40,000 stressed bees and seriously on the edge in Southern Colorado

We wrapped up our summer campground management in Oregon to start heading to Texas for our daughters wedding.  We loved the campground but with every job there is always one person that you encounter that you think “what the craziness is wrong with them”.

The short story of our crazy camper is a nice 40-something lady comes in pulling a small trailer loaded with some furniture, a bike and bee hives.  She says she has driven from Rhode Island and is headed to the coast of Oregon but her 40,000 (yes 40,000) bees are very stressed and she wants to release them for the night since they can get a drink of water from our reservoir near the campground. I know, the chances of any camper being stung by the bees was small but we would have had some stressed out campers for sure!

Rainbow hitting a knob between the mountains

Rainbow hitting a knob between the mountains

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Glenn had a goal to do a Via Ferrata trail in Telluride on the San Juan mountains.  A Via Ferrata is usually done on the side of a sheer cliff face and you traverse sideways across the cliff wall on metal rungs hanging on to metal pegs mounted into the rock.  It is slow going and you cannot be afraid of heights (there was no way I was going to do it).  He did get a local guide that lent his expertise and equipment.  The Telluride area is beautiful and we enjoyed taking the back roads through Colorado to see the Aspen trees turning a brilliant yellow and sweeping vistas.

On one of the small county corkscrew roads we saw what looked like a house built into the side of the mountain.  We wheeled around to get a closer look and good luck prevailed and the owner was digging a trench in front.  He hired a couple of old miners to blast away the rock leaving a large open room with a bedroom in the back.  He said they couldn’t guarantee how large or the configuration of the rooms since the blast was a little ‘unpredictable’.  He would only allow a picture of the outside (didn’t want to draw any attention to it) but trust me – it was very cool.

Bridal Falls in Telluride

Bridal Falls in Telluride

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House blasted into side of mountain

House blasted into side of mountain

from the free gondola in telluride

from the free gondola in telluride

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2 Responses to 40,000 stressed bees and seriously on the edge in Southern Colorado

  1. Kate Goetz says:

    I get dizzy just looking at the pictures! That’s pretty down courageous of Glenn. And the house in the hillside sounds like a dream.

  2. Looks like you were in Colorado at the perfect time. Congrats to Glenn on his Via Ferrate. I’d like to think that I have the guts to do something like that, but when push comes to shove, not sure if I actually do or not.

    We feel like we missed fall. It hadn’t started when we left Michigan, but it sure seems over in North Dakota. Only certainty is that there will be leaves to rake when we get home.

    Love the mountain house.

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