Back from Camping

Good late Wednesday morning from Crested Butte.  We’re under partly cloudy skies so far today with the thermometer showing 74 degrees, headed for a high near 80 this afternoon.  It looks like we have a forty-percent chance for thunder showers this afternoon, so you’ll want to pay attention to what’s building your way if you’re out in the back country today.

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I’m getting caught up on some posts this morning after having been camping down near the shores of Blue Mesa reservoir, west of Gunnison, the last few days.  The Mesa is looking good this summer, staying pretty full and finally warming up to the point where most adults don’t gasp when getting in the water.  Jumping in is still quite an invigorating experience, mind you, but there are fewer strange noises behind the boat as folks ease into the drink.

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Today’s first shot is looking out across the fishing boats on the Mesa in the early morning and today’s second shot is of a not-so Big Horn Sheep that was hanging out with its herd along highway 50.  Nice necklace, huh?  This one evidently gets tracked by the park service.

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My daughter just started dropping a ski so that she’s slaloming (and concentrating much harder, judging by the look on her face) behind our boat now.  The kiddo continues to enjoy more and more of the fun stuff that my wife and I enjoy doing—way cool.

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Tuesday on the Gunnison Country was hot for this part of the world.  CB was in the mid eighties and higher, while at Blue Mesa I was seeing a legit 92 degrees on the truck’s thermometer, with the flag at the visitor’s center barely moving.  With it that hot on the lake, we were cycling in and out of the water all day.  Today’s last shot was supposed to be of my daughter and I both jumping in the water at the same time, but it looks like dad got “faked out” (is that a “gotchya dad” on her mug or what?) by the youngster.  Maybe that was some sort of pay back for her accidently losing her balance and ending up in the water earlier.  She says she got pushed, but you know the stories kids tell.

Anyway, I hope your day is going well and that you’re staying cool during these hot days of July!  Have a good one and I’ll be back tomorrow for more.

Posted July 23, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Summer Fun for the Entire Family at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Today’s first shot is a morning look out to the base area at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  It looks this family is headed for another day of fun on the mountain.  Seeing the Adventure Park and base area busy with visitors riding the lifts for hikes on the mountain or mountain biking in the Evolution bike park has been great.

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Tuesday’s second shot is of the Mountain Adventures program getting ready to roll out of Camp CB for another day full of activities that kids love.  Whether it’s rafting, rock climbing, sailing, fly fishing, ropes courses, mountain biking, canoeing or hiking, Mountain Adventures day camps are a great way for the kids to have fun while mom and dad get out for adventures of their own.  Click here for more info. 

Have an excellent, sunny Tuesday and we’ll do it again, tomorrow!

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Posted July 22, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Smoldering Sunset over Crested Butte

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Monday’s shot is of a mid-summer’s sunset smoldering to dusk, silhouetting Crested Butte Mountain and the Paradise Divide peaks.  It was another weekend full of high country adventures, afternoon showers and meadows stuff with wildflowers.   Hope you had a great one!

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Ahhhh, the Weekend!

Hi All and Happy Friday!  Looks like it’s going to be another beautiful day in paradise, with a forecast for partly cloudy skies, a high of 75 and a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.  We’re under clear skies this morning with temps climbing from our overnight lows in the upper thirties.

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Today’s first shot is from yesterday morning, looking out at the chairs of the WestWall lift disappearing into the morning mist.  After the intense thunderstorm that went through on Wednesday evening, the valley was moist Thursday evening and saw low cloud cover until mid morning when the sun broke through and pushed the fog and mist away.

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Today’s second shot is of a guest enjoying the thrill of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Zip Line Tour.  The zip tour is just one of many fun activities that make up the resort’s Adventure Park.  Have the family do it together and make a memory that you all will grin about for years.

Kick the weekend off right, tonight, with another installment of Pedal and Groove at Butte 66.  See details for this and a bunch of activities and events coming up over the next several days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Have a great weekend!

 

Friday, July 18

  • Pedal and Groove at Butte 66

o   Free twilight lift rides 4:30-7

o   Chuck Grossman plays a free show on the deck from 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, July 19

  • Epic Mountain Relay Finish

o   Road race finish in the base area

o   Opal Moon plays on the Butte 66 deck from 12-4 PM

o   Racer party at Butte 66

  • Divine Family Young People’s concert

o   Children’s concert on Red Lady Stage at 9 AM

Sunday, July 20

  • Breakfast at Butte 66

o   All you can eat breakfast with a signature cocktail and single lift ride ticket

o   $25 adults, $15 kids

o   8 AM- noon

  • Pilates with Kenny

o   Free for CBMR lodging guests, $5 for general public, cash only

o   Red Lady Stage at 9 AM

o   45 minute, fun, open level class

o   Bring a mat if you have one!

  • FREE Mountain Bike Skills Clinic with Andy Shabo presented by Griggs Orthopedics

o   Online registration closes TODAY, Thursday 7/17 at 5 PM

o   http://griggsortho.com/performance/mountain-bike-skills-camp/

o   On-site check in on Butte 66 deck at 9 AM

o   Schedule:

  • 9:00 am – Meet at Butte 66 Deck, Crested Butte Mountain Resort MAP9:30 am – ANDY SHABO Clinic11:30 am – FORUM with FREE lunch (Spellbound, CBMR) *** Dr. Rhett Griggs – Injury prevention & general bike health *** Maryanne Garvin – The Movement Center *** Jeff Westling - Basic bike fitting & downhill-specific bikes/Handlebar Bike Shop *** Jefe Branham – On the Trail Bicycle Maintenance / Tour Divide Q&A 1:00 pm – Break into groups lead by personal coaches, LIFT ACCESS RIDING4:00/5:00 pm - gO home

Wednesday, July 23

  • Blood Drive

o   LMS Ballroom

o   10 AM- 2 PM

o   To Register: Call Human Resources at x4777 or 1800-365-0006 ext. 2 or go to www.bonfils.org and enter sitecode: #A255

o   Donors get a free insulated lunch cooler!

  • Pilates with Kenny

o   $5, cash only

o   Red Lady Stage at 12:15 PM

o   45 minute, fun, open level class

o   Bring a mat if you have one!

  • Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race

o   www.skicb.com/pinnacle

o   Free registration

o   Must register in Spellbound from 4:30- 5:15 PM

o   Downhill and Cross Country Races start at 5:45 PM

o   Awards party with food and drinks in Spellbound after races

o   Lift tickets for downhill race on sale at Registration for $5, cash only

o   Downhill Course: Timeline

o   Cross Country Courses:

  • Expert/Sport: Up Summer Road to top of Peachtree lift. Up lower Westside at Road Access Point. Up Westside trail, Up Upper Westside trail to top of Red Lady Express. Down Luge, up Painter Boy, down Columbine, down Downtime, over to practice loop ending at the treehouse.
  • Beginner: Same up to Aspen Park Road (old gunmount). Down Aspen Road, down T-Bar Road, across Summer Road    to Top of Downtime, down Downtime, across Practice loop ending at treehouse.
  • Jr./Grom: Same to top of West Wall lift, down T-bar road, across summer road to  Downtime, down Downtime    to Practice loop ending at treehouse.
  • Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers- Live! From Mt. Crested Butte Concert Series

o   Free concert at Red Lady Stage in the Base Area

o   5:30- 7:30 PM

o   Food and drinks for sale, cash only

o   No dogs, no outside alcohol

Thursday, July 24

  • Shawn James and the Shapeshifters- Free concert presented by Montanya Distillers

o   Free concert at Red Lady Stage in the Base Area

o   5:30-7:30 PM

o   Food and drinks (including Montanya Rum drinks) for sale, cash only

o   No dogs, no outside alcohol

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Posted July 18, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Midsummer Moisture on the Gunnison Country

Oops . . . evidently didn’t click the “publish” button on yesterday’s post . . .

 

 

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Thursday’s pics are from Wednesday in CB.  Fog lingered in the lowlands around Crested Butte Wednesday morning following overnight showers.  Clouds hung in for much of the day, Wednesday, with late afternoon and evening thunder showers putting a bit of a damper on the turnout for the Live! from Mt. CB free music concert.  Once the showers moved through, though, the skies held until after sunset.  Have a very good Thursday and we’ll catch up again, tomorrow.

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Posted July 17, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Rainbow over the Butte

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It’s been another fun and busy weekend in Crested Butte and on the Gunnison Country!  Monday’s shot is of Friday evening’s rainbow over Crested Butte Mountain.  I didn’t get my camera out quick enough to catch the double rainbow, but it was pretty!  It’s definitely the season for late afternoon and early-evening thunder showers, but the way they pep up the flowers, knock down the dust and make the trails ride oh-so-nice the next morning is pretty cool.  If you’re over the summer heat and drudgery in your neck of the woods, make plans to come to Crested Butte next weekend—it’s the height of summer and gorgeous!  I hope your re-entry to the workweek is going smoothly and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Crested Butte is Ready for the Weekend!

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Hi All and Happy Friday!  Today’s shot is looking across the Town Ranch at Crested Butte, with Paradise Divide in the background.  We’re under clear, blue skies this morning, with a fifty-percent chance of heavy rain this afternoon.  While we saw rain showers (some of them heavy) yesterday, much of the day was warm and sunny—great for getting out biking or hiking in the high country.

Don’t forget that this evening is another Pedal & Groove installment at Crested Butte Mountain Resort!  From 4:30 to 7:00, the Red Lady Express Lift is free for bikers, hikers and scenic riders (you still have to stop by the ticket office and get a ticket, though).  When you’re done playing, enjoy a refreshing beverage, dinner specials and live music from the Salem Band on the Butte 66 deck.  The Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival, Cattlemen’s Days and the Wildflower Festival are running through the weekend, as well. And, of course, Crested Butte and the Gunnison Country have all of the biking, jeeping, motorcycling, hiking, fishing, camping, climbing, golfing and beautiful days of summer that a person could want, so come on up and check it out.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

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