Rocky Mountain High


Lee's BMW R1150RT and Terri's Ducati MonsterTerri and I took a ride up to Rocky Mountain National Park on the motorcycles last weekend and were joined in the ride by our new friends Mike and Janet. The aspen trees were just starting to turn and the elk and big horn sheep were out in large numbers (but so were the people 😉

Long's Peak as Viewed from Bear Lake

It was a little chilly, but still good mountain riding weather. Maybe we’ll have more this weekend too. I’ll keep riding into November, weather permitting.

I hear about cool things on the Internet all the time. Usually, I wait until I hear about it 3 times in succession because otherwise, I’d be spending all my time on the Internet checking things out. Over the past month, I’ve been using Google Earth, which is a downloadable free application that lets you ‘fly over’ anywhere you like on Earth. It’s a truly stunning program. I use it to check out places where I’ve been and places I’m about to visit, or would like to visit. For example, I’ll be going to Taiwan soon. I can just type in “Taipei, Taiwan” into Google Earth, and it flies me there like I’m in a rocket in just a few seconds. You get to see the countries you’re flying over, the curvature of the earth and get a real sense of distance. Then, when you arrive, you can ‘get your bearings’ and see what the city looks like from the air. You can click the scroll wheel of your mouse and get a 3D view of mountains, buildings, roads (with names), rivers, landmarks, etc. and it’s almost like being there. You can pan and zoom effortlessly. I highly recommend you download it and try it. It requires a high speed Internet connection, because the maps are stored on Google’s servers but it retreives them very quickly.

Last time I blogged about my friend JD’s cornmaze. Well, he’s been profiled in the Fort Collins Coloradoan and they wrote up a nice article about him and other corn mazes in the Northern Colorado region. Terri and I have never been in a corn maze. Maybe we’ll have to check one out this year.

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