The little "tourism" book that every hotel room has contained basically page after page of one activity for visitors to FoCo (yep, that's how we abbreviate it): beer and bike tours. It's a little odd considering that you can still get a DUI on a bike (at least I'm assuming you can since apparently you can get a DUI on a horse...I've never actually taken the time to look it up).
For those who don't know, Fort Collins is the undisputed beer capital of Colorado.
It's also one of the most bike friendly towns in America...which also means that a vast majority of our bike racks look this this.
Yes, Colorado recently "entered a higher state" (which is misreported on Wikipedia as being Colorado's slogan...the slogan is actually "It's our nature"). However, the main problem has only been debates over who gets the tax dollars from retail sales. Other than squabbling over who gets the extra money, life has pretty much continued on as usual.
...and "life as usual" in Fort Collins, as I discovered over the past 466 days, is....
1 - Severe weather
Yeah, I thought I knew what this was after going through all those microbursts in Utah (during one of which my neighbor's house was struck by lightening...which gave the kid an AWESOME excuse for not having his homework finished the next day in school...only problem was he wasn't the "trust worthy" type, so the teacher didn't believe him). Yeah...I didn't....I had NO IDEA what severe weather was.
|That isn't snow...it's hail...after a storm in mid-June|
At I watched this storm unfold, I was very grateful that Bob's phone receives severe weather alerts...I was just hoping that the tornado warning would go out before cell phone towers were blown down.
Yeah, this isn't due to too many reefers. This forgetfulness extends back hundreds of years. In September 2013 (ironically enough, over Friday the 13th), Colorado made national news when a flood of biblical proportions hit NoCo (how we abbreviate Northern Colorado). Yet, you talk to anyone and they will say, "It never floods here!" Obviously they are forgetting the 1864 flood, the 1976 flood, and the 1997 flood (and more). Yep, despite the fact that "it never floods here" we still bought flood insurance.
3 - Apparently beer and bikes are a good mix
And despite the fact that we don't drink, we were too lazy to ride our bikes, and the most crazy thing I could come up with was a fo-hawk (which I think beats Bob's "costume"), we still went Tour De Fat too.