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24-28 May 2019: Western Slope Fun

Rocky Mountain Regional IDPA

Part I: Archangel Rocky Mountain Regional IDPA Match

I made of video of some of the stages. CO State Match. I shot a CZ Custom 75 B in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division and am classified as Sharpshooter (SS). I was middle of the pack.

This is another match at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex. My first was last year's IDPA State Championships where I shot my CZ Custom CZ 75. I did okay but nothing to brag about. This time I have another gun with very little trigger time, my new Glock 34 MOS, which I'll be shooting in the Carry Optic division. I did horrible in the classifier fishing around for the dot and only classed Marksman so chances are good I'll rank pretty high. It should be a fun match spread over two days.

UPDATE: Not my best showing! My shooting was okay but I really lost a lot of points making some unfortunate errors. I'm not sure if I have anything worth uploading or not.

Grand Mesa

Part II: Grand Mesa

Not too sure what I am doing for my first visit to Grand Mesa. I do have a fishing license and it is supposed to be good for that. And there is some sort of crest trail that gets high reviews. It is also going to be a heavily used holiday weekend so I might just try and find a quiet spot. I'm not driving back until Tuesday so at least I will avoid the traffic.

The Grand Mesa in Colorado is known as the largest flattop mountain in the world, encompassing hundreds of square miles and standing more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The Mesa Scenic Byway winds through 63 miles of the national forest, providing beautiful views of the park’s lakes, wildlife and geological features. The park, a short drive east of Grand Junction, Colorado, is a popular destination for fishing, camping, hiking and more during the summer months. In the winter, Grand Mesa, which is home to Powderhorn Mountain Resort, offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. Looking for the perfect high alpine hike to cool off in the summer or perhaps to view fall colors? Try the Crag Crest Trail.

UPDATE: LOL. Well it was too snowy to do much of anything atop the mountain. I didn't have skis or anything with me so after visititng the Visitor Center I took their advice and went back down. I camped again near Cameo and had some good beer and cooked on the fire. The next day I visited Rifle Falls state park and wow that is a hidden gem. I've got some photos to upload.

May 2019: GSSF Indoor Match

Glock 34 MOS FS

This month is the 3-Thursday indoor Glock Sport Shooting Foundation match. Wish me luck. I've decided to shoot Unlimited Division using the G34 MOS FS that I won last summer in the outdoor GSSF match in Weld County. I have it outfitted with a Holosun red dot sight. It is the same setup I used to classify in IDPA Carry Optic division and plan on using in the Rocky Mountain Regional IDPA match later in the month.

  1. May 09: 468/500
  2. May 16: 488/500
  3. May 23: ???/500

28 April: Foraging

How cute. I found this little guy while in a Denver park looking for wild edibles. It's been years since I caught a snake.

10-11 April 2019:

SAR-ES to the rescue

MISSION: Blizzard Preparedness & Response

WHERE: Anywhere 1-3 hours from Denver
WHEN: Wed & Thu, April 10 & 11
WHO: SAR-ES Members Only at this time

My first SAR ES mission. I've been part of the 4x4 Rescue and Recovery sister organization, SAR-ES. That's Search and Rescue Emergency Support. The philosophy is that the org mostly supports existing search and rescue groups when they need but might not have a fleet of built offroad vehicles. We are a state badged SAR group. It probably wasn't envisioned but during blizzard events in the plains of eastern Colorado we have been helping out by delivering medical professionals to hospitals and checking/rescuign stranded motorists on the highway. This time it was my turn to participate and my team of two was sent to Julesburg in the absolute NE corner of the state.

I want to call out two of our members who provided exceptional service to this organization and the communities we served on our last SAR-ES deployment. Bryan Lott and Glenn Strouhal filled a last minute and unexpected gap in resources to meet the needs of a community that requested our presence in the farthest northeastern corner of our state. They drove the farthest, stayed the longest, had a difficult drive home hunting for open back roads; and while deployed assisted local law enforcement search for a suicidal party in the middle of a blizzard, and stayed on station ready to help with a medical transport until they were released late into the night. These two exemplify who we are. Thank you both.

20-24 Mar 2019: Big Bend National Park, Texas

A trip to Texas to visit my brother's family with my sister and road trip to Big Bend. Fun!

Splendid Isolation, the Big Bend...

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend...

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