Loungers' Monday

Inspired by Matt's Yosemite pictures, I'd like to share a few from last week in the mountains.



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Our first destination was a horse camp in the summer.

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The Ramparts mountain range is a climber's destination.

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Forested valleys stretch out in all directions.  Shaped by the harsh climate, these lodgepole pines are tall and skinny and several hundred years old.

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Out next stop for a couple of nights was an Alpine Club cabin deep in the woods on the shoulder of Outpost Mountain.

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Over the top towards Mount Eremite.

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Lunch stop.  Thankfully, the sun came out and warmed us up!

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Heading back to the cabin after a long and rewarding day.

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Our reward was a glass of wine and hot dinner.  It doesn't get any better Loungers' Monday.
03/23/2009 - 16:49
03/23/2009 - 22:14
WOW Dean heaven definately must look like this. I was born
03/23/2009 - 18:16
at 1400m altitude and spent my younger years at the mountains so the mountains may it be summer or winter really have a special place in my heart Its great to see what you look like too
Mountains are in your blood Alex!
03/23/2009 - 22:14
I know what you mean: ^^=.
These are tremendous photos.........
03/23/2009 - 19:31
Dean this is one incredible trip you are on. The scenery is so majestic in each photo. I am glad you didn't forget  to carry some good one to enjoy the evening in snow country. Keep those photos coming as they are so exciting. Best regards, Matt
Thanks Matt
03/23/2009 - 22:14
I will if you will .
My share of winter fun - Audi driving experience
03/23/2009 - 22:00
A quick trip to Finland over an extended weekend this last weekend (Wednesday through Sunday) for tons of boys fun: driving Audi quattro cars on ice, snow mobile ecapades and helicopter flights! Great and worthwhile experience in Muonio (Lapland-Laponia), Finland - 150 km off the polar circle. Staging and Orientation with an instructor, learning the merits of over and understeering  Audi convoy assembly on its way to the lake getting ready for the race all pepped up for the driving fun driving on ice with ASR and ESP off may be a tough lesson for the driver    Number 11, traktori, please! at a coffee break snowmobile ride as a afternoon attraction   off the main roads Wish you could have been there! Cheers, Radek
Audi + Finland = Heaven
03/23/2009 - 22:33
Wow, great fun!!  Hope the Audi's had Finnish winter tires...Nokian's are the best I've ever used.  I know what you mean about a false sense of security that that AWD and traction control systems give you...I have very fond memories of a 5000 Turbo Quattro that was fast as stink but I put it "in the weeds" driving over my head in bad weather....TWICE!!
Wow, that's a classic, Dean! (nt)
03/24/2009 - 23:40
Wow Radek..................
03/23/2009 - 23:49
what a great boys trip and fun experience. That's got to be so thrilling to have that kind of auto experience. Now I have tons of experience driving in snow where one can have great traction with AWD but how about some serious braking, lol. That's where some learned skills are needed. Now here's the lake I have to hit over on our Colorado golf course from the 9th tee box, which would be perfect to have an Audi experience - all frozen ice now. Thanks for sharing your great photos and weekend of fun! BTW - any complimentary Audi watches for the particpants?   Best regards, Matt
Hey Matt! Whereabouts in Colorado are you? Unfortunately no Audi...
03/24/2009 - 23:54
timekeepers this time... we were equipped with Audi complimentary jackets, gloves and caps. The most thrilling of all was driving the all new S4 - what an amazing, agile engine
This just looks like tons of fun! I could not see what watch you were
03/24/2009 - 03:58
wearing? Please let us know what could take the cold and the speed! Hope you had one of those good Finland beers, quite a kick as I recall. Best, Tim
The beer was good but in scarce quantities in regards to...
03/25/2009 - 00:07
the prerogative of our driving escapade The one that takes both cold and speed is the US Overseas
Fun fun fun :-) (nt)
03/24/2009 - 10:39
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a great boys trip and a very good learning opportunity too (nt)
03/25/2009 - 00:11
Looks like you had a good time!
03/24/2009 - 12:48
Snowmobile is such good fun... But the race on the frozen lake must have been the best! What sort of speed were you going at? It doesn't look like it was that cold by the way some of you were dressed - what was the temperature like? Cheers,  Francois
I sure had an incredibly good time!
03/25/2009 - 00:22
I only wish the Audi instructors had been more involved and spent more one-on-one time with us in the cars... The weather conditions were amazing for that time of he year. Really nice sunny weather with temperatures around 0 C. So it wasn't cold at all... To tell the truth, the race wasn't about speed at all. It was more skill oriented since driving on ice involves drifitng and sliding Getting to the finish line was a challenge all by itself. 
Hi Radek,
03/24/2009 - 17:59
every year, just as near the beach as possible, they make a racing court on the ice, about 4 km from where I live. It's as you say as fun as you can have, especially without ESP. My son bought a A4 Avant Quattro 2 weeks ago, but is in Stockholm, so he haven't tested it yet! This one has for sure been tested and seldom passed And for those who knows... Fun, fun as long as you don't hit ice walls! hej! Doc
I knew you'd be interested in that post, Doc!
03/25/2009 - 00:29

To me Audi is the most advanced carmaker these days Pimped and fine-tuned by ABT has simply no match...

Yep, the ice walls can be harmful to the car...

BTW, did you know that 3 out of 4 Audis A4 are sold as avant (combi) version? Congrats to your son on his new baby! 

Ah Radek, what an excellent fun time you had!
03/25/2009 - 14:13
I would have enjoyed to try this one time! Happy guy! You looked pretty well during this training. Best, Patrice
Patrice, my friend you should definitely give it a try. It's tons of..
03/25/2009 - 16:47

fun

Dean, your 2nd and 3rd pics are absolutely stunning
03/24/2009 - 12:40

it National Geographics material

My wife is a bird lover and feeds them, and....
03/24/2009 - 18:03
this smart guy Doc
Re: My wife is a bird lover and feeds them, and....
03/24/2009 - 21:38
Ah the potential dangers of an apposable thumb! Quick, get me my varmint shotgun, its gonna be suirrel for dinner! JB
No shotgun please...
03/25/2009 - 02:17
Luca uses a .17 and has more meat to eat.
Re: No shotgun please...
03/25/2009 - 05:22
You're right of course, Miki, No fun pickin' that ol' buckshot outa your teeth! Regards, Joseph
Funny thing is that the birds often sits just beside
03/26/2009 - 12:59
the squirrel, seems they have accepted each others, as well as my dogs just push the deers some 100 meters and then stops and comes back! This here at home, when I used to hunt they could go after them for kilometers! Hej! Doc
Re: Millionaire Squirrel
03/25/2009 - 03:46
Hi Doc, I also managed to snap a pic of a little friend who has made his home at one of the most famous landmarks in Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century.  It is considered to be the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Best regards JAMES
Re: Re: Millionaire Squirrel
03/25/2009 - 05:24
An interesting Rodent, James. Tail of a squirrel but the colouring of a chipmunk. Are there long-tailed chipmunk? BTW, have you ever seen an albino squirrel? Regards, Joseph
Re: Millionaire Squirrel
03/26/2009 - 04:06
Hi Joseph! Yeah, these little guys can be seen in many parks in Delhi.  They are quite light in colour, but definitely larger than chipmunks.  Here is a closeup: And no, I have never seen an albino squirrel - have you got a pic? Best regards JAMES
Thank you for sharing your hobbit Dean!
03/25/2009 - 14:17
You must feel so small and humble facing the mountains and these large spaces. I must say I am impressed. Best Patrice