August 6, 2009

Any Althouse readers up for a Colorado meet-up?

It would be in Durango in the next few days. Email me — using my full name (no spaces) @gmail.com — and let me know. If enough of you are interested, I'll respond with the details of the time and place. And anyone — feel free to suggest places to do blogger-reader meet-ups and anything else in the vicinity of Durango.

32 comments:

PatCA said...

I have cousins who live there. It's the most beautiful valley! Downtown has lots of good restaurants, there's the old railroad, rafting the rapids...have fun.

And Purgatory is a beautiful mountain. Wish I could be there!

chickenlittle said...

If you ride the Durango Narrow gauge, you be part of movie history. See the 2:37 mark in this.

Shanna said...

Oh, I love Durango! I've been there 4 times, always in the summer. Beautiful lakes, trout fishing, rafting (even though I did the canoe last time tumpted over in the middle of the rapids, which wasn't fun).

Wish I could come, for sure.

Meade said...

Good idea, chicklit. We just might do that... if we survive the Althouse readers meet-up doing the activity I'm lobbying for: here (at 4:00 mark.)

SteveR said...

Well I'll be in Albuqurque Sunday night to see Bob Dylan, close to Durango by western standards.

Staying at the Strater Hotel by chance?

As for narrow guages, I prefer the Cumbres Toltec (Chama, NM - Antonito CO) but beautiful is beautiful.

Larry J said...

I don't have time to drive over to Durango. If you have the time, you might want to go over to Mesa Verde National Park. My wife and I visited there over the July 4th holiday and enjoyed the cliff dwellings. There aren't many places in America where you can see sights like this.

L. E. Lee said...

Question for Professor Althouse-How long have you had emeritus status at the UW law school?

Barbara said...

I'm in Boulder - come here for a meet-up! I've been reading Althouse for years and now with Meade in the picture...well, I'm smitten squared.

Boulder is Madison-ish - a college town, lovely natural setting. It fancies itself quite progressive while overt displays of abundant personal and public wealth prompt no recognition of irony among the elites. Ouch. I can say that because I was born here (elitism intended). I now am relegated to living in one of the dreaded L-towns in east Boulder county.

Seriously, Boulder is on your way back home. I suspect you would have an admirable turnout!

Skeptical said...

Emeritus? Way too young for that. You got some bad info somewhere.

Meade said...

L.E. Lee: I know what you're implying but you're apparently ignorant of how an academic appointment works.

She's salaried on a nine-month basis and is not paid during the summer. She could take on additional work during the summer but she'd rather have the time than the money.

Why?

chickenlittle said...

Very cool Meade.

If you guys make it to Mesa Verde, you're almost here. Talk about rich film history.

Anonymous said...

Wish you'd had one in Denver/Boulder area. :(

jimbino said...

You're welcome to visit me at my home in Crested Butte, should you happen to pass by there on your way home.

dick said...

You might contact the blogger who writes Beside the Stream - she does beautiful photos and she lives around Durango. Very interesting woman.

Paul Zrimsek said...

L.E. Lee: I know what you're implying but you're apparently ignorant of ________

Challenge for readers: Find a continuation that yields a false statement.

Juris Dentist said...

Honeymoon not going so well, eh Annie?

Why in God's name would you be seeking a blog meet-up if it were?!!

sierra said...

There must be a "Romance in Durango" pun in there somewhere for a Dylan fan.

The Crack Emcee said...

It would require a major effort, but I can make it on Sunday.

John Lynch said...

I live in Durango. Holy cow. I'll email.

Donna B. said...

Durango, Chama, and Montrose were the towns I grew up in and Durango was my favorite, by far.

Had it been this time last year, I would have been there. We enjoyed two weeks of western Colorado starting the last day of July 2008.

Ralph L said...

My step-mother says that if you have any Indian blood, you can go to Fort Lewis College for free. She used to teach math there, so they probably get what they paid for. None of her family is still in Durango, so you should be safe.

The train ride to Silverton takes a good bit of the day and ain't cheap, IIRC, so I didn't do it. Wish I had now.

I drove from Durango to Albuquerque and thought I'd take a side trip to Los Alamos. Big mistake--the state road from Cuba turned into the bumpiest mountain dirt road for about 5 miles. I did find a hot spring, but it was swarming with Mexican families and poison ivy.

PatCA said...

Oh, for crying out loud, Juris Dentist. Durango is in the "Animus" Valley, so their souls and spirits will be refreshed there. Quite romantic actually.

Randy said...

I was going to write that "there's one in every crowd," but I see there are two here already. Here's a special song just for them.

JAL said...

Amazing!

Jeremy and C4 posted for him!

John Lynch said...

Animas, actually, but Animus sounds more legal.

The full name of the river (el rio de las animas perdidas), translated, is the river of lost souls. "Animas" means souls.

Ride the train. It's really scenic, and steam locomotives are just awesome.

Julie said...

Quite romantic actually.
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traditionalguy said...

Meade...Good luck getting your bride onto a whitewater raft trip. They are not dangerous at all, but they seem much too uncontrolled, which means a great challenge to some, but means a very dangerous activity to women.

Simon Kenton said...

Rio de las animas perdidas en purgatorio.

A friar found the bones of some travelers killed by indians a year or two before; he inferred they died unshriven, hence the name.

Another vote for Denver Boulder area.

Simon Kenton said...

Error. I was confusing the Animas with the Purgatoire.

Still voting in favor of the Denver-Boulder meetup.

John Lynch said...

There's a really fun, not very dangerous raft trip through Durango. It starts just north of 32nd street and ends the other side of the Smelter Mountain rapids. Whole trip is about 45 minutes. I took my wife on it when we were dating. You get very wet, but when the river is low in the summer it's not dangerous at all.

Mild to Wild is the company I took. There are others all over the area.

Pastafarian said...

How about Chicago, on your way back to Wisconsin?

Laura(southernxyl) said...

traditionalguy said...
Meade...Good luck getting your bride onto a whitewater raft trip. They are not dangerous at all, but they seem much too uncontrolled, which means a great challenge to some, but means a very dangerous activity to women.


Snort.