Hello Fleet 50!
Last weekend we drove up to Basalt, CO (near Aspen), about 3.5 hours from our home in Denver, checked into the Best Western Aspenalt Inn — right on the Frying Pan river — then hauled our boat 18 miles farther to the Aspen Yacht Club on Ruedi Reservoir, to participate in the 2012 Aspen Open Regatta.
It was an adventure! Kai, our 16-year-old grandson and middle crew, analyzed mountain racing as “no wind, except when a storm cell is passing overhead.” And pass overhead they did! Between Saturday and Sunday we got in four races and escaped with boat and spirits undamaged, although I did suffer an adrenalin overdose on Saturday when hit from behind with a 40+ MPH gust (fortunately, our chute was not up).
On the way home we overnighted at Glenwood Springs and, after checking in to the Holiday Inn Express, made a beeline for the hot springs therapy pool to soak off the tensions of the weekend before heading out to dinner. After a good night’s sleep we headed home on Monday.
Hope things are well in Washington DC — heat waves and no electricity not withstanding.
David and Barb