Category Archives: Western Hikes

Driving Tour of South Park, Colorado

One of my favorite places to explore in Colorado is South Park. It is a vast and often inhospitable landscape surrounded by mountains on all sides, filled with wildlife and unique topography. A “park” is essentially a high mountain Valley, … Continue reading

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The Flying J Ranch in South Evergreen, Colorado

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Beautiful day to check out my new neighborhood, so started with a local park next door. Shadow Pine Loop is a nice 3 mile stroll, and offered a great view of a three-toed woodpecker.

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This is beautiful, but it would be even better with a herd of buffalo!

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This Hike Close to Denver Feels Like you are Far Away

Colorado is blessed to have so much amazing and accessible open space. To experience a hike back East like the one I did today at Colorado’s Staunton State Park, it would take hours of driving, packing and planning. Instead I … Continue reading

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An Apology

This was not originally intended as a blog post, but as a few final words I wrote during a recent hike up to the top of Sourdough Mountain in North Cascades National Park. Once I unexpectedly collected myself and was … Continue reading

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Snack Bar Hikes?

I once did a bad thing when my kids were younger and I was trying to keep them motivated on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I jokingly told them that there was a snack bar at the top … Continue reading

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The Trail Less Technical

On a recent hike in Colorado I came upon this funny sign which, for whatever reason, reminded me of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. That night I could not help but re- write on a cocktail napkin as … Continue reading

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A Perfect Boulder Co Day Hike

I knew it was going to be a good day when I pulled into the trailhead parking lot and a coyote was looking at me from across the meadow.  She watched me warily as I stepped out of my car … Continue reading

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How Yellowstone and the National Wildlife Federation Ruined My Kid.

“Oh, It’s just another Buffalo,” Anthony said when we finally discovered what was causing the excitement in the cars stopped up ahead. Really?  It only took 36 hours for Yellowstone to ruin my 9 year old kid? I had to … Continue reading

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Actually Do Play

As an Easterner visiting the West, I am reminded how our concept of “wide open spaces” is on a different scale than those out West. We use words like “sweeping” and “vast” to describe places in the East what in … Continue reading

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