Archive | June, 2013

just another day in the ‘hood.

27 Jun

just another day in the 'hood.

My people come to town this weekend and I could not be more pumped for a couple of days of showing off the ‘hood and all that comes along with life in the high country. The weekend cannot get here soon enough.


good history gone bad.

26 Jun
I live in a fabulous place. A place where incredible hikes, beautiful mountains, a rough and tumble history, and good people pave the way for a fantastic quality of life.
The last few weeks have been c-r-a-z-y with a capital “C”, but I finally had a day off (two actually…hooray!) to get out and embrace the great outdoors. Monday was spent bombing around Peru Creek, “off-roading” in Lady Liberty, and exploring the remnants of the old Pennsylvania Mine.
Located along a Peru Creek jeep trail, the Pennsylvania Mine operated from the 1870s to the early 19th century, with men from all over the country moving west to mine for gold, silver, and a variety of other metals. While the mine’s heyday ended in the early 19th century, a wide variety of buildings and artifacts from that period are still in existence. 4-wheelers, jeeps, and avid hikers are frequent visitors to the area, as the skeletons of the buildings, cars, pulley systems, and boilers can easily be considered to be engineering marvels.
Unfortunately while the old Pennsylvania Mine is spectacular example of how mines operated in the Wild West, its continued existence is wreaking havoc on local rivers. For the last century or so, the mine has been spewing toxic chemicals into the Snake River and Peru Creek. The issue is that the Snake is a tributary that empties into the Dillon Reservoir, a major water supply for the Front Range. These chemicals which include aluminum, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, manganese and zinc, can cause major health problems in humans and animals.
That said, EPA has passed a bill allowing for engineers to come in to shut off the source of the pollution. The clean-up is expected to take two to three years and is estimated to cost $3 million. From what I understand, it seems that ground water will be caught and redirected above the mine site so that it does not move through the contaminated portions of the mine. From there, these contaminated portions will be sealed.
It will be interesting to watch the progress from start to finish. In the meantime if you’re in the area, get your booty up to the Pennsylvania Mine and catch a glimpse of Colorado’s rich mining history.

take your dog to work day.

25 Jun

take your dog to work day.

$2.99 steaks?!

25 Jun
I know I am not quite a local (it’s been said you’re a local after 3 years…), but I have no qualms against taking advantage of “locals night” deals at area eateries and adventure outlets. That said when The Historic Mint Steakhouse advertised their infamous $2.99 steak night (yes, you read that right…$2.99 steaks) on the back of the Summit Daily, I made sure to clear my schedule for the evening so as to take advantage of a thick, juicy cut of meat, buttery texas toast, and rich, creamy garlic mashed potatoes. 
The Mint is a breed of its own. Coming from Chicago, I am a meateater through and through. But generally when dining out at a steakhouse in the city, you expect to order off a menu, explain to the server how you would like it prepared, the meal is then cooked and brought to your table, where you dig in or, if you are an ornery eater and the meat is not prepared they way you ordered it, you send it back. 
You see, The Mint puts the onus on the patron. Rather than ordering from a menu and through a server; you are sent to the butcher counter where you select the meat of your choice. Once you’ve made your selection from the display of filets, bone-in strips, chicken breasts, shrimp, and scallops, you make your way over to the Lava Rock Grill and season and cook your food the way YOU like it. No complaints to your server, no disappointment when it comes to service, and if you’re me, a serious sense of accomplishment because your steak was seared just the way you like it–juicy and red. Perfection.
At The Mint, no-frills is the name of the game. A building that has been in use since 1862, as a brothel and now as a restaurant, part of The Mint’s charm is that it feels as if neither the building, nor the business has changed since its origins. You go, you order, you grill, you enjoy, and when all is said and done, you head home with a happy tummy.


22 Jun

When life leaves you high and dry
I’ll be at your door tonight
If you need help, if you need help.
I’ll shut down the city lights,
I’ll lie, cheat, I’ll beg and bribe
To make you well, to make you well.

When enemies are at your door
I’ll carry you away from war
If you need help, if you need help.
Your hope dangling by a string
I’ll share in your suffering
To make you well, to make you well.

Cutey, thanks for being my hero and my inspiration.


one lucky chick.

21 Jun

one lucky chick.

summer ’12/summer ’13


my main men.

15 Jun

my main men.

Happy Father’s Day to the men that taught me to love with all I’ve got, that the crust on the PBJ sandwiches makes your hair curly, that cookies for breakfast is good for the soul, and that keeping up with the boys is much more fun when you are wearing pink. Dad, Papa, and Dampa, so lucky to have you in my life. I love you.

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