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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #50 on: January 25, 2017, 08:41:11 AM »
Glad a few of you had fun at the potluck and board games. Next one will probably be another Memorial Park meetup on a weekend in March. No idea what the weather is like, but that doesn't really matter, does it? We can sled if it's snowy, or slackline if it's not.

Which weekend works best for everyone?
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2017, 03:44:57 PM »
I don't know my work schedule that far out, and my days off vary from week to week. If it happens on a day we can make it, I'll try to come. Just don't try to plan around my crazy schedule. :P

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« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2017, 08:51:10 PM »
I head out of town this weekend on business for three weeks. I'll have a better idea of my March schedule when I get back.  I'm expecting another few days out of town, but March should be fairly open.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #53 on: January 26, 2017, 06:24:39 AM »
March is a good time for me. The only exception is the weekend of March 11-12 (Sat-Sun). Otherwise, I'm free.

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« Reply #54 on: February 14, 2017, 05:19:37 PM »
We would be interested in joining in March with our two kids.

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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #55 on: February 14, 2017, 08:59:21 PM »
All right, I'm thinking of the weekend of 3/18 or 3/19 somewhere at Palmer Park. I am not in a position to do a potluck or anything like that currently, but I'm down for a hike, or anything else. I've been there twice in the last few weeks, and I know the playground gets busy. I was thinking of something more towards the middle. I know there is a gazebo here, and while there are signs that say it needs to be reserved, I've never seen people there (if we choose this, I'll probably go back, and see about actually reserving it...if all else fails, we could just leave if someone showed up too). What think you all? Good date? Good location?

If so, I'll start another thread for this meetup specifically.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #56 on: February 21, 2017, 04:53:00 PM »
A hike in Palmer Park on March 18 or 19 sounds good!

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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #57 on: February 22, 2017, 02:53:49 PM »
All right, I'm thinking the 18th. I'll get the post up once I confirm the gazebo stuff. Hopefully this weekend. Also, just in case you were curious...

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« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2017, 09:58:04 AM »
Jordan, what time were you thinking for the park this weekend?
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« Reply #59 on: March 11, 2017, 11:33:40 AM »
Jordan, what time were you thinking for the park this weekend?

It's going to be 3/19 at 1pm. So not this weekend, but next. I'll make another thread right quick, and post it here.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2017, 03:49:29 PM »
2nd ongoing meetup was a success. Thank you to all of you who showed up. It was fun, and I think I've got some good ideas as for the next one.

I was thinking though, I am most definitely going to be doing the Starlight Spectacular this year, and I usually create a 'team', so I'll post the link once we can sign up for it. There will be something else before then for sure though.

For those who didn't get to talk about future meetups in person, what kind of things would you be interested in doing?

We've done a park picnic (we had a slackline, but none of us used it), and we've done a meandering hike. Some thoughts are bike rides, meeting up at a brewery, some multi-day backpacking adventures, etc. We live in the awesome place where a majority of the land is a big free playground. What think you?
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #62 on: March 30, 2017, 08:20:50 AM »
There will most likely be another meetup before the starlight, but tickets are available now, so I made a thread for the ride. Starlight Spectacular meetup is here.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #63 on: April 03, 2017, 04:34:37 PM »
My parents live in the Springs. I visit a few times per year. I'll be sure to follow this thread for future meets.

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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #64 on: May 14, 2017, 06:23:36 PM »
Since it was at the last Palmer Park meetup in which I was introduced to this, I wanted to x-post here.

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So the hike. I learned about this place at the last Mustachian Meetup I organized. I had no idea this place even existed. It was interesting to say the least. Let's take a look at the altimeter info.



Now, looking at this insanity, one could easily think that this was some Type II fun. Or maybe, since that has been discussed lately, atonement for the sins of dinner on Friday*.

And oh boy were there sins. As an appetizer, Spam Musubi made an appearance:



There were four of them, but they were so tasty, two got eaten before I even thought to appreciate the beauty of them. For the main course, MXT had a roasted chicken sandwich with a pineapple habanero sauce (that was more like a chutney). I didn't get a photo, but I did get a bite. It was a touch sweet for my tastes, but the chicken was good. I couldn't decide what I wanted, so I got a combo plate with two entrees. Introducing Loco Moco and Kalua Pig with Cabbage.



There are two beef patties under those fried eggs, covered with gravy that was delicious (not too salty, which was impressive).

So yeah, sins to atone for, and with the profile you saw above, it is completely realistic that this hike was specifically to make up for the gorging that we did on Friday. But the altitude profile only tells part of the story. Yeah, it was steep as hell, and yes the trail was rough, and yes we really haven't done any serious hikes lately. But if you were to just look at that altitude profile, seems painful, but you'd miss some of the stuff you see.

Like how you start going up and up, and on occasion, can see the city get further



and further



and further



below you. As you constantly start checking to see how far you've gone, and are constantly disappointed by the mere mileage, you continue to look up towards the peak. And then, after a couple of hours of brutal uphill, you finally come to the saddle. As you summit the saddle, you realize that the Waldo Canyon fire came here, and the stark contrast of the city and the former desolation makes itself clear. To one side, green and city, to the other...




As the evening drew near, and the shadows lengthen, the relatively recently engulfed mountain side became a strange mix of hope for the future as new life can be established, and sorrow for the damage caused by humanity.



And as you get to one of the places that are considered a peak, with the sun behind you, you feel as if you conquered something. You survived! And then, with the sun at your back, it becomes very clear how small you really are.



So you start heading down, again through the barren skeletons of the trees, and you realize that the fire that tore through here contained beauty in the destruction, and what it left behind is unique.



All in all, it was glorious.

*I'm merely being facetious here. TBH, I hate when people workout losing sight of the fact that for something to be sustainable, it needs to be fun. Considering that fitness is kind of a big thing with me, even typing that out kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I know it's a humorous way that a lot of people say things, without any of the baggage that I have.

Also, I'm attempting to work out a less transient meetup before the Starlight Spectacular. I've had lots of fun meeting at parks and the like, but damn if it wouldn't be nice to just relax, BBQ some food, play games, or chat (with a bathroom nearby). I'm working on the better half to allow this at our place, and if that's the case, I'm thinking an awesome potluck in which I smoke some ribs, a turkey, and some pork shoulder. Just a thought that occurred to me this morning as I found myself involved in a few simultaneous discussions about BBQ, roasting, and hosting.

How many people are down for something like that? More of a "make an evening out of it" kind of thing?
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #65 on: May 14, 2017, 06:28:48 PM »
I'm in. We're moving to our next duty station around 15 June and it would be fun to see everyone again before we leave.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #66 on: May 14, 2017, 08:11:37 PM »
First post. Been lurking for a few weeks as I just found this site and trying to keep my head from spinning. NE Springs here

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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #67 on: May 14, 2017, 09:22:03 PM »
I've gotten most of my evenings freed up, so we could actually do something like this.

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« Reply #68 on: May 15, 2017, 05:32:19 AM »
I'm in. We're moving to our next duty station around 15 June and it would be fun to see everyone again before we leave.

Oh man. That is coming up quick. Regardless, we'll get something setup before you all head out. Weekend of the 3rd or 10th super busy for you, or is it doable?

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Nice. New people! This may be an opportunity to try some things I haven't quite figured out how to implement in our meetups yet.

I've gotten most of my evenings freed up, so we could actually do something like this.

Ah cool. If it becomes a let's make an evening thing, I'm thinking Saturday, but if it winds up being an afternoon thing, Saturday or Sunday would work.
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #69 on: May 15, 2017, 08:44:55 AM »
Darn it! Really wish I could go, but I blew out my knee last week. Not sure when I'll be mobile again

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« Reply #70 on: May 15, 2017, 08:38:50 PM »
I'm in. We're moving to our next duty station around 15 June and it would be fun to see everyone again before we leave.

Oh man. That is coming up quick. Regardless, we'll get something setup before you all head out. Weekend of the 3rd or 10th super busy for you, or is it doable?

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Nice. New people! This may be an opportunity to try some things I haven't quite figured out how to implement in our meetups yet.

I've gotten most of my evenings freed up, so we could actually do something like this.

Ah cool. If it becomes a let's make an evening thing, I'm thinking Saturday, but if it winds up being an afternoon thing, Saturday or Sunday would work.

I'll let you know in a couple days when my family gets back in town.  One of those should work just fine.
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« Reply #71 on: May 19, 2017, 08:27:33 PM »
3 June works for us.
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« Reply #72 on: May 21, 2017, 05:12:39 PM »
All right! June 3rd it is. Sorry all, for the short notice. Also, it's going to most likely be a potluck at my house (near memorial Park), and I'll bust out the smoker for some kind of meat. Details will be in a separate thread tomorrow.
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« Reply #73 on: May 22, 2017, 11:17:21 AM »
Separate thread is here!! We'll send Travis off right, and have a good time too!

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« Reply #74 on: September 29, 2017, 05:57:53 AM »
Hey all, a new guy on the forums just joined in. I know it's been rainy a lot recently, but I'm thinking another Saturday over at Memorial Park. For me, it won't be until after 10/9, and I got to CMC two weekends from then.

How does everyone's schedule look? Preferences? Do we want to do something at my house again maybe?
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Re: Colorado Springs - Ongoing Meetups and Adventures
« Reply #75 on: September 30, 2017, 01:11:03 PM »
I just moved to CS and would like to meet the local mustachians.  I'm job-free on 1 October so pretty much have an open schedule 😁.  I'd be down for either a park setup or otherwise.  Thanks for being the CS voice on here Jordan!