Cripple Creek Colorado scenes and Block Party meetup by TheAlliance

Here it is — the post I promised a couple of weeks ago to wrap up the events and happenings at the Cripple Creek Steem meetup — the Block Party!

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Live "Pants are Optional" show

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This was so much fun to se @jayna 😍 Lovely pictures and I love The envirement and mansion. Such a beautiful place to be and The big rocks are a favorite 😉
But Nothing can compare to the many smiles and the love that shows in the pictures 💖
I'm so happy you guys had such a wonderful time and got meet each other in person, such blessing. Thank you for sharing this my friend and for the smiles 🤗🌺💖 much love!

08.07.2019 00:33

I’m so glad you enjoyed the vicarious experience, @saffisara!

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08.07.2019 00:39

I really did and I hope to meet you all soon 🤗💕

08.07.2019 11:37

Likewise, @saffisara!

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08.07.2019 12:34

I LOVE this post.
words can not express just how much.

I will try and find words later <3

08.07.2019 00:58

Oh I wanted to package up the whole entire weekend in a post, and it can’t be done! There was so much sharing of information, and everyone there brought something unique to the experience. I just hope the recap is meaningful to those who read this but weren’t able to be there.

08.07.2019 03:24


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08.07.2019 06:19

It was fun remembering all the fun and conversation. I love the picture of you from the last night. 😁

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08.07.2019 12:32

That face!

08.07.2019 18:18

Wow, colossal post! :)
and OMG you're very strong! 💪

08.07.2019 08:59

Ha ha. Thank you! It’s time my super powers became known. 😆

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08.07.2019 12:33

Looks like you guys know how to have fun. Great to see that you got to meet up with fellow Steemians.

08.07.2019 11:47

Thank you. Yes it was so fun!

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08.07.2019 19:27

This trip started and ended with you and I, so I really love this one. Ugh, I can't believe you guys got me to eat avocado, let alone kiss an ass! HAHAHAHAHA! O wow this was soo much fun. That one shot is cool you holding up the rock! Love you Jayna! Thanks for sharing your pix and p-o-v's with us. Much appreciated.

08.07.2019 17:51

At least no one can accuse you of not being open to new experiences! Thank you for being such a good sport, in addition to being an awesome organizer, community builder and everything else. 😆

It really was a blast. I’m so glad I got to be there.

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08.07.2019 19:29

And I'm happy you took the leap and made it out too! Love new family :P

08.07.2019 23:24

Thanks for sharing on Pimp Your Post Thursday

12.07.2019 15:47

The avocado..... I don't think I'll ever forget the look on your face 🥑🤪😲🤢

Hahahhahahahaha and yes.. she sure did get you to kiss that donkey's ass! Hahahahahhahaa

Fantastic time

.cannot wait til next year :)

16.07.2019 23:52

The things we wish we had a camera ready for🤣

17.07.2019 23:29

Hahahahahhahaa it was like... Thr most revolted face ever

And betrayal!!!!

Like.. how could you let me put that into my mouth!?!?


17.07.2019 23:32

Lmao you totally read my brain mode. Seriously was all like, "eewww, why did you do that to my taste buds!" And "what can you possibly find appealing about this flavor?"
Then again, I like smoked oysters, sardines and other odd stuffs

17.07.2019 23:37

Mmmmm is sooooo creamy and delicious!!!!

I LOVE avocados hahahaha

But... Cali girl 🙋

And oysters!?!?! How dare you speak a word against avocados when you eat that abomination!!!! Lololol

17.07.2019 23:46

Oysters, yes! Aphrodisiac and taste awesome! Kinda like chewy avocados 🤣

18.07.2019 00:30

Bleeeeeeechhhhhh!!! No. Way.

18.07.2019 00:31

Ha ha ha. You two have food issues! What a pair.

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18.07.2019 05:00

This is such a great post. It looks like you guys had an amazing time. I wish I didn’t have so much going on health wise lately and with the film I am currently working on. That would have been an awesome time to hang out with everyone.

08.07.2019 18:19

Sorry to hear about the health issues, @derangedvisions. It would be great to see you again! Are you planning on Bangkok? Regardless, be sure to set your sights on next June for the next Block Party.

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08.07.2019 19:24

Thanks. I felt I was present there.

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09.07.2019 02:48

Thank you, @sayee! That’s the best compliment!

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09.07.2019 04:11

The place looks amazing, beautiful decor. You guys really had an awesome time. It is so nice to meet up in these small groups. I intent to attend the Steemfest this year, wonder what's it's gonna be like :-)

09.07.2019 08:03

It will be great. You won’t regret it! I attended last year, and it was the experience of a lifetime!

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09.07.2019 09:05

Yes I am so excited and looking forward to :-)

09.07.2019 13:52


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Much love to you from all of us at @helpie!
Keep up the great work!


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09.07.2019 10:55

Thank you, @helpiecake!

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10.07.2019 16:37

I’m sorry I missed it but so glad you had such a great time! 💞 Love the pics!

09.07.2019 19:15

We missed you terribly, @katrina-ariel! And you lovely music. Next year...!

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12.07.2019 17:37

You covered so much of the weekend and it comes through how great it really was - and still, it was even greater than that. I am so glad that we finally got to meet!!

10.07.2019 15:31

Yes it was so much greater than that. It’s so hard to capture the fun and wonder of such a great event. So awesome meeting and hanging out with you too, @mariannewest.

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10.07.2019 16:43

this is so cool, and it's amazing to see pictures of other amazing steemians too. Nice work

11.07.2019 14:40

Thank you, @paulag. It’s always a blast when Steemians come together! 😁

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12.07.2019 17:38

very cool look at the Meetup Block Party!

thanks @enginewitty for presenting this at @pypt #pypt

12.07.2019 00:14

Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

12.07.2019 15:48

Oh yay, I’m so glad he shared the post!

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12.07.2019 17:34

Oh ya, my pleasure. Stroll down the lane and good documentation of sorts for the whole thing.

13.07.2019 00:24

The area is completely gorgeous! There is so much joy radiating from these photos, proof of how happy everyone at the Block Party was to be there together. It was a gathering that meant the world to everyone I've heard from.

I think my favorite is that you were all able to prepare and share a meal together. That's a family thing and so many great memories come from laughing and talking over good food with people you care about.

Thank you for sharing your story and these awesome pictures!

12.07.2019 15:03

Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

12.07.2019 15:49

Thank you! 😎

15.07.2019 15:59

Thank you, @brisby! I’m so glad those things come through from the post and pictures. 😁

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12.07.2019 17:22

What an awesome feel good post! You guys did so much in a short space of time in the weekend and a beautiful setting to do it all in too! I absolutely agree that everyone should get out of their comfort zone every now and again because you will grow as a person and feel more confident for it!

I want and hope there are steem meet ups in the UK that I can get to. I'm meeting @cheese4ead next weekend which will be awesome. 🙂

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13.07.2019 08:17

Thanks, @nickyhavey! That’s so great you will be meeting @cheese4ead. It’s wonderful to connect with Steemians in person! I’m sure there are meetups in the UK. Let me think. Do you know @raj808 and @adetorrent? They are a couple of my super favorite UK people that come to mind!

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13.07.2019 13:06

I would like to meet a few more steemians in the flesh but don't know where to look for them! I know @pennsif had a list of who was where and active.

I know big @raj808 legend that he is and recently saw a post by @adetorrent. Will see what's what 🙂

13.07.2019 16:32

Yes, @raj808 is indeed a legend! Now if the gods would just smile upon him so he can get 100% healthy.

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13.07.2019 21:34

Yes I keep my fingers crossed for him too and send positive vibes for good health 🙂🤞

13.07.2019 22:09

Thanks for the tag @jayna

Where you guys meeting Nik? I'm guessing London. If so, I can't make it down south at the moment due to financial constraints 😔

Ha ha, if you said Manchester... Or even better Liverpool 😉 I'd be there with bells on.

13.07.2019 13:45

See? I knew you’d have the dirt. Thanks much for chiming in, @raj808.

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13.07.2019 15:47

Hey man! We'll be meeting in Oxford which is a long way from Liverpool haha! I understand about the finances... My first pay day isn't for another 6 weeks and have to be SO disciplined with spending as the funds have been drained from travelling haha!

I did get tagged in something in London but I was the other side of the world when the one last month was on. Hope there's another one coming soon. I'll follow @redrica and see if there's any news about a new meet up in the south East.

13.07.2019 16:29

Nothing set planned yet! I'm usually the only one who organizes Meetups in London, but life's been busy. I do try to get one set up every month. Will aim for something in August, most likely :)

14.07.2019 11:36

Wow you documented this meetup really well. Great to meet Steemians and just have fun. I love the town that gives a feeling that you are taken back thru time. I say you rocked this town with cool people.

13.07.2019 11:05

Thanks so much, @watersnake101! It really is a cute town. I highly recommend it as a destination.

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13.07.2019 13:26

What an awesome post, and thank you for taking us along to the block party. Honestly, I feel like I was there, your description was so detailed and vivid 🙂

Those views in the rocky mountains looked so nice. I've anyways wanted to visit there if I make it to the States again.

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13.07.2019 13:42

I certainly hope you will. It would be great to see you on this side of the pond!

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13.07.2019 21:35

So I read this a few days ago but decided to read again wow what a great time you guys all had. I love the alliance the amount of friendly kind hearted people in the alliance is so amazing and though I’ve never met a single one face to face I like to class most (the ones I’ve talked to regularly) as friends some cough @dreemsteem especially has been amazing and it’s wonderful to see her have a brilliant time at the party and it’s amazing to see what a community can do it was wonderful looking at all the photos you posted and when the next block party rolls around I hope there’s even more photos thank you so much for capturing amazing moments throughout the block party 😃

16.07.2019 21:00

Thank you so much for the great comment, @chris-the-Batman. Yes, it’s a great community. I’m still a newbie but finally getting acquainted!

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16.07.2019 21:36

Next pill hahahahha

16.07.2019 23:43

Oh my gosh... I'm JUST getting to this post now and I'm almost crying!!! You did such a fantastic job showing the trip!!!!

I can't believe how well we all got along, how much laughter there was...what a gift :)

And you...lady... Hehehehe

I was SO glad to meet you! I can't wait to see you again!!!! Lololol

I can actually see your face and hear your voice right now as I'm writing this and im giggling!

I so hope that the same crew gets to see one another next year... And MORE! :)

Deep sigh.... What a great time

Thanks for being a part of an amazing trip that I'll never forget 😍🤗

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16.07.2019 23:50

Thank you, love! And thank you for the tip. I can hear your voice too. Isn’t it amazing what we retain and what resonates after hanging out with people who we really connect with? It’s like a piece of them is burned into our consciousness. ❤️

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18.07.2019 03:21

I just tagged you in a comment... Go check out @snook's post heheheh

18.07.2019 04:59

Hee hee!

19.07.2019 04:19
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16.07.2019 23:50