Travel & Adventures

Lake Dorothy

Lake Dorothy

Image by: Ross Taylor Fourth of July Mine, Arapaho Pass, Lake Dorothy  [Trip Report]Indian Peaks Wilderness borders the southern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Having done other hikes in different parts of the Wilderness, this was my first hike from the Fourth...

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Colorado Trail Segment 1

Colorado Trail Segment 1

Colorado Trail Segment 1  [Trip Report]The Colorado Trail (CT) covers about 500 miles from Denver to Durango, Colorado. Thru-hikers hike the entire trail from one end to the other in usually a little over one month. Section hikers hike individual segments. There are...

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Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake

Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake

Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake  [Trip Report]Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake are probably some of the most traveled hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is part of my 40 years of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park Series. Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)...

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Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier

Mt. Rainier  [Trip Report]This year marks the 20th anniversary since I summited Mt Rainier. In this post, I look back at the planning and the climb to the highest summit in Washington State.It all began with my friend Michael Sharp and I talking about climbing Denali...

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Cub Lake

Cub Lake

Cub Lake  [Trip Report]Cub Lake hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is part of my 40 years of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park Series.  Cub Lake was one of the first hikes I did in Rocky Mountain National Park as a child. I first hiked it in 1986, and...

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Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

Mt. Bierstadt  [Trip Report]I haven't hiked a Colorado 14'er since Quandary Peak in 2006 and decided it was time to start hiking them again. I had hiked Mt Bierstadt 22 years earlier in 1997 with Donna Whitsitt.It has been far too long since I stood atop a 14er. I...

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Diving with Sharks ~ Part 1

Diving with Sharks ~ Part 1

Diving with Sharks ~ Part 1 [Trip Report] When I was a child, my grandmother had an above ground swimming pool, and books by Jacques Cousteau showing deep sea exploration and living underwater. Every summer she would buy large, black rubber,...

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Willow Creek Falls

Willow Creek Falls

Willow Creek Falls [Trip Report] After first hiking in Roxborough State Park last year for the 52 Hike Challenge, I set a sub-goal of finishing all the hikes (9) in that park by the end of 2019. The park is beautiful, the red sandstone...

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The Story of the Rice

The Story of the Rice

The Story of the Rice I officially became a Buddhist on July 4, 1999, however, in the late 1990’s I had a divination done by the late Yogi Lama (Lama Kalsang Rinpoche). I asked him about my spiritual future, so he did a special style of divination using a...

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Scuba Diving impressions of a newbie diver

Scuba Diving impressions of a newbie diver

My first scuba diving experience after being certified was not in some distant tropical locale, but instead I opted to dive in the murky waters of the Aurora Reservoir (elevation 5,950 feet). Since I am a new diver with no experience and after consulting...

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