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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:16 PM   #1081
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That's awesome MoC. The marble quarry is cool! So they just left the marble sitting where it was when they shut it down?

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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:50 PM   #1082
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You close to Estes Park? We really enjoyed the Stanley Hotel. Where they filmed Stephen King's "The Shining"!

Nice pics!

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Unread 07-29-2012, 11:41 PM   #1083
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That's awesome MoC. The marble quarry is cool! So they just left the marble sitting where it was when they shut it down?
They actually still mine out the quary on a small scale, started back with 10-15 workers a little while ago. The old mill site was mostly torn down in 1943. I guess the smaller pieces were not worth anything to them and they were everywhere. Wish I had more pictures of the old mill site. My dad and I left jenn, my mom, and the kids and went exploring for 40 min and jenn had the camera.

Did some more reading and found out the marble from the tomb of the unknown, Lincoln memorial and many other places all got their marble from here. Found a list online that had every building built with marble from their and turns out there is even a building back home in Shreveport built from it.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 11:42 PM   #1084
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You close to Estes Park? We really enjoyed the Stanley Hotel. Where they filmed Stephen King's "The Shining"!

Nice pics!

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Had to mapquest it and it is about 6 hours away by Denver.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #1085
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Some pic's from today of driving in, a quick hike, the condo, and around town.


Is this in Aspen? If so then just to your right is Wagner Park, home of the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club. I spent a summer there during college playing for the Gents and working construction. Best summer of my life.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #1086
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Yes sir that is Wagner Park, good eye!
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Unread 07-30-2012, 03:41 PM   #1087
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Looks like you guys are having a great time MoC! What altitude is Aspen and can you feel it? Being a sea-level guy going to CO has always kicked my butt. At 10-12K I am useless. I can feel it the second I step off a plane in Denver and thats only 5K.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 05:03 PM   #1088
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Looks like you guys are having a great time MoC! What altitude is Aspen and can you feel it? Being a sea-level guy going to CO has always kicked my butt. At 10-12K I am useless. I can feel it the second I step off a plane in Denver and thats only 5K.
Maybe it's the sudden change in altitude, I'm only at 650' ASL, and smoke too. It's only at 12k plus I notice a change.

I did drive there ( 5 times) so its a gradual change.

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Unread 07-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #1089
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Aspen is around 7908. The top of Independence Pass it around 13000 IIRC. No issues on my part from the elevation.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 09:50 PM   #1090
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Picked up 2 JK's this morning.



Both were 2012's with 1500ish miles. I have to say I was impressed with their off road ability but was disappointed with them in town and on the highway. Pickup was lacking. They just seemed like cars and not jeeps. So much plastic and electronics. I would never buy one, just not practical for us. Rear seats were a pain to access to buckle kiddos up, cant imagine ever driving one on a road trip, could not use one for my job need a pickup.

Make two different rides. Started off at Lincoln creek and road about 10 miles in.



















Glad I brought my tow rope and come alone with us from home. Came across a lady who decided she could go no further, tried to turn around on the trail, and stuck it. We picked her up about 3 miles away from where she got stuck. Was by herself in a Honda Element.



After Lincoln we headed up Ajax / Aspen mountain. Went up around 4000 feet in 3.5 miles. It was pretty steep all the way up.







Acting silly on the Just Joking



Hiking tomorrow. Heading to the grotto's / ice caves.

Nite all

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Unread 07-31-2012, 03:49 AM   #1091
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MoC I thought you were kidding but the Wall Mart genes really show up in the last picture
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Unread 07-31-2012, 06:27 AM   #1092
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MoC,

Thanks for picking our state to spend your vacation money.

The summer fires have devastated our tourism industry this year. Even though the total acreage burned was a pimple on the state's a$$, whenever our fires hit the national news, tourism takes a beating.

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Unread 07-31-2012, 06:52 AM   #1093
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Looks like a great time, unless your in a Honda. And your wife drove herself, that's cool. So does she want you to build her a Jeep? Kind of a cross between a DD and trail Jeep. I'll bet the kids had a great time, I can see you did!

Great pictures, thanks MoC.

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Unread 07-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #1094
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MoC,

Thanks for picking our state to spend your vacation money.

The summer fires have devastated our tourism industry this year. Even though the total acreage burned was a pimple on the state's a$$, whenever our fires hit the national news, tourism takes a beating.

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Matt I have always loved it here. Hoping one day to move to a smallish to small mountain town like Carbondale or Leadville.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 08:36 AM   #1095
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MoC I thought you were kidding but the Wall Mart genes really show up in the last picture
Not Wal Mart genes George. I asked a friend of mine one time, and he knows everything, and he says those hand signals like that mean "I love you" in Polinesian. Mocs just got multicultural in his genes and probably don't even know it. That makes him even more refied than we thought!

Glad to hear you're not jumpin ship on us Moc and getting a JK. Looks like you all are enjoying the vacation and I'm sure enjoying the pictures. Thanks!!
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