Monday, June 21, 2010

"To Hell You Ride"

If you were a miner in the late 1800's Telluride, Coloardo may very well have seemed like hell. However, for the bluegrass loving aficionado of the 21st century Telluride is heaven on earth. Kate and I just got back from 5 days in lovely San Miguel County Colorado. The week was one of the most relaxing, entertaining, awe inspiring I've had in a good long while. I could drone on in words for quite a while but figure images might better convey the message.
Before that I will just add the following tidbits of wisdom learned from the week at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival:
  • There is no such thing as too much shit in the car when it comes to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival: bring it all.
  • 2 days early is really 3 days late when it comes to choice camp sites.
  • A good festival chair is worth its weight in gold and a bad one will just poke you in the ass all weekend.
  • Sometimes the best show is not on the main stage (the Carolina Chocolate Drops show at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Saturday night was one of the best shows I've ever seen).
  • The Tarp Run is fun but by the afternoon no one cares about your tarp and they'll just come stand on it anyway so save yourself the sleep.
  • Ear plugs are the festivarians best friend.
  • Town Park is the ONLY way to go.
  • And the best advice, particularly to all the amateurs sunburned and passed out by Saturday, its a marathon not a sprint: pace yourself.
And now some pretty (and not so pretty but entertaining) pictures.
We got to 'Town Park' on Tuesday and set up camp.

Wednesday we opted to go for a hike to see some waterfalls.

This is a waterfall with a Kate in front if it lurking in the bushes.
You could walk right up and stand beneath some of the spray. (Note how its falling straight down for Kate)
The wind changed directions for me and I got soaked with snow melt...brrrrr.
We wandered up "Wasatch Trail 508" and came to more falls. Note the cool, sketchy bridge.
Just some random picture of God's Country. You can just make out Telluride below in the distance.
The festival attracted folks from everywhere.
Here's a young man from my home town...he loves Missouri too.
This fellow arrived recently from the Congo.
I have no idea where he's from but he has a way with the ladies.
There was music by fine musicians, like Keller Williams.
And there were many other off-shoot collaborations...yes that is Ed Helms on banjo.
The festival brought together cultures from around the world.
And was not with out some daily exercise in the form of the 'tarp run'
And there were plenty of opportunities for sitting around in camp and hanging out with the locals.

Couldn't have asked for a better week, a better place, better people, better music or better memories...more time on the other hand would have been perfect.

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