Well, we did it! We made it to Denver! Between visiting the Statue of Liberty, camping in the Adirondacks, biking through Germany, backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, and moving across the country, it's been an absolutely insane 6 weeks. We had a ton of fun and a couple of minor snafus, but all in all,… Continue reading Send me some Denver hiking recommendations, please!
After waving goodbye to the beauty of Great Sand Dunes, my mom and I continued making our way north back towards Montana. Our next stop was just outside Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is a large public park that is home to towering red rock formations. Its beauty… Continue reading Fit for the Gods – Garden of the Gods, Colorado
When I say sand dunes, you probably think of a beach somewhere with mounds of sand in one direction and the vastness of the ocean in the other. But what if I said the sand dunes were in Colorado? Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is located northeast of Alamosa, CO in the shadow of… Continue reading One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado
If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember our failed attempt to visit Four Corners Monument (and if not, you can read about it here). Well as it happened, we found ourselves in the area once again the very next summer, on our way from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah to Carlsbad… Continue reading Left Foot New Mexico – Four Corners Monument
After two wonderful days in Mesa Verde, we’d reached the home stretch of our summer vacation. It was time to head back up north. Our first stop, approximately 4 hours north of Mesa Verde, was the city of Grand Junction, CO where my sister would be touring Mesa State College (now called Colorado Mesa University).… Continue reading An Unplanned Adventure – Colorado National Monument
The remainder of our time at Mesa Verde was spent exploring the rest of the Chapin Mesa area. The end of Chapin Mesa Road splits into three short loops. One leads to Cliff Palace and Balcony House, the second is the Mesa Top loop, and the third is the Spruce Tree Terrace loop. After completing… Continue reading Up on Top – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part III)
Most people don’t know this about me, but one of my majors in college was anthropology. Granted, it was anthropology with a biological focus. But I still took all of the introductory classes, including archaeology. In fact, I initially went into the field of anthropology because I wanted to be an archaeologist. Obviously I changed… Continue reading Life on the edge of a cliff – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part II)