Colorado, Travels

Colorado Destinations: Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Our early October visit to the Paint Mines on the plains of Colorado was a last-minute change of plans after our weekend camping reservations got rained out. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, I can handle. An inch and a half (4 cm) of rain while tent camping, I cannot. It would’ve been a miserable weekend. So… Continue reading Colorado Destinations: Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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Colorado Day Hikes: Herman Gulch

As some of you may have already noticed, I’ve decided to do a little bit of organizing here on the blog since we’ll be living in Colorado for the foreseeable future and most of my posts will be about the state. So far, I’ve begun a Rocky Mountain National Park series of posts and this… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Herman Gulch

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Conquering our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak

Most everyone hoping to conquer their first Colorado 14,000 foot (4267 m) peak faces the same dilemma (or, shall I say, quandary?): what’s the easiest one to start with? By most accounts, Mount Bierstadt and Quandary Peak are two of the “easier” ones, but I put easier in quotes because it’s all relative. There are… Continue reading Conquering our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

Welcome, once again, to my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! If you’re only in Rocky Mountain for a day or two, or you’re visiting from lower elevation, this is my #1 hiking recommendation for you! It’s not terribly long, not too steep, and at a lower elevation than most of the other park destinations.… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes

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Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

Welcome to hike #2 in my Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes series! Rocky Mountain operates a free shuttle system from May to October that allows you to leave your car in Estes Park or at the Park-n-Ride inside the park boundary and take the bus to the trailheads, eliminating the stress of arriving at 6:00am… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead

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Colorado Day Hikes: Cascade Creek Trail to Lone Eagle Peak

I saw something on Facebook a while back about the cycle of summiting mountains, which could very easily be applied to many hikes/climbs/other challenging adventures. It was something along the lines of "Summit mountain → Arrive back home exhausted and swear you’ll never put yourself through that kind of torture again → Recover from soreness… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Cascade Creek Trail to Lone Eagle Peak

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Conquering our First Colorado 13er – Mount Flora

As a Montanan, I grew up surrounded by mountains. I summited my first ones when I was a young teenager and I’ve bagged quite a few more in the years since. I won’t lie and say they were easy hikes, because they weren’t. But most of them weren’t too terribly difficult because these mountains topped… Continue reading Conquering our First Colorado 13er – Mount Flora