Double Avalanche in Ophir, Colorado

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Helicopters were sent up this morning to do control work (intentionally trigger avalanches) so as work crews can begin to move in and clear away the snow / debris that had crossed the road yesterday as a result of a natural slide. In this video, you can see a double avalanche. Here are a couple other triggered avalanche slides:

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Mushrooms Near Telluride: Amanita muscaria

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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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Phish in Telluride 2010

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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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