3 Hours of Records…

There is an advantage to moving my turntables and sound upstairs, I get to listen to more music as I’m not down in the studio being anti-social.  The drawback is my studio is all the way across the house and down one floor; so I just play the records that are sitting upstairs that I bring up occassionally.  This makes making genrefied mixes a little difficult because I don’t have the record stacks at my fingertips and running up and down stairs makes djing a bit more difficult. So, before I moved this selection of records back downstairs, I recorded some.

So here are a couple of mixes (about 3 hours worth) that I did with a little bit of everything genre-wise.  Enjoy!

dj davealex -04/24/2010 Mix Adj davealex - 04/24/2010 Mix A davealex – 4/24/2010 Mix A (54:32)

dj davealex -04/24/2010 Mix Bdj davealex - 04/24/2010 Mix B davealex – 4/24/2010 Mix B (2:05:16)

April 22, 2010 Douglas & Arapahoe County

What an interesting early start to the chase season. I knew that the weather was going to get good out on the plains, but due to Hunter being sick didn’t think I was going to go out. After talking with Hunter and getting him to the doctor with meds, we needed to stay low profile so we decided for Hunter to watch movies all day…what is the difference between watching them in bed or in the back seat? So we decided to chase.

We picked up the storm in Castle Rock and while heading east on Hwy 86 the cell was tornado warned. To get in front of it we raced north on Hwy 83 (Parker Road) and finally started getting hit by hail near Parker. The traffic was really slow so I took a detour off of Hilltop and headed east.

Radar in Parker - TOR warned cell

Radar in Parker

Looking east as we got out in front of the storm we saw some serious inflow with lots of swirling going on.  I got a call from Scott Bennett, a chaser I met last year during the June 15th storm in Elbert County, who happened to be watching under this inflow at the end of Singing Hills, so we met up and chased the storm through the deep hail.  Scott ended up heading back to work at Strausburg.

Inflow east of Parker

Inflow east of Parker

Near Dear Trail I heard of the cell having a confirmed tornado, but I only saw some swirls in the clouds at that time.  We needed to get in front of the storm moving basically N-NE and so we took 71 north out of Last Chance to Woodrow and then west on CR 29.  Here we saw the storm just after it swallowed another cell and went linear.

Bow of Squall Line

Bow of the Squall Line

Here are a couple other views of the storm west of Woodrow before calling it a day.  What a great EARLY start to the Colorado chase season!  We ended up getting 20″+ of snow the next morning, then another 12″+ the next night, and about 3″ the following night!  Spring is finally here!

Looking SW of Woodrow

Looking SW of Woodrow

Hunter had a great time and did a lot of the computer work for me with the radar!  Nice to have the help!

Hunter and the storm

Hunter and the storm

And with most early spring strong low pressure systems, we have a surprise the next day!

20"+ of Heavy Wet Snow

April 23 Snow

North Table Mountain Zeolites Field Trip

On Saturday April 17th, 2010 the whole family, along with my dad, went on a hike to North Table Mountain open space in search of Zeolites along with the Flatirons Mineral Club, led and special thanks goes out to Dennis Gertenbach for his organizing this trip.  I had done some reading on what to expect but this was my first hard-rock pounding experience.

We did the 3/4 mile trail and ascended 700 feet up to the Southeastern Quarry.  We overlooked both buildings that I worked at Coors so many years ago so the mountain was definitely familiar; but I had no idea that you could hike on this land (I thought it was private still) and had no clue what I could have been doing during lunch each day!  Once we got up to the Quarry, I immediately noticed the nice bricks that were piled up on the front of the hill and was amazed that folks could actually somehow carve out those shapes from the boulders that were all around.  I would love to know more about how folks do this.

Immediately we started to see crystals in the rocks and it didn’t take long to find what we were after.  Hunter and Daphne started finding rocks right away with cool crystals; and my dad continued with the luck of the Irish and immediately found a large boulder with several exposed vugs that he started working.

Later in the morning my dad was pounding away at his large boulder at a crack he found and ended up splitting the boulder and exposing a new vug.  Inside was some amazing Thomsonite, Chabazite and Analcime crystals.  There also was an interesting black crystal that we still have not identified.  I ended up finding some cool crystals but eventually started to work on the nice pieces my dad was pulling off of the boulder.  There was no way we could carry the big pieces down so I started to work on downsizing into more manageable sized pieces.

After a couple of hours it started to rain and we decided to head down and have lunch.  We ended up with some great crystals and this is a spot I definitely want to go back to in the future!  With a larger sledgehammer next time!

Here was the nice piece that came from the vug my dad found.  Thomsonite, Chabazite and Analcime.

Here is an Analcime crystal.

Here is some more Analcime crystals as part of a vug.

Some Thomsonite on Analcime.

Here is the vug that my dad broke into.

And the other side of the small vug…

Several folks have asked me how to get to this Quarry.  It is on Jefferson County open space which has different rules for Rockhounding than BLM or National Forest, so do your research first.  When I went with this club they had obtained special permission through the County to rockhound in the area.  If you read the link I’ve provided, you will see that you need a permit to collect:

http://jeffco.us/parks/rules-and-regulations/natural-resources-collection/ 

C.7. Collection of Natural Resources

It shall be unlawful to take, collect, gather, or possess any animal, vegetation, rock, wood or any other object on Open Space lands.

Fine: $100.00

NOTE:  This area is riddled with Rattlesnakes!  BE CAREFUL!  This was just a baby snake, but they are just as poisonous, and like all other young animals they tend to be a little more unpredictable!

Rattlesnake in the trail on North Table Mountain

Rattlesnake in the trail on North Table Mountain

Where I’ve always parked in on Easley Road off of West 44th Avenue.  I’ve gotten onto West 44th from Hwy 58 (Golden Fwy) to McIntyre to 44th.  You will pass the Colorado Railroad Museum (which is worth a stop) on your way.  You’ll walk west along the on ramp to Hwy 58 and then hop on the trail marked with the arrow, you’ll see it on your right.

Parking area for North Table Mountain Quarry trailhead

Parking area for North Table Mountain Quarry trailhead on Easley Road

You will see the trailhead in the above map; you walk West up the hill until you run into the North Table Loop.  When you intersect with this trail you will double back and head East.  This will take you right to the Quarry.  Have fun, be safe, and ensure you have permission to Rockhound by calling the Jefferson County offices.

Directions to North Table Mountain Quarry

Directions to North Table Mountain Quarry

And note, it gets VERY HOT and windy up here.  When I’ve done the hike it is in April or May.  Take a lot of water and drink it!  It’s definitely a hike and the wind will dry you out too!