Colorado, Colorado Destinations

Colorado Destinations: Cottonwood Pass & Buena Vista

Memorial Day weekend in Colorado is a total crapshoot, weather wise. Some years it’s cold and rainy. Some years it’s warm and sunny. Some years it snows. And some years it does all of these things and then some… which, to be honest, is kind of what happened this year. But I digress. Despite the… Continue reading Colorado Destinations: Cottonwood Pass & Buena Vista

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Colorado Destinations: Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District

Like most Colorado mountain towns, Georgetown and Silver Plume were founded by miners. Georgetown was named after prospector George Griffith, who struck gold in the area in 1859. While this triggered a small gold rush, the gold mining operations in the region were only mildly successful due to the relative lack of gold in the… Continue reading Colorado Destinations: Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District

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Colorado Summits: Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain

Let’s begin by answering the obvious question: it’s pronounced mess-tah-HAY. Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain is named for a Cheyenne woman who was also known as Owl Woman. Owl Woman was married to William Bent, a white settler, trader, and co-founder of Bents Old Fort trading post on the plains of Colorado in the 1800s. Their marriage was… Continue reading Colorado Summits: Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain

Colorado, Colorado Hikes

Colorado Day Hikes: Chicago Lakes (the winter version)

I started a new job last August and I love it for many reasons, one of which is my coworkers. I work with wonderful people, including quite a few who like to hike… which means I now have some new hiking buddies! This past April, Pat and I spent a lovely spring Saturday hiking to… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Chicago Lakes (the winter version)

Western US

A hidden waterfall and obnoxious geese – Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

The final destination for our three-day weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming was nearby Curt Gowdy State Park. Curt Gowdy State Park is located in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Cheyenne. This is the native land of the Comanche, Pawnee, Crow, and Shoshone, but they were displaced in the… Continue reading A hidden waterfall and obnoxious geese – Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

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Pioneers on the Plains – Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming

Ask anyone who has ever gone on a road trip with me, and they’ll tell you that I planned far more things than we could possibly fit into the time we had. They wouldn’t be lying. I’m not exactly what you’d call a relaxed vacationer. But every once in a while – usually accidentally –… Continue reading Pioneers on the Plains – Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming

Western US

48 hours in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Visiting Wyoming’s capital city was not plan A for this particular outing. But when weather thwarted plan A, we found ourselves spending the weekend in Cheyenne. Prior to our departure, some of Pat’s coworkers warned him that Cheyenne was lame and to prepare to be disappointed. Perhaps they enjoy different things when they travel or… Continue reading 48 hours in Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Colorado National Monument

I was sorting through some old posts on here recently and stumbled across this one from a few years ago about my 2010 trip to Colorado National Monument. I imagine many of you can relate to the cringey feeling you get when you read something you wrote so many years ago. And, of course, the… Continue reading Colorado National Monument

Colorado, Colorado Hikes

Colorado Day Hikes: Butler Gulch

Colorado has turned me into a winter person. I swore that would never happen, but it appears I was wrong. Growing up in Montana, I never liked winter. It's cold and dark and lasts way too long. Then I moved to Washington for college and, in addition to cold and dark, winters there are humid… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Butler Gulch

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Colorado State Parks: Eldorado Canyon

There are numerous canyons extending into the Front Range of the Rockies. Some are the routes for major highways from the plains into the mountains, but others have been set aside for recreation. One of the latter is Eldorado Canyon, located just a few miles south of Boulder, Colorado. It’s a narrow canyon with tall… Continue reading Colorado State Parks: Eldorado Canyon