Mushrooms Near Telluride: Amanita muscaria

I'm not sure if it's the regular and abundant moisture in the area or maybe I'm simply more aware, but it seems that mushrooms in the area have generally been bountiful in numbers this late summer.  Here's a photo of what I believe is an Amanita Muscaria found while hiking on a trail near Ophir, CO:

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Telluride: A National Historic District: The National Park That Never Was

I wonder when the Heritage Festival will start showcasing Telluride's "real estate boom" as a significant part of the town's historical record? Perhaps in addition to demonstrations on mining, stage coach rides, livestock, etc., one day there'll be booths with old realtors telling their tales of how it was just one giant unspoken relay race which had an effect on many aspects of life in and around town. "We used to be on all the governing boards, had columns or regular commentaries running in the papers, of course the dark smokey rooms where winks and nods with our favored politicians ruled the day." Of course it wasn't all serious business, "Most of us had given each other fun nicknames - the tourists really fell for some of those". Getting back to the present…

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Telluride Ski Area Pizza Recommendation From A Local

Do not stop for a slice of pizza at the Crazy Elk in the Telluride Mountain Village, it is grossly overpriced in my opinion. A slice of cheese will set you back $4.50 and a veggie or meat slice will be a cool six bucks! I can't remember the language used on the menu, but they called the slices "crazy big". I haven't been to NYC in a number of years, but not long enough to forget what an "average sized NYC slice" is proportioned & the Crazy Elk pizza slice is probably at least 20% less in size. It's actually not bad pizza, but it was infuriating to see that they'd raised the price to $6 for a slice. I had a strange feeling that I should ask how much it costs…

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Pretty Lights In Telluride

I saw Pretty Lights at the Telluride Mountain Village Conference Center this weekend. It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but it was still fun. Mostly a younger crowd, many of whom were visiting from out of town, I barely saw any of the usual locals suspects who see live music on a regular basis around town.   Speaking of which, there really hasn't been a lot of live music lately ... which is a shame given that many bands will visit Colorado mountain towns yet Telluride seems to get skipped a lot. I believe Pretty Lights is the only show which was booked at the conference center between now and the recently announced Leftover Salmon show on February 25, 2011 ... which you can still get tickets at:  

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Phish in Telluride 2010

Phish took the stage in Telluride Town Park on August 9th and 10th for what was a very memorable set of shows. The band seemed to be in excellent form and was one of the more sought after tickets on the summer tour. Tickets were being scalped on the street for upwards of a few hundred dollars per ticket; however, there was not the major crowds of ticketless phans which people had feared might show up and overwhelm the town. Given that the past few weeks have been VERY rainy, it was amazing to see the weather as almost perfect with clear skies and zero precipitation. The highlights for me were the covers: Quinn The Eskimo, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, A Day In The Life, and Walk Away, but also liked…

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Baked In Telluride: Close Up Of Fire Debris

Here are a couple pictures of the aftermath of the Baked In Telluride fire I've been meaning to post. While it's great to hear Jerry Greene (owner) planning for the future, it is still sad to see the old building go. You can click on photos to see full size.    

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Telluride Airport (TEX) – June 27, 1997

  I was digging through some old photos of Telluride and came across this one of the Telluride Airport (TEX), taken on June 27, 1997 with a very old Olympus digital camera. In fact, it was my first digital camera ... which I believe had a 2/3 (that's two thirds) megapixel sensor. The airport at Telluride has been a subject in the newspapers recently ... since an intermediate renovation phase was recently completed. I believe that after the third and final phase is complete, there will have been over $55 million spent on the project ... which improves it's FAA rating & allows a larger commercial aircraft to land at TEX (the airport in Telluride). It's but one piece of what some view as a puzzle to "grow Telluride" by increasing capacity and…

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The Solstice In Telluride

I always consider the winter solstice a very pivotal mark in time. The longer days and more direct sunlight are much welcomed. You can see in the photo below (taken at about 2:50 MST), the sunlight is just barely visible on the upper portion of the building to the left:   In the middle of summer, you can be sitting on the bench in town and receiving direct sunlight well into the evening. While we'll definitely see cold and snowy days well into May in Telluride (especially in Ophir), there's something about having passed the winter solstice which makes me feel optimistic. For whatever reason, December 22 is somehow seems to be "moving forward" while December 20 it on a downslope. I suppose the trick is still being able to live each day…

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Happy 4th of July in Telluride

Thousands of visitors have descended upon Telluride for the Fourth of July celebration and are enjoying weather which finally resembles summer! Here's a shot of a lemonade stand at the Telluride Farmer's market on July 3rd:   Fireworks are scheduled to begin later on this evening after dark ... always a great show in the box canyon of Telluride.  

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