The Cardesians invade CO!!

This past week Melissa and I had the great honor of being invited to the union of 2 of my favorite people on the planet! Jenny and Matt threw down one of the most serious wedding’s I’ve ever been a part of and it was one hell of a good time!

The wedding and associated events were held in Grand Lake CO, with the main event at the Grand Lake Lodge. The natural backdrop was breathtaking and I can see why they chose this place.

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The wedding itself took place on a pretty picturesque cliff with the apex overlooking the lake and Shadow mountain (real name). The ever unique Chris Lane officiated and did one hell of a job. It takes a lot of hard work to make a wedding ceremony entertaining and funny while not removing any of the importance from what is happening but he managed to pull it off quite well. If you’re reading this Lane, good job buddy, you killed it.

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While not doing wedding stuff, everyone seems to have managed to take a hike and see what CO had to offer. Melissa and I headed to Adam’s Falls and took in the sights.

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Elevation was a factor and people were reporting varying levels of trouble with it. Luckily we weren’t hit too bad but you could definitely feel the difference.

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Unfortunately Melissa had to leave for work but the last night in CO was organized to be a trek out to RedRocks to see Widespread Panic. Anyone who knows me knows that I have been avoiding this type of show for as long as I’ve known Jenny and this clan who lovingly refer to themselves as “the Freaks.” But, this was Jenny’s big day and it was RedRocks, so who cares what kind of show it is, I’m in!

To give you an example of how much I’ve been avoiding this type of thing, at one point they bought me a ticket to Bear Creek, and I was intending on going until Lane, out of the kindness of his heart, made me a CD of some of the music that would be featured at the show. Upon delivery of this CD I asked him “are there any songs on here longer than 7 minutes?” to which, he replied, happily “Almost all of them!” Which was followed by me promptly throwing the CD in the nearest trash can and ordering that my ticket be sold.

This, on the other hand, is RedRocks! So I couldn’t pass up the event, and Jenny would have killed me if I sat this one out. RedRocks as a place to be, alone, will have an effect on your person. The view is unrivaled and Denver CO sits in the background to remind you how far you are from normalcy. The crew was pretty big, I count at least 50 but the bus count was closer to 60. That’s a lot of cats to heard…

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The band played, everyone had a good time and the party continued into the night as we all got rounded up for the 2 hour ride back to the lodge.

In all, I think the main thing I have to say is thank you. Thank you for inviting us. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such an important event. And thanks for the belly laughs and good times.

Cheers to the Cardesians!!

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