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Evergreen Flooding

Here in Evergreen, we’re extremely fortunate and grateful to not have anywhere near the same damage as other parts of the state. Bear Creek and the dam at Evergreen Lake are definitely high and impressive. You can see that Cactus Jack’s is flooded, especially the back deck. When they open again, we’ll be sure to come down for a burger!

I took these pictures 2 days ago, but when I drove by the same place tonight, it was at least as high and getting higher.

Here’s a video of the high water crashing over  Evergreen Dam covering the island directly below; and some pictures further down.


Grand Canyon Trip: Part Three

Today started out fairly early, as did all of our days on the Canyon. We were told that Spring Break on the South Rim was about as busy as it ever gets and that they can have up to 50,000 people per day there, and there are less than 1000 rooms available. I can’t imagine there’s more than a couple hundred campsites, so, I’m sure a large percentage of visitors are Griswolds.

It’s worth it to get up and out early at the Canyon, mostly to miss the crowds, but also to escape the heat of the day (which wasn’t really a problem this time of year). We were very grateful to miss the crowds and get out as the sun was rising and see things many people miss. When you stay in one of the rim lodges, they deliver the daily USA Today to the door of each room. It’s somewhat interesting to see how late into the morning some papers are still in the hallway in front of the door. I’m somewhat of a night owl usually, but on this type of vacation, it’s worth it to get up early.

Grand Canyon from the South Rim

Grand Canyon from the South Rim

With our down coats and mittens on, we headed down to the shuttle bus, which is about the only way to get out to Hermit’s Rest and the stops along the way by vehicle. We made a couple short stops on the way out, but decided that it would be easier to get out to the end early and then casually make our way back and this was definitely a good decision.

Hermit’s Rest is a nice place to stop, rest, enjoy a cup of coffee, and hang out and enjoy the view for a while. I decided this was a house that I could live in if the opportunity ever arises (I won’t hold my breath).

It was somewhat windy out there and with it being a little chilly, the kids weren’t all that interested in hiking a lot. But, Lynn and I were. So, we sent the kids back on the shuttle bus with the grandparents and Lynn and I kept going. Beyond Hermit’s Rest lies the Hermit Trail which leads down into the canyon on a much less used trail than say, the Bright Angel trail. It’s a really beautiful trail and it’s not to miss if you can help it. It starts out a bit rocky, but then quickly drops off the edge and get’s less rocky and, fortunately, less windy! We didn’t have a lot of time, so we only went down a mile or a little more, but only saw a few people and were treated to some pretty great views, ricks and trail engineering as you’ll see in the slideshow below.

After a snack on a nice overlook, we had to turn around and head back up as we couldn’t count on being away for too long. We hiked back up, our legs remembering the happiness that comes from being on a trail, yet sad that it was a short hike today.

Back up at the top, we hopped on the crowded shuttle as close to a door as we could be since we knew we wanted to get off somewhere and it was crowded and only gonna get more crowded. We rode in silence most of the way, listening to the other conversations that seemed fairly pointless while in this amazing place and fighting the sleepys caused by the sudden stop in activity and the hot bus. We didn’t want to ride it back the entire way so at Hopi Point, we hopped off and cruised the rim trail for the last couple miles back to the rim and the kiddos.

I wasn’t sure what I’d think about the shuttle bus, but ultimately decided that it’s a good thing. There’s just no place for all the cars out there and this seems to be a working solution to get out there. Of course, you can walk or ride a bike and they do make exceptions for the handicapped so all in all, I think it’s a good part of the park management plan.

Dinner that night was at the Bright Angel Lodge which I would only recommend if there was nothing else. It wasn’t very good. The service was poor, the food was sub-par and it was too expensive. It’s hard to believe that this restaurant is run by the same company as the Arizona Room and the El Tovar. Xanterra really needs to do something to bring the quality up here.

In Part Four, we head the other way to Desert View and the Watchtower.

How Social Media Marketing can be fresh every day

I’ve heard people say that they never have anything to talk about with regards to marketing their websites or products. That it’s always the same thing day after day and there’s never anything to talk about and that they’re too busy to see beyond the day to day activities that keep them busy.

I would disagree with this.  And here’s why.

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Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado

Many years ago I was a river guide on the most popular stretch of river in the US – Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas river in Buena Vista.  I guided that river every day for almost 10 years.  About year 4, I got bored with floating the same stretch of 8-12 miles every day (many times twice a day!).  One day I decided that I was going to look for something new on the river every day to see what I could find.  I quickly discovered that there was sooooo much more going on under my nose than I had EVER imagined!  I saw ruins of old buildings, waterfalls, plants, birds, rock formations, rapids, etc.  And in doing this, I was able to share much more of the natural history with my friends and passengers that I was able to get to know my passengers better and greatly enhance their trip in ways I had never imagined.

As a side result, I became a better boater too.

This is Social Media Marketing.  Noticing new things every day and being able to talk about them in one social way or another.  Whether you use a blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or some other avenue of communication, you can be social.  Find something you’re passionate about and share it – regularly.

How Bad Are Water Bottles, Really?

Jackson Browne rants to blogger Beth Terry of Fake Plastic Fish about bottled water after the screening of the film Tapped organized by the Plastic Pollution Coalition. He says bottled water is “inconvenient” and compares albatross chicks that starve from eating plastic to our society in which we are starving for “real food and real information.” Jackson also talks about how he carries his own reusable water bottle through airport security and brings his own water cooler on tour to avoid plastic water bottles.

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