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Nicole Reycraft and me
Nicole Reycraft and me

Crested Butte South’s Queen of Coffee

Crested Butte, Colorado, is a small town. Its satellite Crested Butte South, some 7 miles south of Crested Butte, is a really small town. There are three businesses there: a liquor store (thank God for that right?), a general store/gas station/cafe, and Camp 4 Coffee where I’d say you can get the only coffee in town but I expect you can also find a cup over at the general store/gas station/cafe. READ MORE…


Yours truly with Ouray Brewery's BrewMaster Pacie
Yours truly with Ouray Brewery’s BrewMaster Pacie

In July of 2014 I passed through Ouray, Colorado on my see-the-USA-in-an-RV trip. I’d come to the mountains of Colorado to see and photograph the sensational scenery as well as to get away from the often oppressive heat of southern Utah which is common during the warmer months. My last significant destination in Utah had been Capitol Reef National Park, a lesser known but spectacular park. From there I entered Colorado stopping first at Mesa Verde National Park. Next, Durango where I camped at Junction Creek, the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail, and after that Little Molas Lake outside of Silverton where I spent two weeks. After that I was in Ouray which is where I met Pacie.  READ MORE…


 

Greg Tonozzi, Sculptor
Greg Tonozzi has a face with as much character as his personality.

Pulling up a stool at the bar I struck up a conversation with the gent sitting next to me. He claimed it was his birthday, his 68th birthday. I thought maybe he was working me in hopes that I’d buy him a drink. I asked his name and he said “Gregory, Greg Tonozzi”. Tonozzi showed a sense of humor which was dry and wry, and if you weren’t on your toes you might take him seriously when he was anything but. I liked this man. I liked him from the start. When he told me he was a sculptor that lived in town I saw immediately why he chose to live in Marble. It was the marble so readily available there. I asked if I could interview him for a possible article on my blog. He consented and we made plans to meet at his place the following day. READ MORE… 


 

The Cat's Pajamas
The Cat’s Pajama’s thrill the audience at the Music City Centre in Branson, MO. Brian Skinner, producer and the group’s bass and percussion vocalist is second from right.

After arriving in Branson I took a look at the roster of shows in town. I’m sure there must have been 100, maybe more. When I read on TripAdvisor that The Cat’s Pajamas, an a cappella group, was very highly regarded and well reviewed it was for me a slam-dunk choice in terms of shows to see while in town. I have always enjoyed a cappella. Now, having seen the show myself, I can highly recommend it to you. One aspect of my trip is to feed this great hunger I have to become connected to people in the places I visit. It was natural for me, then, to find someone in the group to talk to and upon inquiring I was directed to Brian Skinner. When I asked if he would sit down with me to share a little bit about his story and that of The Cat’s Pajamas he graciously agreed. READ MORE…


Chris: King of the Road
Chris: King of the Road

As I meandered through the lush, green, forested silence, reveling in the fresh, crisp, moist mountain air one finds in forests at 8,000′ in elevation on a gray day after a rain, the peace and quiet of McClure was suddenly broken by a voice from nowhere as if God himself was calling down to me from the heavens. “Hellooooo” it rang out, but from where? “Umm, err… Hello?” I said back, timidly, wondering who I was talking to and where he was. Zzzzzipppp was the next sound I heard and as I spun around in the direction of the sound there he was, opening the zipper of and scrambling out from his tent, not God, at least not as far as I could tell, but rather a mere mortal. “Hi, I’m Chris”, he said. I introduced myself and we began to chat as campers often do with curiosity about each other’s origins and travels. As we talked I became more and more interested in this man’s story and with his permission I recorded our conversation and took a few photos. READ MORE…


 

 

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