Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mental Images!

Day before yesterday was quite a nice day, Sunny and mid 70’s! Then in true Colorado-Style... BAM! Rain, Fog, Sleet and Snow!
 Paying no attention to the reality at hand, I dawned my short pants and my parka and hit the road as usual on a Wednesday.

If you drive long enough, you will eventually find your “Auto Pilot” mode. That is where your conscious mind is still driving, but you go somewhere else!

The cool thing about highways in this country is that they pretty much all look alike. That center-line could be the center of Wolf Creek Pass in central Colorado, A LONG ass stretch of 180 in Souther New Mexico, or A1A.... Headed down the keys! That makes the mental images come a little easier for me!

With a mix of Jimmy, Mishka, Zac Brown and Barefoot Davis churning on the ‘ol CD player.... Yes, my pickup is old enough to have a CD player! Stop giving me shit.... it’s not like I still listen to 8-tracks.... much

Anyway, tunes a-going and my mind adrift, I couldn’t help but think about the next Conched in Key West Bar Crawl.

This is the event that made me some mighty fine friends, helped out some folks in need and provided a cubic mess of entertainment!

But I wasn’t thinking about the party nights, although that was the majority of the trip last year! I was thinking of the rest, relaxation and mental imagery that gets me through the rough days in Colorado!

Don’t get me wrong here! I love living where I do, and I like doing WHAT we do. It allows us to go places and do things that lots of people never will... We just have to be back by Monday!

Colorado has enough beauty to fulfill an entire life’s needs, but I have that damn need to see the sea, and off we go again! Plus, we gotta get to know the place, cause when I’m ready to retire... I’ll be damned if I’m going to live somewhere that people know what a snow plow looks like... and just like Seinfeld’s parents, Florida is likely to be that place!

Now like I’ve said before, I think you all should come down to Key West and party it up with us in September, but if you do, I caution you!

It is VERY easy to over-do things! When the bars stay open until 4 a.m. and you’re with some “Seasoned Pro’s” like Mike from Rum Connection and Carl and Shawn from Coastlines.... Let’s just say your morning is going to be a bit rough! Drink some water and suck it up though because there is beauty waiting for you!

A morning walk on the beach and some exploration of the local sights is always the way to begin a day, but don’t forget to eat! You’ll be needing it because when the likes of Rum Shop Ryan and Lyndsey, Trey and the rest of the gang from Team Cocktail show up... a day later and fresh as spring chicks.... You’re going to have another late night!

But the nights in Key West always start with a beautiful sunset!

And when it feels like the night is just getting started, you realize you’ve stayed out WAY the hell past your bed time and 4 a.m. is just around the corner.... again!

But when the sun pops up, and it will, eat! Want to know why? Because Bloody Mary’s are already ordered!

After a bit of food and some light shopping at the tourist trap gift stores.... I’m a sucker for them.... You’ll realize that the official Bar Crawl starts in just a few hours!

Good Luck! We’re not talking amateur night here people!

These are the things that I think about when I’m driving down the desolate highways and side streets (Not as poetic as by-ways, but more accurate) of Eastern Colorado.

If you’re interested in joining my diluted reality.... Check out the official Facebook Page for the crawl and follow @KWCrawl on Twitter.



Resie Rae said...

Gods I haven't been over Wolf Creek in eons. Hell I used to live down that way. But there's not much in the way of beer & beer culture so I'll be sticking to Front Range side.

Your Florida trips sound fun my friend. ;)

BigKahuna Brew said...

Thanks Resie.
We do have a lot to be thankful for with Colorado's front range beer culture! Lots of exploring to be done!

As for Florida.... Come along!

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