Gearing up for warm weather


For some of us when spring rolls around, it means that it’s time to get the wrenches out and tune up whatever we happen to ride for fun during the warm weather.

I have spent the last two weeks up to my elbows in grease and all kinds of slimy engine fluids getting my motorcycle ready. It’s kind of a pain, but once it’s done, the feeling I get when I’m are back on the road again is priceless.

But for some people, working on their vehicles is more than just a seasonal thing, it’s a full-time hobby. Here in Golden we get to see the fruits of those labors all summer long as we have become something of a Mecca for car and hot rod enthusiasts.

It’s the Colorado School of Mines 20th anniversary E-days Car Show that will be happening on the CSM campus in Golden from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

They say that all cars, trucks and even motorcycles are welcome, so if you have something fun that you want to enter, then just contact Jake Krapes at or call 513-477-1631 for more information. Entry fee is $15, or $10 for students and veterans.

There will be trophies and door prizes, plus music will be provided by Downtown Van Jeffries Mobile Rock and Roll Show.

Now get busy, it’s time to download that entire “Best of the 60s” song collection into your personal music device so you can cue up “Little Deuce Coupe” and “GTO” when you need to.

Colorado Mountain Club ...
plenty of things to do

There’s nothing to do around here

I heard that statement from a teenager who recently moved here from somewhere back east. I have also heard that from some newly arrived adults in the area who didn’t really know anyone yet and seemed a little lost in Colorado. While there can be a limited number of ways to meet people outside of the workplace in other areas, here in Golden there is one place, one building that has more to offer than any other place in the world that I have ever heard of. It’s the American Mountaineering Center, home of the Colorado Mountain Club.

What is 3,000 divided by 365? It’s about 8.21. That’s the average number of events this club hosts per day in Colorado, all year long. Everything from hikes, to climbs to workshops to exhibits to film festivals, if you can do it in the mountains, you will find some activity connected to it in the CMC.

Spring is an excellent time to look into joining this club. You will be oriented and all set for the summer once the warm weather begins. This club boasts about 10,000 members in the area. You want to meet some fun and active people of all ages? This is the place. Want to learn where secret trails are in Rocky Mountain National Park? This is the club that built them, and they know where to hike there to get away from the crowds.

Do yourself a favor and go check out or just drop by the American Mountaineering Center on the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue. They will be more than happy to show you around.

Now, go take a hike.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production.


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