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The Middle Fork Swan Trail June 27, 2007

Posted by Michael in Personal Experiences.

This is the jeep trail along the Middle Fork of the Swan River, which is to the right of my SUV in most of these pictures. It’s another 100-year-old abandoned mining road, of which Colorado has a zillion.

Here we are ascending through the alpine forest. At the moment, all I can see is sky and treetops. I hate that.


Above the tree line, the views were awesome.


A little later, however, I realized that the trail in front of me represented about a 90% risk of massive damage to the undercarriage of my car.


I paused to contemplate my situation. Backing down that steep grade, with a very loose surface, was kinda scary also. The car was going to slip some in reverse. I meditated on some mountain wildflowers while I decided what to do.


We laboriously backed down, found a place to turn around, and began our descent.



1. geoff - June 27, 2007

Didn’t realize you were in-state. Let me know if you have some time when you get down to Denver.

2. Michael - June 27, 2007


Already did that. Check your email.

3. kevlarchick - June 27, 2007

Party at geoff’s!

4. Dave in Texas - June 27, 2007

I’m so there.

5. geoff - June 27, 2007

So it’s finally all arranged, though the odds of having a nonreligious discussion appear to be pretty slim.

Michael: There is a God!

Andy: There is no God!

Geoff: That waitress sure is taking her time!

We’re renovating the upper floors of our house. If we ever finish, a real party would be fun.

6. Not Geoff - June 27, 2007

Yep, gonna put a new frame on the John Denver poster.


7. sandy burger - June 28, 2007

Who’s Andy?

8. Wickedpinto - June 28, 2007

He’s the guy who don’t talk much while “sleeping” in the trunk.

The less you ask, the better things will be.

9. geoff - June 28, 2007

Who’s Andy?

He’s the proprietor of World Wide Rant, which is on the IB blogroll.

10. skinbad - June 28, 2007

Does Mrs. Michael get to ride sometimes?

11. lauraw - June 28, 2007

Very pretty countryside.

12. BrewFan - June 28, 2007

He makes Mrs. Michael scout the trail so he doesn’t scratch up the Explorer.

13. compos mentis - June 28, 2007

Cool pics Michael. Beautiful scenery.

14. Dave in Texas - June 28, 2007

You should take me on your next vacation Michael.

I’m a good conversationalist.

“Hey, look at that rock”!

15. Retired Geezer - June 28, 2007

Yeah, Dave could take over Mrs. Michael’s trail scouting / snake finding duties.

16. lauraw - June 28, 2007

Hey, Geezer, that reminds me; any new bruises on the wife?

17. eddiebear - June 28, 2007

And somebody needs to hold the paraffin kit.

18. Retired Geezer - June 28, 2007

Hey, Geezer, that reminds me; any new bruises on the wife?

LauraW, you must be Psycho Psychic.
She was helping hold a horse (not ours) for the farrier and another horse bit her on the back.
“Oh, good, I can post a picture on the blog” I laughed.

Actually it didn’t turn out to be very bad looking so I didn’t bother.

19. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

they have snakes in Colorado?

well eff that.

20. BrewFan - June 28, 2007

Dave could also lick the salt of Michael’s Explorer.

21. BrewFan - June 28, 2007

of = off


22. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

I don’t care what he calls it, I ain’t lickin it.

23. lauraw - June 28, 2007

Gee, Geezer, I’m not sure that’s the best response when somebody gets hurt.
‘Yaayy! Let me get the camera!’

24. mesablue - June 28, 2007

Back biters!

25. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

OT, cloture vote failed on the immigration bill. It ain’t the war, but it’s a nice battlefield victory.

26. eddiebear - June 28, 2007


Yup. And sadly, my own state’s Last Call Bond seems to have still sided with the AG Lobby by voting for cloture.

27. Retired Geezer - June 28, 2007

‘Yaayy! Let me get the camera!’

Actually she just showed it to me and it’s blooming quite nicely badly.

Mrs. Geezer’s horse bite.

28. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

oooo… kinda racy there RG. NTTAWWT.

a stupid horse bit me in the tit once.


29. Sobek - June 28, 2007

“OT, cloture vote failed…”


30. lauraw - June 28, 2007


What in the world?? Did he just walk up and try to cut her in half?

That horse needs a firm clout to the lips. With a a shovel.

31. Retired Geezer - June 28, 2007

That horse needs a firm clout to the lips. With a a shovel.

And she would have done it too if she could have figured out which horse bit her.
There were two horses behind her and either one of them could have done it.

32. Sobek - June 28, 2007

That was their plan all along, Geezer. Next you’ll catch them whispering “Four legs good; two legs bad!”

33. kevlarchick - June 28, 2007

Good god! That bite is heinous. Horses have big mouths, the bastards.

34. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

TWO horseys?

Sneaky bastards.

35. PattyAnn - June 28, 2007

I hope one of them was not a Pinto.
Poor Mrs. R. G. And she has a lovely back. Horse bite to me sounds like a good excuse to never wear a bra again.

36. Lipstick - June 28, 2007

Holy crap!

You can practically tell the horse’s age from that bite!

37. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

You know why they tell you “never look a gift horse in the mouth”?

Cause he’ll bite you, that’s why!

38. Michael - June 28, 2007

Suddenly I feel like biting someone.

*Looks around for Mrs. Michael*

39. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

I told geoff to be sure and tell Mrs. Michael hi from Dave!

40. andy - June 28, 2007

Who’s Andy?

That be me.

Michael and Mrs. Michael, great to meet you, glad we could finally meet face to face (look for ever frequent Gentran support requests coming your way!).

Geoff – thanks for picking up the tab. You’re a gentleman and a guy who picks up bar tabs. Let me know when Ultimate is on and I’ll bring some beer.

Waitress – thank you for being so blessed. Amen. They almost made me a believer.

41. Michael - June 28, 2007

Here’s my review of the Andy/Geoff/Michael/Mrs. Michael Denver Blogger Summit:

Andy: Nice Guy. Interesting to talk to.

Geoff: Nice guy. Interesting to talk to. Picked up the tab.

Waitress: Awesome!!!

42. Michael - June 28, 2007

Geoff is one of those guys, by the way, who starts talking after three beers. He starts saying stuff without considering the consequences during the next flame war.

Yeah, Geoff, I made notes in the parking lot before I drove away. I’m just biding my time now, waiting for you to dump on me about the immigration issue or something. Just sayin’.

43. Mrs. Peel - June 28, 2007

*sulks* I want geoff to have a drink with me. And Dave in Texas drove within 10 miles of my house last year. 😦 You guys suck.

Of course, I’m not that far away from donning adult diapers and going for an extended road trip, so maybe y’all are wise.

44. andy - June 28, 2007

A few photos are up over here.

45. eddiebear - June 29, 2007

Just as an aside, if anybody comes through STL, lemme know. You know how to get ahold of me.

46. eddiebear - June 29, 2007

^and before the smartypants comments pour in, I meant via email.

Damn. I need sleep.

47. Retired Geezer - June 29, 2007

Yeah, and if anyone comes through Boise…
Wait a minute, who am I kidding?

Well, you know what to do.

48. geoff - June 29, 2007

My report is also up.

49. Dave in Texas - June 29, 2007

Mrs. Peel, I thought we both agreed not to bring up that little alking-stay ing-thay.

50. geoff - June 29, 2007

Geoff is one of those guys, by the way, who starts talking after three beers.

Geoff is one of those guys who ought to really keep much closer track of the size of the beers he’s drinking.

51. daveintexas - June 29, 2007

I saw those beers over at Andy’s blog. Those were f’n’ ginormous.

I want a cold beer or three.

52. eddiebear - June 29, 2007

That’s just a warm up in my neck of the woods.

53. geoff - June 29, 2007

…but the mugs were so pretty…

54. daveintexas - June 29, 2007

You must be referring to the waitress now.

I agree, they were.

55. Retired Geezer - July 31, 2008

Sobek said Next you’ll catch them whispering “Four legs good; two legs bad!”

Dude, I just caught that. Do you play Guild Wars?

56. Mr Minority - July 31, 2008

Dude, I just caught that.

Taking a year isn’t too bad for someone living in Spudland.

57. BrewFan - July 31, 2008

Guild Wars? Isn’t that a quote from Animal Farm? Why yes it is!

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