So, I gave you hints yesterday about how monstrous today would be.
Well, Today started off in Clifton CO and we headed north out of there up HWY 139 and then across HWY 40 to Vernal UT. This is a spectacular drive if you are not a type A+ personality in a hurry. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry and misbeHaven made me check my A+ at the door before vacation started. The drive through the mountains had all sorts of 15MPH switchbacks and views that were just breathtaking. Once we got to Vernal, we were there in search of Ogres! We found one at Basin Sports. If you ever need anything sports related, shooting, archery, hunting, camping whatever, and you are in Utah, You need to go see the folks there. They know of what they speak. The main reason for us to go there was to meet up with George Hill, Better known on the interwebs as MadOgre. We went out to lunch for,,, wait for it,,, Mexican Food. Yeah, like were gonna find good TexMex in the middle of Utah. Well, it really was pretty good. Have to say we were surprised. As for visiting with George, YARP, that would be TXGunGeek and MadOgre behind a Barret .50. How cool of a store has 1800 or so guns in stock including not just one .50cal!!!! There is another on the rack behind us farther down. They got your tactical coach guns and all sorts of cool goodies. Good thing I didn't have an extra credit card in my pocket! Just not a wide enough lens to capture the awesomeness that is Basin Sports. And they have the Ogre and a really well balanced staff that can pretty much answer any question you might have.
For those of you gunnies that don't have a geek card, the T-Shirt, you can get them from Tripp Research, is 1911 in binary and John Moses Browning, the greatest gun designer to ever live. And if the name Tripp Research means anything to you, think the T in STI makers of the most awesomenest 1911 style pistol ever. My limited gun and practice .22 gun are both built on STI frames but my open .38super (GUNRACER) is built on a Tripp Research frame from before STI was STI.
BUT WAIT, there's more!
So, from Vernal, we headed west to Ogden UT for our hotel for the night. Once we finally got there we checked in and I asked for a ground floor room with parking lot access. It's easier to unload and load guns form the truck to the room if they are close. Well, the only ground floor king rooms were on the back of the hotel and faced the Rail Road tracks. The woman at the counter then asked us to hold on a minute, there may be a way. Since I am Platinum with this chain from my previous life of a roadwhore in the semiconductor industry, they upgraded us to a suite. This is such a cool room, including our own hot tub, separate kitchenette and dining area, living room and bedroom.
BUT WAIT, there's even more!!!
So, once we got checked in, I made a phone call to see about dinner plans. Se, the greater SLC area happens to also be home to the one and only Monster Hunter International, Larry Correia. We drove down to meet up with Larry and his family and have dinner and visit. What an wonderful guy and family. We also got him to autograph our copy of the self published version of MHI. He said to stash that one away as they are going for some pretty ridiculous sums on EBay.
So, now we are back at the hotel and getting settled in for the night. For tomorrow, WE GO DARK. We'll be up in the mountains of Montana with no internet access, news, phone, electricity, etc. When we make it down off the mountain for supplies in town, we may be able to hit a hotspot and check in or post a few pictures of that. Otherwise, it will have to wait till we get home as the drive home is planned in a mad dash.
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