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Colorado is on Fire: Aspens in Aspen

September 21, 2009 3 comments

Few shots from this past weekend in Aspen, Colorado. True to it’s name, the town was awash in color as thousands of Aspens lit up the towering hillsides.

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Categories: CO, Colorado, Photography, Road trip

The Road Ahead

August 30, 2009 5 comments

Starting a journey may require taking a step, but it also includes looking up and enjoying the view.

Picture is from this Friday night as I drove out to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Random thoughts while driving through Kansas

May 18, 2009 Leave a comment
  • Birds in Kansas are fing crazy. Like they can really fly 75 mph? Nuts…
  • Only two billboards have lights: Jesus and Adult Book Store
  • 70 mph speed limits suck
  • Colby, Kansas is either 41 or 40 or 38 miles from the first cluster of billboards
  • Apparently Nebraska’s number one tourist attraction is Pioneer Days. The billboard however is missing a few things, like when and where the place actually is.
  • Just before entering Kansas you pass “Now leaving beautiful Colorado” and what is Kansas’s response? “Welcome to Kansas the wheat state.” Now that’s selling me…
  • Gorillas can be found at the Oasis Flying J. Actually for that matter, so can Starbucks, cheap greasy food, and palm trees.
  • Whatever you do, don’t miss the world’s biggest prairie dog! It’s right next to the live five-legged cow.
  • Worried about missing the dog and cow? Don’t, eight billboards point the way.
  • Look south at mile 173. See the blue Walker shed? I bet the red truck is still parked there….
  • Apparently Kansas is home to the 2nd friendliest yarn store in the universe. Still looking for #1 and wondering why they just don’t decide to take the title.
  • Flying J atms suck. $3.75 to take out $20
  • Hay’s History Museum slogan: “Where history comes to life,” seriously wondering if this is EVERY history museum’s slogan.
  • Rush Limbaugh is on FM radio. Apparently Obama is responsible for unconstitutionally closing down Chrysler plants and giving Rush enough to talk about for decades.
  • During May the grass is green and when the sky is dark the prairie comes alive with color.
  • I’ll be making this drive a lot so might as well get used to it…
Categories: Road trip, Travel

Four States, Two Interstates, 783 Miles, And One Really Pissed Off Bush Supporter

December 13, 2008 2 comments

Did something I haven’t done for a few months now and got in my car for a daylong drive across the Western United States. As usual my mind was spinning and I kept a notebook within reach for recording those precious thoughts. They are below.

·      NPR apparently is only interested in reporting the apocalypse.  Four hours of programming I learn: The world is ending. (new movie coming out) The economy sucks (obvious news story of the day) GM is going to go down (bailout going to shit) Drug users are using again (according to the economy going down) and couples are having trouble divorcing due to financial difficulties. The only story I didn’t hear? The one in which NPR lays off 68 folks and cancels two shows.

·      Overheard at a truck stop somewhere on I-15: “F*ck Obama! Like he is really going to change things! Personally I voted again for Bush.”

·      Seen on a bathroom stall: Fox News is the only credible network on TV today. Seen on the same stall: Bush is gay. Seen below Bush is gay: Bush is not happy! (priceless)

·      Driving through Arizona at night with a full moon is like exploring Earth’s shoulders rippling with muscles hidden by dark shadows.

·      Gas for $1.56 is only expensive when you paid $1.34 300 miles earlier.

·      God I really missed doing this.

Categories: Road trip

If you could drop everything what would you do? — My challenge to you

July 30, 2008 3 comments

Answer this: If you could drop everything, without consequence, and follow one dream, what would it be?

Now think about what is stopping you? The barriers that immediately shut down your idealism. Are they able to be breached? Are they materialistic? Are they family based? Are they rooted in fear?

My dream?

The Six Degrees of Separation Project

The Mission: America needs to remember its beauty – The idealism that has captivated millions to risk death just for a chance to succeed. To jump borders. Leave family. Drive a taxi by day, go to school at night. America needs to hear the stories of idealism beyond Disneyesque packaged prime time. The need to see the faces of struggling entrepreneurs. Stay-at-home mothers. Hourly wageworkers. Wall Street wonders. The project will link together, using the philosophy of six degrees of separation, the everyday fabric of our lives.

Execution: I would start out with one person, and listen to their story. That one person would then be responsible for introducing me to the next individual. I would then listen, learn, and document their story. The individual would then be responsible for introducing the next person. The catch, however, is the person cannot introduce me to a person the previous person knows. I also will need to spend at least one night with the selected individual, so I can accurately portray a sliver of their life.

Deliverables: By meshing my love for storytelling with technology, I will produce a variety of multimedia components: video, written word, photography, podcasting, GPS oriented content to name just a few. The project would be available via a website, and social networking tools.

The Crux: Before embarking I would compile a bucket list of goals: be a guest on the Tonight Show, run a marathon in a major city, help a kid learn how to throw a baseball, learn how to sail, and have dinner with the President. That I wish to complete during the trip.

Barriers: Capital. That’s it.

My Challenge to You: If you feel as though reaching your goal is out of reach, help me reach mine. I will make a promise to fulfill on this. All I need is a little help. This does not necessarily mean just cash, though that will put some gas in my tank. A simple introduction may be more than enough.

What would this take? Honestly, I’m not sure. Startup costs would be roughly 5K to get the appropriate equipment and website built. Then it’s a matter of gas, food, and enough cash so when I stay with a stranger I can cook them dinner, or take their kids out for ice cream. Ideally I would start in Colorado, and work east.

It is also important to note that I am not just asking for a handout to travel without risk to myself. I am willing to put my own capital behind this journey, as well as my personal name and time. Several people noted that “this seems a little strange,” and “I’m not sure what my first impressions are,” which is more than reasonable. I will work on answering these questions in a more detailed post shortly, but for now I wanted to just put the idea out there.

Think you can help? Let me know. If I can raise 20k I will hit the road and follow a life-long dream, which will hopefully change one persons life for the better.

Note: 20K is also equal to 200 folks taking a $100 chance. Broken up, anything is possible.

Please feel free to circulate this post to whomever you like.

If you don’t know me and would like to talk, please feel free to give me a ring at 303.406.1876 or email me directly at timshisler (at) gmail (.com) – I will be more than willing to answer any of your questions.

Think you’re in Shape? Move to Boulder, and then kill yourself

January 9, 2008 1 comment

Overheard while working out at the YMCA.

Ridiculously ripped dude one: “Hey man do you cyclocross?”

Equally Ripped dude two: “No, just ice climb and ski. Going to Jackson this weekend and Aspen in two weeks.”

“Sweet! But you really should try it. Once the road season ends it ‘s a great way to stay in shape. I just did a sick race in Estes Park.”

“Yea? Hard?”

“You know, typical. 30 miles, snow, same old shit.”

“Well I do need a new bike. Maybe I’ll pick one up. BTW, ever want to ride across Colorado?”

“Did last year, it was too easy.”

When I moved to Boulder I was out of shape. Two months on the road had broken me down. I’d run a marathon, competed in a few triathlons and climbed some 14,000 ft. peaks, but besides that the summer had been fairly uneventful.

Back home (Santa Cruz California,) I was the active one among most of my friends. Saturday mornings would be filled with 40-mile rides, 15-mile runs and marathon lap swims.

I would hit the gym at lunch, climb sporadically and hike twice a month.

And then I moved to Boulder.

The town where if you can’t ride a century, run a marathon and bust out a pitch on a gruesome 5.12 all in the same day, you’re mediocre. Worthless. Pathetic. Plane out of shape.

“Just remember,” several people told me when I first arrived. “There is always someone faster, better and more ballsy out there than you. Once you know that, you will be fine.”

I believed them, but it didn’t sink in at first.

My first two months were a blast. Twenty five thousand feet of elevation gain, over 100 miles hiked, a few hundred miles run and even two climbing sessions. I drank beer, lost weight, ate healthier than ever and found myself happier than I’d been in several years.

But as the newness wears off and I begin to become more of a resident in Boulder, the reality is sinking in.

“What are you doing this weekend?” I might ask a coworker.

“Oh you know, same old stuff. Climb a mountain early Saturday, then attend Dave Matthews before heading out to a friends hut trip which I’ll have to ski into at night. Then Sunday ski back, bang out a freelance piece and relax.”

Damn. And I thought hiking 10 miles was cool.

A hot night in Chicago

November 24, 2007 Leave a comment

It was hot, just under 100 degrees when I was there, and local kids were playing in one of the many parks around the city.  I grabbed my camera and secured the following shots._1.jpg _2.jpg _3.jpg _4.jpg 

Categories: Photography, Road trip, Travel