random thoughts for tuesday june 18th, 2013

I’M BACK….the COLORADO vacation is history….and it was awesome…..and i guarantee you one thing….

****AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, I WILL LIVE IN COLORADO…..love that state…love that region….


i’ll give you some details after i talk about my favorite place, and the sponsor of this blog, PIERSON FORD IN ABERDEEN…..i cannot beleive how much the inventory has changed since i have been gone…..one of the great things about PIERSON FORD is the fact that they carry about every make and model you can imagine…..so, if you’re looking for a pre-owned CHEVY, DODGE, CHRYSLER, HONDA, TOYOTA, or whatever else, stop and see us first….and, of course, we carry the best line of vehicles in the world…FORD….we have the F-150’S, F-250’S, F-350’S, EDGES, TAURUS, FOCUS, FUSION, FIESTAS, and many many more….

***speaking of the FORD FIESTA, which i own, i wanted to tell you a story…..we took my FIESTA to COLORADO, and spent…are you ready for this?  UNDER TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS IN GAS DURING THE ENTIRE TRIP….that’s from our garage, to COLORADO, all over the state and back to our garage….we had around 37-47 miles per gallon out there…amazing…..see the FIESTAS and many more today at PIERSON FORD in ABERDEEN….


check out the inventory at:  http://piersonford.com/

call us at 1-800-627-1237….

stop by and see us in the auto plaza in ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA…we would LOVE to see you….


okay, onto the trip….the first day we traveled to NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA…..i love this city…i could easily live there…..but, i suck at picking hotels in this town….this is the third year we have stayed there, and the third year of picking a crappy hotel….you may remember last year’s hotel where i didn’t know if we would live thru the night…ha ha….well, this year was a little bit better, but was totally worn down, needed paint…rooms stunk, and just overall looked horrible……..but, we did have a great meal at RUBY TUESDAY’S in NORTH PLATTE….

the second day, we made it to COLORADO….



and, of course, the weather was INCREDIBLE…and back home it was raining…so i had to have a little fun with everyone back home…..


day two started out with an incredible visit to my wife’s cousins house to visit her cousin and his wife….we have a powerful spiritual talk, which seems to always happen in COLORADO….then it was off to ESTES PARK, COLORADO….. we stayed at the luxurious STANLEY HOTEL, which is where STEPHEN KING wrote “THE SHINING.”



another movie that was filmed partially at the STANLEY HOTEL?  “DUMB AND DUMBER”….that’s right…remember the scenes where JIM CARREY was in the bar dressed in a cowboy getup?  remember when they had those GOD awful suits on?  those scenes were filmed where we were staying….

Dumb and Dumber tuxedos


inside the bar is the famous newspaper headline that is used in the movie…..



one thing my wife and i will NEVER EVER do again, is travel the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK route…..



we were TERRIFIED….the roads are not as wide, and the ditches drop off like 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet in places…WITH NO GUARD RAILS….we were white-knuckling it all the way……and i’m not kidding….we were scared silly and kept wondering, “how the heck can anyone enjoy this trip by looking out the windows?”  we had to pull over to see things….

like snow….LOTS OF IT UP IN THE MOUNTAINS…..check out this picture of me standing next to a wall of snow…..(but it was melting fast.)



after that, it was off to BUENA VISTA, COLORADO to stay at the pastor’s retreat up in the mountains…the owners and hosts of the place, KEVIN AND JULIE, are truly remarkable….and are definetly gifts from GOD….their visits and talks helped change us……

while there, my gorgeous wife and i did some hiking…WAY UP in the mountains…..you can see in the next picture how far we went, and how close we came to the top….




after three days of paradise, we headed into COLORADO SPRINGS and had a blast…..we visited with friends who are originally from the HECLA area…and we had supper at their house with one of the most beautiful women in my church in HECLA, who recently moved to COLORADO SPRINGS to be near family…it was a glorious day….

we also visited the U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER….here i am after i won the gold in “goofing off.”



and then, the next day it was off to DENVER….this would be our final stop before heading home……we had a blast with our wonderful niece AMY….we went to COORS FIELD and watched the COLORADO ROCKIES lose to the PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES….but, we were excited, because one of our favorite MINNESOTA TWINS players now plays for the ROCKIES…it’s MICHAEL CUDDYER…..he played pretty good, except for striking out when they needed him in the 9th inning…oh well, that’s how the game is played…….

here we are at the field….



they even handed out FREE T-SHIRTS when we walked in..BONUS!!!



and here we are enjoying the game…



on saturday we drove 14 hours straight to get home…that went actually pretty quickly, but it drained us…….

here’s the deal…I HAD A BLAST WITH MY WIFE….we LOVE COLORADO…and if i’m not living in COLORADO two years from now, i’ll be disappointed….it’s definetly where i want to retire……


alright, thanks for listening….another “real blog” will be coming up this week….



Author: jaydeanhcr

Jay Dean spent 30 years in the radio business working morning shows and having fun on the air. Jay is now the host/creator of a very popular radio show called “Country Legends Jukebox.” Jay also helps out ministering at two churches in the area. Jay is at St. John's Lutheran in Hecla, SD, and Trinity Lutheran in Houghton, SD. Jay is blessed to have his beautiful wife Jeannie by his side, and received the two greatest gifts he could ever receive in his sons Tyler and Mitchell. Jay's interests including listening to classic country music, including his favorite Hank Williams, SR., and watching his beloved Washington Redskins and Minnesota Wild.

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