from the regular routine (if only just for a couple of days) and enjoy whatever it is that’s so refreshing about sleeping outdoors.  I could use some more of that in the near future, no doubt.

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Today’s shots are from Monday evening, looking up the valley from the fence line at the end of Teocalli in CB South.  Monday’s cool winds blew in smoke haze or dust from the west and highlighted the late day sun rays cutting across the mountains and hills.

The weatherman says we’re back to summery feeling days, today and tomorrow, with highs in the mid seventies and lots o’ sun.  Looks good!  I hope you’re lined up for a brief and focused week . . . that’s what I’m looking forward to for sure.  Have a good one and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted September 2, 2014 by robbpennie in Uncategorized

White Flag Lap for the Shot of the Day

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There’s not an easy way to say this, but here goes–welcome to the Crested Butte Shot of the Day’s “white flag lap,” “two minute warning,” “top of the ninth,” “injury time,” “home stretch,” “concluding chapter,” “fat lady singing,” “swan song” et cetera, et cetera.  The short version is that I’ll be posting through the end of September and then am going to wrap up Crested Butte’s Shot of the Day for (at least) a while.  I wanted to put out a little advanced notice so that I don’t surprise you in a few weeks.

Why stop posting?  Several reasons.  Initially it was because a few weeks back, the resort gave me notice that it would be ending its contract with me for the posts.  Yes, while I would love to be able to say that I’ve been posting shots for all these years simply out sheer love of Crested Butte and a need for a creative outlet, while those things certainly exist for me, there’s been a financial incentive in it for me as well.  The resort now has its content needs covered in other manners.  While they graciously offered me an alternative option that I would have considered a dream gig a few years back, it’s not currently the right fit and I’m passing it up.

So while the thought of ending the Shot of the Day initially took the wind out of my sails, as I’ve thought about it further, I’ve realized I’m ready to spend more time enjoying the Shot of the Day moments I come across and less time recording them for the foreseeable future.  I’m interested in spending less time at my computer, too often tired from either the early morning hour or an already long day, putting together posts.  And being able to leave the camera bag at home when I head out the door?  That’ll be bliss, I believe.  This might seem a little selfish of me (and I couldn’t blame you for thinking of it that way), but I’ve needed a break from the ongoing deadline for some time now.  The rest of my life needs more of me than I’ve been able to give it, as well, so this will be a good change.

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I certainly have to offer up many sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of you who have regularly checked in over the years and to those of you who have reached out to thank me for the shots and blurbs.  Your appreciation has kept me going more than you know and I feel bad about not getting back to some of you who took the time to write.  So again, many, many thanks!

With all this in mind, I’m planning on my last post being on Tuesday, September 30th.  My posts should be pretty business as usual until then . . . I might try and come up with some remarkable comments for that wrap-up post, but we’ll have to see.  I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with the existing blog posts themselves, either.  They’ll probably continue to be available for a while.  Maybe.  Regardless, again, many thanks to you all for the kudos and support over the years—it has been much appreciated.

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Today’s shots are from the past couple of days around CB . . . much of yesterday was another wet and cloudy affair, but days like these are some of the most beautiful of the year in the high country.  This morning we’re under clear skies and just a few degrees from freezing, with a forecasted high in the upper sixties.  The weather looks decent through the weekend, as well.

Speaking of swan songs, today is Mary Jo Somrak’s last day at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  She’s been the executive admin at the company since . . . well, practically the dawn of time (she has been elusive about the total, but I understand that she has around 38 years working at the resort) and her departure is going to leave the Axtel building feeling a little empty for a while.  This place loves you, Mary Jo, and we wish you the best in your well-deserved retirement.  We’ll think of you whenever we ski down the run on the mountain that’s named after you, too.  Today’s last shot is of me with the legend herself (thanks for the photo, Megan!) at her farewell party yesterday.

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So there, all the departure news (that I know of)  is out of the way . . . you can have a really good holiday weekend out there and we’ll see you next week.  And next week’s looking pretty interesting for Crested Butte with its “special event” . . . more on that on Tuesday.

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Posted August 29, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

S’No Way! More White Stuff in August?

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It’d be hard to argue that winter isn’t rarin’ to go for Crested Butte after checking out the mountains around here late Tuesday.  Today’s shots are from yesterday evening around CB . . . rain, lightning and a cold front moved through the area in the afternoon/early evening and when the clouds pulled back to reveal the peaks, they were looking snowy and gorgeous.   That’s as white as I can remember seeing the mountains in August, hopefully a good omen for the coming winter.  Today’s first shot is looking out at Teocalli Mountain.

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Snow covered peaks of the West Elk Range.

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Italian Mountain frosted and still shrugging off the clouds.

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Whiterock Mountain looking a little more like its namesake, with Mount Crested Butte in the foreground.

The snow on the mountains wrapped up what had been a really pretty day in the high country Tuesday.  Morning clouds lingered around the peaks and valleys until nearly noon . . . I’ll share some of those shots with you tomorrow.  The forecast shows another decent chance of thunderstorms today, but things should be drying out and warming somewhat as we head into the weekend and next week, so it’s not quite winter yet.  For those of you heading to CB for the holiday weekend, the moisture will have the single track riding great—you’ll be loving it.

Have a very pleasant day out there and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

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Rainy Daze in Crested Butte

 

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Good Morning CB fans–it’s another overcast affair in the East River Valley, with low clouds clinging to the mountains and plunging into the valleys.  There are bits of blue sky visible above it all, though maybe we’ll see some clear skies for at least part of today.

Wednesday’s shot is looking over the tops of the trees near the Painter Boy lift at the clouds and rain laying in on Mt. Emmons.  Tuesday saw both rain and sun, with a rainy evening closing out the day.  And it felt downright chilly at times Tuesday, walking around the base area during the late morning and then again as I was riding my motorcycle home while a curtain of moisture marched down Kebler Pass towards Crested Butte.

Today’s forecast calls for more of the same moisture and highs in the low-to-mid sixties (there’s a decent chance for rain tomorrow, as well), but the holiday weekend continues to hold potential with the possibility of sun and highs in the seventies.  Hopefully the weather holds for tonight’s Live! From Mt. Crested Butte Free Concert at 5:30pm on the Red Lady Stage.  Billed as one of New Orleans’ best funk bands, it looks like Dumpstaphunk will be the last Live! concert of the summer.  So if the weather provides a window, get out there and enjoy!  Have a super day!

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Posted August 27, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

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