So this will be the second year I have made it up to Nederland for this fun event called Frozen Dead Guy Days. An event that includes a Hearse parade, coffin races, a costume polar plunge, live music, and craft beer does not leave room to disappoint. This quirky little town can get down celebrating a guy preserved on ice!
If you're wondering why the heck there would be an event that almost sounds like it should be on Halloween in the middle of March, I'll give you the short run down (and let me know if I have this wrong. It seems like it's too crazy to be true). 1989, a Norwegian man brought his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstølto, to the US to store him on dry ice in a California cryonics facility. 1993, he and his mother brought Bredo to Nederland, CO to keep him in their backyard shed on dry ice (where he still currently remains!?). And since 2002, the tiny town (population of 1,446 teeny tiny) becomes a huge weekend long celebration to pay homage to their unique resident.
For more info the on FDGD event, visit their official website here or for more on the frozen Bredo Morstøl, Wikipedia
This year, Kay brewed a collaboration beer with Jeff Green of Very Nice Brewing Company and they tapped the beer during FDGD. A Cherry Saison! It was delicious. They got to talk about on the radio with the guys from Colorado Craft Beer Show AM 760, so that was pretty cool! Hopefully we will hear the whole interview on their website soon.
Twisted Pine Brewing Company also participated in the coffin race for the first time this year, but were paired up with the 5 year reigning champions for the first heat so they didn't make it too far in the competition. My favorite team theme was The Cereal Killers, all dressed as cereal mascots (Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, Trix Rabbit, Captain Crunch, etc)!
Here are just a few more photos from FDGD, and some friends we ran into.
These last 2 images are candids I took of some free spirited ladies that were sitting next to us. That would be cool if anyone in Boulder/Nederland recognizes them so I could give them a print! It's always a bummer when you don't bring business cards…
It's easy to miss the beach and the always-warm-weather of Florida in these recent snow storms. It's also to easy to miss seafood in a land locked state during, well, all times of the year...
Kay and I got to take a break from our mild* winter and put on our flip flops! At the end of February we traveled to FL for our friend Amber and Jared's gorgeous beach wedding. The wedding was located in my hometown, so it was a perfect excuse for a much needed vacation.
I took advantage of the eating all the Cuban, seafood, and Italian Publix subs I could get my hands on. Frolicked on the beach. Relaxed outside in the sunshine. Danced our butts off at wedding! Caught up with old friends. Drank FL beer (Cigar City, I miss you!). And spent quality time with my family and pup.
It was wonderful and I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of my friends (and eat more fish, dang it!)
*everyone keeps saying that this has been a "mild winter" ...I wish they'd stop saying that. It's enough wintery for me.