This morning found us pulling out of Oklahoma City in some cold weather. With the front through the area, it was in the low 30s when we pointed the Acadia westward.
As we got closer to Amarillo, we began to see signs of yesterday’s snow. From what we heard, they got about four inches, which is somewhat unusual for them during this time of the year. With snow on the ground, we had to stop at the Cadillac Ranch. Ordinarily, we would’ve gone down to the Caddies, but the snow had been melting all morning, and the path was miserably sloppy. We didn’t even try to get down there. Still, it was beautiful to see the fields with snow still dusting them.
And with Christmas stuff on the shelves already, this image just seemed to be appropriate!
Well, I couldn’t hold out, and stopped by Mozingo Music on the way home from work, picking up my new guitar.
This beauty is a Takamine EF740SGN acoustic/electric. Cedar top, mahogany back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard… It looks like a well-worn friend, straight out of the case. (BTW, a hardshell case was included with it. There’s some value!)
It’s definitely got a different feel from my Yamaha. The Takamine is an “OM” (Orchestral Model) body style, versus the straight dreadnought style of the Yamaha. So what does this mean? Well, the Yamaha is very boomy with thick tones, while the Takamine is brassy and clear. Both are great sounding, but are definitely different.
I also like the neck a tick better on the Takamine. I believe the neck may be just a little thinner front-to-back, and it just seems to feel better in my hand as a result. And with the thinner body, it’s really comfortable sitting on my lap as I play.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled. It’s a beautiful instrument, and Mozingo took good care of me, as they have through my this whole experience of taking on the six-string. This is gonna be fun!
At the condo, we found a kids game with letter tiles. Someone left a cryptic message on the counter with ’em!
I drove through Milner Pass at Rocky Mountain National Park, and had to stop and look at this glacially carved area. Poudre Lake sits at about 10,700 feet, and was wonderfully clear the day I visited.
Near Rabbit Ear Pass, I found this line of Aspens glowing in the afternoon sunlight. They were almost electric in color; in black and white, they are stunning!
Becky and I hiked to Adams Falls near Grand Lake CO. Unfortunately, it was near midday, so the light was really harsh. Once I got back with my images, I found this one, and thought it felt much nicer with an antique look to it.
On the grounds at Berthoud Pass, there’s a warning about blasting that could happen to lessen the potential for an avalanche. Folks that have stopped there have decorated the sign with all kinds of stickers, making the sign that much more interesting!
While camping near Branson MO, I saw this stump with a hatchet buried in it for safekeeping. It looked kinda lonely, so I placed a “work in progress” bottle of Jack Daniels on the stump with it.
At lunch, I found this little bird that had lost his battle with a very large pickup truck. It’s all about weight ratios…