June 25th = Tube To Work Day on Boulder Creek

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As you probably know, Boulder is pretty big on redefining “alternative”. Alternative energy, alternative transportation, alternative education, alternative healing, alternative eating, alternative exercise…alternative alternative. And as much as we love redefining it, we LOVE putting it out there for the world to see… usually with a tiny hint of “better than you”. And I can’t lie. I’m right there with my community when it comes to flaunting the privilege to be weird.

Tube To Work Day on Boulder Creek

Joel Haertling prepares for his commute to his job at the Boulder Public Library on Tube to Work Day on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Boulder, Colo. Photo: The Daily Camera, Paul Aiken

Now within Boulder’s drive to be alternative to the rest of the world comes another, very interesting, level of, shall we call it, “a little friendly competition of consciousness” where we strive to out-alternative each other…

Tube To Work Day

Jeff Kagan hurtles down the first rapid on Tube to Work Day on Tuesday June 25, 2013.
Photo by Paul Aiken

Meet, Tube To Work day. Boulder’s alternative to Boulder’s own Bike To Work day. Only in Boulder.

And I love it!

Ten years ago this week…

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Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our motorcycle trip to South America.

On Berthoud Pass in Colorado celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our motorcycle trip through North and South America.

On June 17, 2003, Chris and I locked up our homes in Atlanta and set off on an 8 month motorcycle adventure of a lifetime. This week, to commemorate the accomplishment (and to put a little fuel on our wanderlust), we put some grease under Breezy’s skirt and pulled out the bikes for an epic ride through our beloved Colorado Rockies. It was a beautiful day that brought back so many of the amazing memories Chris and I made together ten years ago.


Some of what we have done has already been forgotten but I clearly remember Tuesday June 17, 2003 because it was the morning we left. Walking out the door was very difficult but within minutes the distractions of being on the road took over and the trip had begun. Yes there are still tears and I miss my family dearly but looking back I can’t understand why it was so difficult to get it together. What sounded crazy a year ago now makes perfect sense.

Check in when you can and drop us a line to let us know what you think.

-Chris and Spice
Meet Breezy, a KLR 650 with the attitude of an eleven year old b*tch. Excuse the crazy hair, on this particular morning we had been on a ferry in pretty rough seas for over 5 hours. I was gearing up for a pretty aggressive departure from the boat (crashing waves on a small cement ramp while the boat kept washing away from the ramp... Breezy decided not to start when it was our turn to unload. Chris' bike is behind Breezy with the yellow bag.

Meet Breezy, a KLR 650 with the attitude of an eleven year old b*tch. Excuse the crazy hair, we spent the night on this ferry and it was pretty rough seas…we also had to sleep in our clothes. At this particular moment I was freaking out because we were having to unload via a narrow cement ramp that kept disappearing as the boat listed to and from in the crashing waves. Needless to say (to those who followed our trip), Breezy decided not to start when it was our turn to unload, sending my nerves to DEF CON 1. She looks huge in this photo but if you look closely you’ll see that Chris’ bike is behind Breezy.

Today (6/21/2013) I want to introduce you to Breezy. From here I was thinking I’ll repost all of our “website updates” – because blogs didn’t exist at the time – from the actual trip.  You’ll have to forgive the simplicity of it all, website technology was pretty new and cyber opportunities were pretty limited after we left the states.

Until next time here are a few photos from the trip – enjoy!

Spice Jones, KLR 650, Honduras

Aug, 2003. This is at the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. These little guys go to school in the afternoon so that they can sell their mothers’ baked goods in the morning. After the initial shock of seeing a woman on a motorcycle they finally gathered enough courage to start asking questions about the war with Iraq. They thought the fighting was taking place in North America and they were curious to know if we had seen any “war” while on the road.

Spice Jones riding in Patagonia on her KLR 650

December, 2003. This is in the northern part of Patagonia on the Chilean side of South America. Breathtaking!

This is in southern Argentina. The trees in this area were burned down in the late 40's to make room for thousands of Germans leaving Germany after the war. It was a wonderful little crossroads so we decided to stop for lunch.

Dec 2003, southern Argentina. The trees in this area were burned down in the late 40′s to make room for thousands of Germans leaving Germany after the war. It was a precious little crossroads of laundry hanging on the lines and horses grazing in the yards. We decided it was the perfect stop for our daily picnic.

More to come!

Colorado wildfires- please send prayers to our beautiful state

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Only two weeks into the wildfire season and Colorado is already seeing record destruction through three major fires. The most devastating one being the Black Forest Fire currently burning just north of Colorado Springs. Over 350 homes have been lost since Monday afternoon and the 15,700 acre fire is only 5% contained.

*Please consider sending some support – links at the bottom of my post.

I’m posting this glimpse of goodness to let everyone know that your prayers are working. Don’t stop sending your love and support, precious moments of healing are happening because of you.

Baby deer rescued from Black Forrest Fire

Dylan James Manson (I’m guessing he’s 12, maybe 15? They keep getting younger!) holds a fawn he rescued from the Black Forest Fire. Be sure to send some extra love directly to the firefighters – they really are an amazing group of people. Photo via KKTV

We keep getting calls from family and friends asking about our own safety. So far Boulder has been spared from any flames coming over the mountains. Occasionally we get a whiff of smoke from the Big Meadow Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park (333 acres / 30% contained) but the chances of these fires reaching our area are very slim. At the same time the identical weather conditions still exist along the entire Front Range so Boulder is definitely on high alert. Our mountain community has had a rough couple of years due to fires and as a result this time of year is always very emotional.

Spice Jones, left, gives Melanie Pray, a firefighter with the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, an emotional hug Sunday on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder during a parade to thank the local crews that fought the Fourmile Canyon fire. ( Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post )

“Spice Jones, left, gives Melanie Pray, a firefighter with the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, an emotional hug Sunday on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder during a parade to thank the local crews that fought the Fourmile Canyon fire. ( Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post -2010)”

I’m so proud of this photo. It was so emotional to see my good friend, Lily, who had been fighting the Fourmile Canyon fire for weeks on end. The tears are re-welling up as I type. During the fire she stopped coming home and was sleeping under the rescue trucks so that time wouldn’t be wasted on traveling between shifts. Her own house had been evacuated but she stayed on the line instead of returning to gather her things…as did all of our local firefighters. There were times when we could see the flames from the house. Charred debris still shows up in the garden. Sadly 163 Boulder homes were lost in Gold Hill. But it would have been much worse if it weren’t for Lily and the rest of our local heroes. There’s a code among firefighters that says you have to host an ice-cream party at the firehouse every time you get your photo in the paper. It was a great party!

Please consider donating to the Colorado wildfires and the Black Forest Wildfire.

Wild Fire Tees.

Wild Fire Tees (many more designs at http://www.wildfiretees.com/ )100% of the profits go to the wildfire effort. Chris loves all three of his!

Help Colorado Now is another great place to learn how to make your compassion deliver the most impact.

The American Red Cross in Denver

Care and Share Food Bank in Southern Colorado

The Humane Society Of The Pikes Peak Region

And of course the most important thing is to keep sending your prayers.

Thank you!

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