What better way to celebrate New Year’s than to leave the snow and miserable cold and head out to some sunshine on the beach. No, I’m not headed to a tropical island (this time!) but California will do. San Francisco City Tour + New Year’s at a quaint beachside hotel in Monteray is nearly perfect. … More The Sun Sets on 2018
How quickly time flies in CO, or perhaps I should say how quickly the summer disappears. It seems only yesterday the snow had melted and it was warm enough to run in shorts, and now we’re back to feet & feet of snow. Leaving Denver in the morning, it was just cold but during the … More A Little Blizzard Never Hurt Anyone
I spent a few days in the San Francisco Bay Area, before heading back home, and let me tell you, there’s way more exciting spots / hikes / restaurants / museums to check out here than in Denver. Right above San Jose, at the top of a crazy 18mile winding road ascent is an observatory … More Bay Area through the Telescope
Bishop and PCT and Onion Valley! I’m back on the PCT!! Ok, well not officially, but the drive from Vegas to the Bay Area is taking me through the backside of the Sierra’s and through Yosemite Valley. I’m overcome with memories of three years ago, hiking through some of the same places, visiting some of … More A Road Trip down Memory Lane
Ok, so no Arches (as in Arches National Park) this time around, but heading West from Moab, I finally got to visit Capitol Reef National Park. Being on a short schedule, I didn’t get to explore the park as much as I wanted, and the one part I saw didn’t impress me terribly. I would … More Arches, and Hoodoos, and Red Rocks, Oh My!
Road Trip! Utah! During my time in CO the two have almost always gone together. Whenever the chance to get away for a long weekend has presented itself, I’ve frequently jumped on I70 and just headed west. When Colorado is already getting chilly and has snowdrifts on top of 14’ers, I can always count on … More Moaaaaaaaaaab!
I’ve always been fascinated by states that name cities and roads after other cities and countries, like Paris, Texas. Apparently hiking destinations are no exception – at the end of June I visited Missouri Lakes in Colorado, and let me tell you, the experience was MUCH more enjoyable than visiting the state of Missouri. It … More Missouri Lakes in Colorado
Some people never like to hike the same trail twice, but for me the first time I typically visit a place, I move quickly to get to the summit, and it’s the next visit where I take my time and stop to enjoy the views. Growing up in Arizona, there was really only one season … More Colorado ❤
No, I mean, literally, the park has a beach! It seems every summer I’m caught by surprise at how crowded the popular trails close to the Denver area are. Apparently arriving at 9am at one of the less popular entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park was already too late to snag a parking spot. Soooo … More It’s a Beech
Cool, mountain spring time is the perfect time to jump into some HOT SPRINGS, and not those commercial ones where it’s just a giant pool filled with screaming toddlers and their parents. A group of us hiked up to Rainbow Hot Springs, one of the better known natural springs in the state. It’s about a … More Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot