Saturday, May 27, 2017

Alpine Slide & Hot Springs Pool Glenwood Springs

My trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado started with an Amtrak Colorado Zephyr train ride from Union Station in Denver to Glenwood Springs which took almost 7 hours, whooo! Long ride but worth it.

Amtrak Colorado Zephyr Rear View
Exiting the Moffat Tunnel
The Moffat tunnel is the nation's longest train tunnel at 6.2 miles names after Colorado railroad pioneer David Moffat.

The hot springs pool is interesting. There is that sulfurous smell (you get used to it) but the water is soooo warm. Especially for being outdoors in the middle of the rocky mountains. The hot hot springs pool is 104°!

Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs
Now on to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park which is an amusement park on top of a mountain along with natural caves to tour. First we started with a cave tour.

Glenwood Caverns Wild Cave Tour
But in order to get up to the caves and the amusement park you first have to take the tram up to the top of the mountain.

Tram starting point
Here's a view when the tram gets toward the top of the mountain.

Tram at the top
One crazy ride is the swings. Not because the swings are crazy or anything but when they go off the side of the mountain it's like you are flying because it's over a 2,000 foot drop to the river and land below. The view is AMAZING!! The same can be said of the Cliffhanger roller coaster which is right above the swings and when you're at the top of it you get the same amazing view for a second.

Swings over the Rocky Mountains in Glenwood Springs
I rode the Alpine Slide more than any other ride. It was my favorite. Here's a video.

Alpine Slide POV in Mountains 

If you ever find yourself looking for a fun adventurous mountain trip you might want to checkout Glenwood Springs!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser Trailer! #LukeSkywalker

It's finally here! The trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi has arrived and I have to tell you, I can't wait for more! The trailer confirms the return of Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe, BB-8, Finn and of course, Luke Skywalker, who's voice is the first one we hear telling Rey to "breath, just breath."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

The most chilling aspect is near the end when Luke says, "I only know one true. It's time for the end." Oh snap! What? This is actually not much of a surprise. However, consider this from The Force Awakens. "If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise." ―Supreme Leader Snoke to Kylo Ren and General Armitage Hux.

So why does Luke want the Jedi to end? That's the million dollar question right? Luke's journey to search the history of the Jedi has led him to some interesting conclusions. We know the chosen one was supposed to bring balance to the Force. Does this balance mean between Light and Dark side or something else?

I think the best bet is that Luke is the last of the Jedi as we know it and he trains Rey in a new direction based on everything he has learned. My biggest hope for this film are two things - 1. That Luke Skywalker is just awesome, Force awesome lightsaber awesome you name it and 2. That Luke doesn't die, especially at the hands of Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UNC National Champions: Roy Williams the GOAT

By now everybody knows that the University of North Carolina won the National Championship last night beating Gonzaga 71-65 but it begs the question: Is Roy Williams the greatest NCAA basketball coach of all-time?

Good question and I think it's an easy YES.

Roy Williams Head Coach North Carolina Tar Heels

Williams record speaks for itself. Gonzaga came out firing last night and led what had to be %95 of the first half. North Carolina's shooting was off as they shot right around %30 but then the second half came and you could tell something had changed. Down by 7 several times they kept coming back. With under a minute to go the Tar Heels took the lead and I could tell they weren't going to let it go.

Dean Smith may have 63 more wins than Williams, but Williams has one more national championship on is belt.

Congratulations Tar Heels "you smell like success!" - Odell Beckham Jr.