Colorado Fun with Captain Adventure

Captain Adventure at the helm. Mr. Justyn

I have hiked, biked, skiied, mountain climbed but never boated Colorado.  50 miles of river paddling, 4 different river runs is what we accomplished and we have had a serious amount of fun.  Miles and miles of smiles and amazing views.  Traveling with Captain Adventure has been exciting.  A trip of a lifetime for sure.

The Royal Gorge was probably my favorite run.  Its on the Arkansas River and its about 18 miles long and it goes through deep deep canyons.   Our friends Sean and Lavendar and their dog Cholla went down on all our river trips.   We boated under some narrow canyons and the Royal Gorge Bridge was 1100 feet above us.

our boat

Royal Gorge Bridge Built in 1929

Built in 1929 its one of the tallest suspension bridge in the nation.  We made it through that tough river except for Sunshine Falls, a class 5 rapid.   We got caught up on some scary rocks but we kept our cool and Captain JT got us out of that situation pretty quick.

our paddles

Our last river trip which was yesterday was at the Browns Canyon which is a section on the Arkansas River as well. That was super duper sweet with canyons and nice runs and amazing pull offs for some fun cactus hikes and high deserts.

After we pulled off the river we said our good byes to Sean, Lavendar and Cholla and headed up to Leadville.  The highest town in the United States at the elevation of 10,152 feet.   We had a lovely chinese dinner with hot green tea, fried avocado wontons (which were mostly cream cheese and just a spot of avocado), tofu green curry and drunken noodles.  Soooo delicious.

After dinner we loaded up into the truck and drove into the dark and rainy evening.  We were about to turn on to Highway 70 and a cop pulled us over for having no tail lights.  He was probably the nicest cop on the planet.  He did not give us a ticket but he strongly urged us to pull over to go camping.  He escorted us to an “unofficial” campsite, which was an abandoned raiload access road.  The nice cop said that the railroad has not been used in 12 years.  We asked if we would be safe there to camp, and he said absolutely.   So we set up the back of the truck to sleep and I was about to fall deep into slumber when I saw a truck drive right by us.  I got so nervous and course got Justyn anxious too.  But we just tried to go back to sleep and not worry about it.

Captain Adventure waking up

We woke up alive and got back on the road and ate breakfast in Mintern, Colorado.  Captain Adventure loves breakfastses.  I prefer just having cereal or granola with fruit in coconut milk, but not him he has got to have his eggs.  Goodness me.  So we ate at Route 6 Diner, known for their cornbeef hash.  Luckily, they had granola with soy milk and awesome coffee.

Sean and Lavender at The Princeton Hot Springs with us.

Glenwood Springs was our next spot.  We have been hittin up towns through Colorado for hot springs.  The first one was at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.  Amazing 104 degree pools.  So relaxing and warm.  The warm water eased my achy paddlin arms.  Glenwood Springs was not as good as Mt Princeton, but oh well.

JT, (a.k.a Justyn or Captain Adventure) and I loaded back in the truck and we were making our way to Utah. Captain Adventure thought it would be cool if we stopped at Dinosaur National Monument. I am so glad he did.

Captain Adventure by the sign

That place was rockin.  I loved it.  We picnicked and ate Veggie things and drank Pamplemousses, oh yeh and I had a Tecate beer.

Caroline by a dinosaur

So thirst quenching.  It was extremely hot at The Dinosaur National Monument so we swam in the Green River.  The swim was soooo refreshing.  The water was so cold at first but then you got really used to it.  We basically were swimming where T-Rex dinosaurs tongued the water to quench their thirst eons and eons ago.  So cool.   Dinosaur National Monument is free to drive through and to picnic.  50 cents to get an Audio Book Tour Guide and it is real economical to camp in their campgrounds by the rivers.

Dinosaur National Monument

Now we are in Utah.  We got here last night and stayed with our awesome friend Heather Dee in Park City.  Heather made us an amazing dinner last night and made a really fresh spinach salad with avocado, beets and sesame seeds.  I was in heaven.

Heather Dee opening a bottle of vino

Salt Lake City is where I will be all week.  We are in our hotel that has a full kitchen and its real cozy.  My friends Heather and Grady will be here in a few hours.   Chapter Two of my tour/vacation is about to unfold………………………………..

Stay Tuned………

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News from the Birthday Girl

in the Aspen trees

Today is my birthday and I have had such a beautiful amazing day.  

We hung out in the Royal Gorge today and I was amazed at the beauty of all the deep canyons.  Colorado is amazing.

Just when I think I have seen it all in this beautiful state there is something that I have discovered that is incredibly breathtaking.

I am hooked on boating down rivers for sure.  I am having some Colorado River adventures.  We have boated down a few rivers and tomorrow we are doing the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas which is located near Salida, Colorado.

I HEART COLORADO

The Poudre River. Chattahoochee in Atlanta, Georgia

Goodnight everyone I am sooo exhausted.

Vacation is Rockin

So sorry I have not posted in a while.  I am in Colorado loving life.  We are staying at friend Sean and Lavenders house in Black Hawk, Colorado.  We boated down 2 rivers in 2 days.  The Poudre and the Colorado.   Those beauties were amazing.  The scenery looked fake.

As  soon as I get to my computer I will put luscious pictures up.  But for now I am smelling dinner downstairs.  Yummy curry that Lavender is making us.  My mouth is watering.

Love,

Caroline

Friday Love

Zinnia Garden. My moms fave flowers.

Happy Friday beautiful people.   I just wrote a new song on my deck and I am on a roll.  I really feel the calling to keep doing what I am doing in my life.  I am exactly where I need to be and it feels awesome.  I am gonna continue to pump up the love and the awareness through my songs.   My new ditty is an environmental style love song.  Cant wait to get it out there.

I leave in less than a week to go on a 3 week tour of Rivers on the Front Range, music, friends and Outdoor Retailer Trade Shows in Salt Lake City, Utah.   I cannot wait

I would love to send you a postcard from my travels just drop me a comment with your snail mail.

Have a stellar weekend.

I Am Only Human

My new video that we recorded yesterday after the rains.  The setting is a late afternoon day in my backyard in Weaverville, North Carolina with some sunflowers backing me up.

Had to do a video for a submission to some folks out West for some gigs.   Thought I’d share and get it out there.

Note to Self

Dear Caroline,

I feel a bit of a switcheroo coming on.  Its time to shake it up a bit.  Please practice Yoga more and drink coffee less.  Instead of hopping on Facebook first thing in the morning or Twitter hop on your Yoga Mat.

Namaste……

Just a note that I thought I would share.  Hope your Monday is going swell. I feel like sharing my note to you.  Change is good and shaking up those routines are amazing.

Its raining in a luscious way and my garden is loving it.  A few moments ago I  donned a raincoat and went out in the rain and picked a gallon of blueberries.

Much Love,

Caroline

Hot Lanta Saki, yummmy

I Love My Family SoOOO Much

We just returned from Atlanta.  We spent 3 glorious days with my sibblings and nieces,nephews and four dogs.   We laughed sooo much and swam in the lake, rode on pontoon boats, ski doos, and celebrated Augie’s 40th birthday.  My other brother Jed had the same birthday as him too and he would have been 34.  My sweet Jed.

Josie, my sweet little niece, photo taken by Justyn Thompson

Here are some photos from Augie’s bday at the Sushi Bar:

Jane, Augie and Caroline, photo taken by Justyn Thompson

Caro and Justyn

Endless Bummer

In lieu of this terrible disaster with the oil spill at the Gulf, I have been feeling so helpless and not knowing what to do.  Justyn and I  contacted his friends down in New Orleans to find out if we can come down there and lend a hand.   We found out that you have to get hired by BP and get trained in Hazz Mat and it takes several weeks.   This does not seem to be the answer to what I am looking for.  I want to help immediately.  The fishing families in the Gulf are financially hurting, the fish and wildlife are in danger, the environment is in peril.

In response to this oil disaster of April 20,2010, Justyn Thompson and Phil Cheney collaborated forces and designed a poster.  I think they did a fabulous job.  Incredibly inspiring to get people on the same page moving towards use of cleaner renewable energy resources.   Let’s get inspired to go Green and elect representatives that want to do the same.

The Endless Bummer by Phil Cheney and Justyn Thompson