I failed my moped test the other day with the rental guys. You almost drive into a van in the parking lot and they yank that bad boy right out from under you. ATVs it was then. Santorini is beautiful, though it was good to get away from the crowds when we could. Today we're bumming around for the most part, and then we catch a fast ferry for Crete. We're in Crete for less time than we had hoped; the ferry and plane schedules didn't quite work out the way we wanted them to. So we're there for a full day, and then we're out on an early flight to London via Athens. Should be a pretty big change from the islands.
flights but we will arrive within a couple hours of each other.
Beth and I went backpacking over the weekend. Out campsite was great,
but over half of the trail wa open to 4wd travel, which was annoying.
We were going to hike a peak too, but the wind was gusting to 60 or so
ond the ridges on both days which made it tough to stand. Fortunately
our campsite down in the valley was well-protected.
We had some people over last night to celebrate, and today is pretty low-key. A. wants to hit a water park before we take off for Europe, and I may go backpacking for a couple days. Then we're off.
Now, back to studying.
The beer continues to improve; I've got the IPA, APA, Red, and Wheat all into bottles, along with a german hard cider that needs to clean up a little bit. I've also got a Scotch Ale, a Stout, and a Brown Ale in fermenters. The APA is fantastic; it's a clone of Mighty Arrow, the New Belgium summer seasonal. Great hop profile, nice body; good beer. I'm still waiting for the Red to even out a little; it's still a little overly sweet. Both the IPA and the Red were from pre-packaged kits; I think I'm going to do recipes that I've hunted down from now on.
No other big drama around here; I've been trying to bike to class as much as I can, though we just have a few of them left and then we're on our own to study. A random guy with a cape joined our group at the bar the other night, and we did not-fantastic at the local pub quiz (we need a deeper bench). Now I'm off to MN for a de-facto family reunion.
A. and I booked our tickets for our bar trip. We're flying into Amsterdam and out of London; staying in Europe for 22 or 23 days. We want to hit Greece and maybe France; flights through Easy Jet are pretty cheap, and it looks like we have somewhere to stay in London. Should be a good trip.
In other news, I wish people would quit stealing my stuff. Annie and I went down to the Santa Fe district for First Friday, when all of the galleries open up their new collections. While we were there, someone unbolted my bike seat and seatpost. They brought tools. Jerks. They've both been replaced, through the generouisity of friends and dropping some cash at REI.
I've been brewing some beer lately; I have both an IPA and a Red Ale in primary fermenters. I'm going to bottle the IPA later this week, and a couple of weeks after that it should be ready to drink (though technically it's beer as I type this). Brewing is quite a bit of fun; it's like cooking with a little bigger focus on procedure and chemistry. It's nice getting somewhat immersed in something new and trying to get a handle on, if not master, the technique. Next up is probably going to be a Gumball Head wheat beer clone. We'll see how it goes. It's helpful that there is a pretty well stocked homebrew store not far from REI.
That's most of the major news. I've been meeting some new friends in Denver and trying to reconnect with some of the old ones. A. and I have gotten into watching Friday Night Lights, and saw Terminator last night. So far, she's studying more than I am, though I'm ok with that so far. We've picked up and rehabbed furniture, and broke down and bought a new bed after the first one was too marshmallow-ey. So far, the apartment is working out great, and now it's time for cocktails.