Life in Colorado

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FastMan, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    For you guys who are feeling the heat at work these days, here's a visual for you. I was cutting grass today, and my string trimmer was throwing snow on me as I trimmed up to left over foot deep piles from last nights snow fall.

    After landscaping back East for many years, this was a new one for me mid June. We ain't in Kansas anymore, Toto!
     
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    It sure looks beautiful up there. I've been through Colorado but never got to see Pike Peak. I understand you had a bad drought there a while back?
     
  3. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is beautiful here, Tacoma. I have to pinch myself everyday, I feel so lucky to live here. I love the mountains. Pikes Peak looms large in all it's splendor, right out the picture window of our house. I've been out here 3 years. When we first arrived Colorado was in the midst of a multi year drought. Since then that major drought has broken. We've had two very wet years and a dry one. This year it's quite wet, reenforcing that desire I had for the volocity deck.

    Thing is, even with the rain, the air is so dry the grass drys out quickly once it stops, and there's hardly ever any dew on the grass in the morning. So while it would be nice, the volocity may not be as much of a necessity as in the East. I struggled through Buffalo weather doing landscaping for 20 years, so I have a good handle on the contrast.
     
  4. tacoma200

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    Oh man, Buffalo! I used to drive a truck and got a sick feeling every time they sent me to the North East. Met some great people but from Pennsylvania, New Jersey area all the way to Maine was a nightmare in a big truck. At least Buffalo was flat, but the interstate going to Albany (90?) cost a fortune. New York and New England have some beautiful places but getting there was a nightmare for me. And Winter, love those lake effect snows. I bet you do love Colorado.
     
  5. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey I like Kansas!
     
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Been there too. Corn, grass, corn, grass, grass, corn, barn, farm house, corn. That will save some of you a trip. :laugh:

    Just joking KCfireman.:)
     
  7. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's a good thing I live in Kansas City. I do like goin out to western kansas. Beautiful country out there.
     
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes it is, I love the plains. Just joking with you there. I think I saw where Custard had been, lots of pheasants, big farms, etc. That is one thing I liked about driving a truck a few years. I really appreciated how beautiful this country is, and met lots of nice people. I kept waiting to meet a rude person in NY state or NYC but actually they were great also. I can remember being on some isolated road out west and just shutting the truck off on the shoulder of the road. No lights, no sounds, just a big sky full of stars. It doesn't get any better than that, for me anyway. Saw a few elk and antelope also, New Mexico I think. Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, etc it's all beautiful in it's own way.
     
  9. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love to go storm spotting in central kansas. You can't believe the size of these t-storms that form out there.
     
  10. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep, your memory was correct,,, the thruway from Buffalo to Albany was 90.

    I was on that thing every weekend during the winter, taking the team to ski races. 81 from Syracuse to Watertown was the worst. Frequent whiteouts as the storms came off the lake. Don't miss those drives, with a van full of racers under my guard.

    It was treacherous for truckers too, those roads. Over the years I saw more jackknifed trucks off the road than I can count. Even had one going sideways down the highway right in front of me, until it finally headed off the road and flipped. I empathize with your hesitation back then to do that assignment.

    The winters out here seem tropical in comparison. It's a well kept secret out here how mild they are on the front range. Yep, I'm glad to be out here!
     
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