fall pleasures…

First off… the rains have ended here, the floodwaters have receded, but Colorado is still cleaning up after the floods and there is widespread damage and much work to be done. Many people have lost everything and a number of roads in Northern Colorado will be closed well into 2014. There is much to be rebuilt here and donations are badly needed and greatly appreciated. Below are a few links to organizations that are accepting donations for flood relief, providing updates, and also a schedule of benefit concerts for flood relief, some of which have already taken place:

The Red Cross, Colorado chapter

And the Red Cross blog, providing a list of resources – check here for the latest updates.

This is a link to the Colorado Flood Foundation whose sole purpose is to raise at least $100,000 or more for the victims in a 4 county region. They are hosting a music event on October 17 in Loveland; 100% of the proceeds raised through the website and this event go directly to flood victims… so please support them. They’re based in Longmont which was heavily damaged by the floods.

And if you’re in the Front Range, check out this link to Westword for a complete list of upcoming benefit concerts here for flood victims and support them. All proceeds go to flood relief.

Hopefully, everyone who has been affected by the floods of 2013 will recover very quickly.

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Heading up I-70 west, snow on the Divide…

It’s Saturday, last one in September. We’re taking a break from the “Breaking Bad” marathon (many of the episodes we missed) and heading up to the high country on I-70, back to my old stomping grounds – Clear Creek County and the old mining towns of Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. Cool temps and not a cloud in the sky…

We have moved into fall now and it’s the annual ritual of going up into the mountains in search of fall colors because… that’s what we do here in CO. It seems to be happening later in the season this year, in part because of all the rain we’ve had recently, but this is what we found on our drive…

Avalanche chute west of Empire...
Avalanche chute west of Empire, heading up US 40…
Fall colors...
Fall colors…
On the way to Jones Pass...
On the way to Jones Pass…
Looking up to the Divide, the effects of the wind blowing the new snow...
Looking up to the Divide, the effects of the wind blowing the new snow from this past week…
On the Jones Pass road...
On the Jones Pass road…
Coming through the tiny village of Berthoud Falls on US 40...
Coming through the tiny village of Berthoud Falls on US 40…
Next, it's on to the town of Silver Plume, just above Georgetown...
Next, it’s on to the town of Silver Plume, just above Georgetown off of I-70…
Aspen leaves...
Aspen leaves… (be sure and click on the image for the close-up)
Walking down a dirt road in Silver Plume on a perfect fall day...
Walking down a dirt road in Silver Plume on a perfect fall day…
Architectural millwork from the 19th century... This used to be a bakery up until the late 1990's... the microbrew, Silver Plume Brewing Co., used to be up the block...
Architectural design work from the 19th century… This used to be a bakery up until the late 1990’s… the microbrew, Silver Plume Brewing Co., used to be up the block…
A river runs through it... Clear Creek as it flows through Silver Plume - probably doesn't look much different than it did 100 years ago...
A river runs through it… Clear Creek as it flows through Silver Plume – probably doesn’t look a whole lot  different than it did 100 years ago…
Looking east through town...
Looking east through town…
Ski fences in Silver Plume... these are cool; I want one...
Ski fences in Silver Plume… these are cool; I want one…
Ski season is not that far away... A-Basin and Loveland open next month...
Ski season is not that far away… A-Basin and Loveland open next month…
Erin in Silver Plume... Yes, the train still runs up here - the Georgetown Loop Railroad (narrow gauge) runs all summer and into the fall...
And there’s Erin… Yes, the train still runs up here – the Georgetown Loop Railroad (narrow gauge) runs all summer and into the fall…

The "wagon wheel" waterfall in Idaho Springs from just outside the Vintage Moose...
The “wagon wheel” waterfall in Idaho Springs from just outside the Vintage Moose… ahhh, the Vintage Moose – perfect little laid-back place to stop in for a draft beer when I-70 eastbound into Denver is a parking lot and Beau Jo’s [Pizza] is insanely packed with tourists during ski season.
NoV News: I have been in the studio since the end of last month recording new tracks. New song titles added to the NoV catalog: “Infinity Pool,” “Bliss in Blue,” and currently finishing up “Heliotropic.” I should have one of them finished and up online by the end of next month.

Until next time…

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"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

Another Day in Paradox,” the third and new album from Nights on Venus is available now on CD and as digital download (MP3) on CDBabyiTunesBandcampAmazoneMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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