Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trains but no birds

Venezuela - talk about a country in a world of hurt. 

We watched States of Undress on the Viceland Network where our favorite model Hailey Gates goes to weird countries to look at fashion like Venezuela and could not believe what a mess that country
is.  For instance - you cannot buy toilet paper and there are no longer feminine hygiene products.  In fact you can not really buy ANYTHING - except beauty products. 

Anyway - I was just seeing stuff on the news - I don't think I'll vacation there.

**********************

The photo I think I posted yesterday needed to be corrected.  Experts now say this are ELK droppings, not moose.


****

One of the things I was looking at when in Winter Park were the trains.  I knew the people we got the condo from were big train fans so my goal as to try to get some mountain train shots.  DJ and I now have a running joke.

We were always on the lookout for trains and every time we heard a whistle or spotted a train I would blurt out  "WHAT TIME IS IT!"  Thinking if I knew when the trains were running I could time things.

Last night with the windows open DJ said - "I hear a train" and I responded "WHAT TIME IS IT!".

sigh

Sadly the one shot I really like I don't have at the moment but here are a few.

Nope - not Amtrak

This one is but since it was not so wonderful I did a thing to it.

  
OK - the original looks slightly different but there is a story.

There is this sports complex near Fraser (the town that was there before Winter Park) that had a big open field next to train tracks.  We thought that we would just take a look, figure out the best spot, what lens and what background and so forth.  Photographers call this "making your own luck".   

I have thousands of locations in my brain and are just waiting for the right light and so forth and MAYBE I will get "lucky".

Well.  We are in the middle of the field and all of a sudden we hear a train whistle.  F*CK I scream and I am literally sprinted 100 yards to the car.   I grab my camera and am sprinting back and DJ is yelling  HURRY HURRY!  

I get close close and snap maybe 4 shots before it passes.  I'll show the original soon.  But I got carried away on this one.

******
In reality there are a lot of trains going through the Moffat Tunnel. I just have to find the best places (still looking) and wait.  

 Something of interest at Winter Park is that this is where Eisenhower came to relax when he was President and his favorite fishing hole is near the Safeway (home of the best sandwiches EVER).

The tiny lake is now a children only fishing spot (adults are not allowed to fish there - thank you professor Obvious) and there is a statue of Ike.

 +++++

An interesting note is that we got 4 mpg more driving at high altitudes then on the plains.  I was asking about this on a Subaru forum and it is do to the lack of oxygen. They had all sorts of calculations and so forth but I thought it was interesting.

I tell ya - at 9000 feet the air is thin and took some getting use to. We lugged our luggage up to the 3rd floor that first night and HOLY CRAP we were gasping for air!   By the end of the vacation no problem but those first few days  GASP GASP - we felt like fish out of water.

And where are the birds! - All we saw were Magpie, Robins, Hummingbirds (a LOT) and crows.  Very few birds at 9000.

More tomorrow!

RM