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Telluride Bluegrass Festival

We spent Thursday at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival with thousands of partying people.  The amphitheater was packed and people had claimed their spots by sitting in line for hours, and in many cases overnight.  We lucked out again--Scott Dozier's gang of friends had staked out a space with a big blue tarp about 200 feet in front of center stage and invited us to join them.  We got there in time to hear Josh Ritter, the Dave Rawlings Machine (with Gillian Welch), the Del McCoury Band and Allison Krause and Union Station with Dan Timinsky (of "Man of Constant Sorrow" fame).  Our ikids had hooked up with a local gang of pre-teens, and spent the day answering Vickie's cell phone check-up calls telling her they didn't need more sunscreen, or their sweatshirts for when it got cold, or some heatlhy food, or water to stay hydrated.    We stood in line to say hi to Gillian Welch (Orphan Girl) and David Rawlings and get their autograph, and although I wanted to ask them why he now gets top billing and she doesn't, I resisted the temptation. 
We got back to the house around 11:00 with aching feet from walking, sore backs from standing, red faces and parched lips from the unfiltered 9,000-foot-elevation sun (despite our sunscreen), and an urgent need for sleep--it was a perfect festival day.

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