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February 28, 2017

A Texas Girl dishes on Life in the Rockies by Karilyn Bentley #TWRP

I'm trying something different today. Instead of talking about my dogs in the Tales from the Crate blogs, I'm going to talk about Life in the Rockies. Why? Because, almost a year ago, The Hubster and I moved our family of one dog and various fish, corals and other critters in a salt water fish tank (almost all of which died during the move, the fish and critters, that is, not The Kraken or the corals) from North Texas to the Colorado Rockies. Needless to say, things are a bit different up here, and I'm not talking about the Rocky Mountain High. So, in case you are interested, here is a list of things I've learned since our move. 

1. Altitude takes awhile to get used to. Become accustomed to gasping for breath while walking anywhere. Having an upper respiratory infection makes this worse (as a side note, don't go skiing with a URI lest you find yourself suddenly unable to breath while hurtling down the side of a mountain. Just saying).

2. Don't admire the scenery while driving. Distracted driving leads to deer and/or elk jumping out in front of your car.
3. A Chevy Equinox can go from 40 to 0 in 1.5 seconds (see #2 above for why this is necessary).
4. A wrapped Pappa Murphy's pizza will stay intact while flying at 40MPH from the seat to the floorboard (see #3 above)
5. Cars flash their lights not to warn of a speed trap, but to warn of the elk herd in the middle of the road. Slow down and proceed with caution and be sure to flash your lights at the next driver.
6. Watch out for mountain lions and bears
7. Figure out how to drive with brights on all the time (there is no greater darkness than that of a mountain)
8. Driving an ATV with a snowplow on it is fun
9. The state cars are Subaru, Jeep, and pickup trucks with snowplows.
10. Lock your car doors! Bears like to get into them and will wreck the heck out of the inside of your car. Subarus are especially prone to this kind of destruction (something about the door handles).
11. Fourteen degrees Fahrenheit is no reason NOT to take a walk in shorts. Yep, shorts. Be sure to pair with a parka and ski hat and accessorize with your dog. Be sure to put a coat on your dog. 
12. Speaking of walking, there are a pair of walkers in our neighborhood that will walk in any type of weather. Even -5! Even when the temp drops and causes a flash freeze during the middle of a snowstorm, which jams up the highway, they are still out walking. They are better than the post office which didn't run when the temp dropped below 0. 
13. Speaking of the post office, if the mail truck can't make it around due to excessive snow, they pull out the special Jeeps with the driver on the right and deliver mail in those.
14. Winds around 70 MPH seem to be the norm. In North Texas if the meteorologist stated sustained winds of 70 MPH up to 100 MPH, you'd think a hurricane was blowing up through the state. At any rate, you'd definitely think this to be abnormal and would probably duck and cover inside your bathroom. Here? That's called Tuesday. 18-wheelers go slower on the highway but everyone else just shrugs and goes about their business.
15. Internet in the mountains is not cable. It's GSM. In other words, it uses a satellite dish to a tower. If you can't understand that techie speak, in my terms: they stick a tower on the highest point (this can be a house, we toured one with a tower on it) and beam it to your house. Space age! On the downside the aforementioned winds can twist your receiver around, making your internet run sloooooowwww.

1. In Boulder you can don your dress shirt, tie and jacket, pair with swim trunks and hop on a inner tube for float to work day. (yes, this is a real event, click here)
2. The Dam Duck Derby: purchase a rubber ducky at a local store for it to be put in a large net which is suspended courtesy of the hook-and-ladder firetruck above the dam then dropped. First ducky across the finish line wins. Proceeds go to charity.
3. Jeep ice races!! Jeeps race on top of frozen Georgetown lake.
4. Skiing and lake ice skating.
5. Polar bear plunge. People pay good money to hop into a frozen lake and be pulled out by the fire department. It's a charity event.
6. Ice Melt Challenge. Guess when the lake melts enough for a 20 pound barrel to drop through the melting ice into the lake.
7. Frozen Dead Guy Day: Yes, this is a festival. Click here to read more. 
8. Renew your marriage vows in Loveland on Valentine's Day. Then ski down the slopes in your wedding dress. Here's the news coverage.

If you want something besides my experiences in my new home, here is my latest book, releasing next month on March 29th!!! Excitement! Demon Cursed is the third book in my Demon Huntress series. It's available for pre-order on Amazon now!  Here's the blurb:

Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, just wants to enjoy a football game, but finds herself hunting a serial killer minion instead. When his victims turn out to be the local football star’s female fans, she must determine if the player has joined forces with the minion, but her efforts lead her deeper into danger. When her mentor, Aidan Smythe, is attacked, Gin resolves to go to any lengths to save him, even if it exposes her most tightly held secret. Minions and demons, however, aren't the only terrors she faces. Will she realize the greatest danger lies within—before it's too late?

Until next month, happy reading! And watch out for those mountain lions. :)


Liese said...

Sounds like you're adjusting, Karilyn!

My son graduated from UC-Boulder. He loved it there! We once drove up a mountain near Boulder, passing people hiking up. Felt a little guilty (not!)

We also went out to Estes Park one time and learned it was Elk season. People parked along the side of the road, set up viewing stations (complete with crockpot chili), spent the day just watching these magnificent animals sun bathe. Such an unexpected thrill.

Hope you can make back to good 'ol BIG D soon!


Michelle Miles said...

I love your adventures up there. They are so fun :)
We miss you!! said...

Loved the post. I've been to Colorado in all seasons but there's nothing quite like living in a place to really get to know it. What a change for a Texan! You sense of humor is intact so all is well!

Kathy Ivan said...

First, congratulations onthe new release! I know it's a great book and people don'tw ant to miss it.

Secondly, it sounds like your adjkustment to the frozen tundra of Colorado has been eventful and lots of fun. Though we do miss you here, I'm glad that things are going wellf or you and your hubby, dogs, and fish.

Claire said...

Love it! My husband and I moved to Denver for 2 years, 2 months, 13 days, and 6 hours. We're now back in San Diego because, gasp, I don't like the snow! Glad you're embracing all the great things in Colorado!

Claire Marti

Barbara Bettis said...

Love the post! Visited Denver briefly, but not enough to enjoy all the exciting perks you mention :) I have friends who live in Colorado and wouldn't trade it for the world. I don't think I could live there for long, unfortunately. I'm not a snow/ice/cold devotee--I have enough of that in Missouri!

Sandy Tilley said...

Still chuckling. Daughter graduated from UC: been there and done (some of) that. LOL But happily traded snow for white sand of Gulf Coast.
Great post. And your book sounds awesome!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Liese! Yep, people will park on the side of the road to take elk pictures. Sometimes the elk can be aggressive though. They've been known to stab their antlers through cars!

Hi Michelle! Glad you enjoy reading about my adventures! :)

Hi Charlotte! Thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed reading about my new life here in the mountains. :)

Hi Kathy! Thank you for the kind words about the book. And a big thank you for helping me plot it! :)

Hi Claire! Not everyone likes the snow. I'm lucky, I love cold weather! Glad you are enjoying being back in San Diego!

Hi Barbara! Thank you for stopping by! I do love it here! So nice. I'm glad I like the cold/snow though. :)

Hi Sandy! Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you thought my book sounded good! Enjoy the white sands of the Gulf Coast! :)

Tena Stetler said...

It was fun to read about the Rockies from the point of view of a newbee. I've lived here most my life and take most the things you list as normal. LOL
You new book sounds great. Off to do a preorder! Good luck!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Thank you Tena!! It's been an adventure living up here. I love it! :) Thank you for the pre-order!! Happy Reading!

Unknown said...

What an adventure you are having. It's good that you are embracing it with an open heart, and a sense of humor. Best of luck with your new home and new release. Anni xx

Sylvia said...

Can't wait to join you up there, not in the exact spot, but several hours away. Sounds like you're adjusting and having a great time.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I can't wait to see you on my next journey to the mountains.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Thank you Anni! Humor is the best medicine. :) Glad you stopped by for a chuckle!

Hi Sylvia! I can't wait for you to join me either! We can find a place to meet up. Looking forward to it!! You'll love it up here.

Hi Vicki! I can't wait to see you either! Holler when you plan on coming! xox

Susabelle said...

Late to comment...I'm always late!

First off, Welcome to Colorado! I live in Longmont, work in Boulder at CU. I spend plenty of time in the mountains, have had to be rescued after breaking my leg and driven DOWN the mountain in a screaming ambulance to a non-trauma medical center where I had an xray and was promptly put back INTO the ambulance so we screen down the last half of the mountain and to a trauma center so I could have surgery and gain some new hardware. Yay, me!

And I've only lived here about 6 years. I LOVE it. I never get breathless walking and never did, but I can, even now, be sitting at my car at a stoplight and suddenly be absolutely breathless. And I didn't even see a half-naked Boulder jogger! haha.

It is definitely different here, but I love it (came from Missouri) and would never picture myself living anywhere else.

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