Tourism

Crested Butte Escape

Colorful Crested Butte

Colorful Crested Butte

There is a reason that Crested Butte has earned the alias of “wildflower capital”.  Tammy and I recently spent four days visiting some of my old time favorites, Slate Creek, Oh-Be Joyful, Maroon Bells Wilderness, Paradise Basin and the Anthracite Range.  We badly needed to “Re-Boot” both figuratively and literally.  The Flora could not have been more spectacular and the folks at the Rocky Mountains Biological Laboratory were abuzz collecting data.  Enjoy the explosion of color and remember that the greatest adventures are in your own backyard!

Gothic - Home of the Rocky Mt. Biological Laboratory

Gothic – Home of the Rocky Mt. Biological Laboratory

Sunflowers in the Aspens near Gothic

Sunflowers in the Aspens near Gothic

Upper Slate Creek

Upper Slate Creek

South Side of the Snowmass Range

South Side of the Snowmass Range

Paradise Basin

Paradise Basin

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Local Tourist Colorado – 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl

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Denver’s 16th Street Mall on Zombie Night

The creators of the 1968 black and white film “Night of the Living Dead” could hardly have envisioned that one day, their handiwork would reside in the Library of Congress due to it’s cultural significance.  Who would have guessed that hundreds, if not thousands of Zombie movies would would follow over the next four and a half decades, that the most popular show on television would be set in the midst of a global Zombie apocalypse.  We are indeed a society with a fixation on the un-dead.

This Halloween season, we grabbed our cameras and headed to the 8th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl.  I haven’t yet heard an official number but I’m pretty sure there were fifteen thousand or so participants, dressed to the nines and slipping and slathering up and down the 16th Street Mall.  Enjoy the pics and be sure to check out our short video!

The Greatest Adventures are Waiting in Your Own Backyard.

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Forward

The lenticular cloud formations light up like a giant marquee.  The stage is now set for the opening of a new season in the Colorado high country.  The warm days of Indian Summer have been wisely used, the wood is piled high and the plow sits ready to push back the spin-drift in the days and weeks ahead.  No longer do we lament the passing of what was, we now look to the challenge of the future with eager anticipation, knowing that prosperity is the offspring of hardship.

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Tales From The Crypt

Scattered along the hillsides that surround the historic towns of Central City and Blackhawk you will find dozens of cemeteries, final resting places of the hearty souls who traded the easy life for a chance to pull treasure from the Earth.  It can be a bit spooky to stroll through these graveyards at dusk on a cold fall evening, leaves crunching under your feet as you walk, looking over your shoulder with an unexplainable feeling that you are not alone.

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Santa Fe Escape

Palisades overlooking the Cimarron River – Cimarron Canyon State Park

Taking advantage of the best weather that Indian Summer has to offer, we headed south this weekend, chasing the last remaining colors of fall into the great state of New Mexico.  Our getaway took us to Taos via State Hwy. 64, then south along the Rio Grande River to Santa Fe.  How lucky we are to be so completely surrounded by places to go and things to see and to have the ability to roll back the seasons a week or two simply by driving for a couple of hours.

Canyon Road

Santa Fe is an artist’s mecca and there is no better way to feel the vibe than to find yourself on Canyon Road on a Saturday morning.  Over 100 galleries line this street and just being part of the crowd will inspire you to do something creative as soon as you get home.

I think the pictures say it all, great weather, great places, great company and a great weekend.  The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This

 

Late Summer Eve – West Spanish Peak and The Devils Stairstep

Summer has reached maturity in the Colorado high country and as we anticipate the annual explosion of colors that will soon take place, there is also a realization that the warm days and nights are slipping away, giving many of us incentive to get outdoors to enjoy them while we can.  Getting out might mean golfing, hiking, fishing,  taking a four-wheel adventure or simply having lunch on your favorite deck or patio.  The next time you are in Cuchara on a Saturday, drop in and experience the Cuchara Produce Market.  Jon and Ruth Ann Brandt of La Junta have been bringing the harvest of the plains to the high country each Summer Saturday for the past few years.  Melons, fruits, vegetables and other tasty Colorado products are set out along the boardwalk in front of the Cuchara Inn and it’s a great place to meet folks.  The Cuchara Produce Market is open Saturdays through mid-October.

                                           The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

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The Greatest Adventures Really Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard

A glance up from the kitchen window this week and Tammy spotted our local Bobcat friend in broad daylight, sitting on the walkway and steps that we commonly refer to as the “Catwalk”.  Great Shot Tam!

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Inspired Wood Art By Annie Enke

We are fortunate to live in the midst of one of Colorado’s richest art colonies, giving us the opportunity to be inspired by some incredibly creative people.  We recently completed a profile video for gifted woodworking artist Annie Enke and hope that you will take a minute and a half to be inspired as well.  Her work absolutely defines originality.   Also, visit  Annie’s website at http://www.AnnieEnke.com and see her work in person at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery.

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Stars Over Cuchara And The Stonewall Century Ride

The summit of Cuchara Pass is one of those spots that makes you feel like you are on top of the world.  At 10,000 feet in elevation and far from the lights  of Colorado’s more populated front range centers, this is absolutely one of the best spots to view the night sky over the southern part of the state as well as northern New Mexico.

Last week, around 400 hearty souls departed La Veta under the power of their own muscle and spirit to conquer a 102 mile, 7200 vertical foot bike ride over this lofty pass.  This was the ninth running of the grueling Stonewall Century Ride and we were there to capture the smiles of the event volunteers, and the bigger smiles of a few of the participants as they approached the final uphill revolutions of their aching thighs.  Congratulations Stonewall Century Riders!  Check out the event website at http://www.spcycling.org/archive.php

pictured in no particular order, Anne, H.E., Kathy, Mark, Flip, Susan and Carl

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Free Energy Along The Purgatoire River

“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.  No big laboratory is needed in which to think.  Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind.  Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”  ~ Nikola Tesla

I’ve been learning a bit lately about a pretty bright man who spent some time here in Colorado in the early 1900’s.  It’s odd that I never learned about him in school, given the fact that he worked along side Thomas Edison and had some very original ideas that have shaped the world we live in, many more that will shape the world that is to come.  Anyway, Nikola Tesla was all about energy and it was his dream that energy would someday be free to all.  The energy that he envisioned would be completely self sustaining and independent from any requirement to deplete our natural resources.  I thought this quote was particularly fitting for this post.to put into context the power that we can derive from quiet afternoon in the great outdoors.

The Purgatoire River runs off of the Sangre De Cristo range just a few short miles from our home and the North Fork Trail has become one of our favorite hikes.  To get there, leave the pavement of State Hwy. 12 at Purgatoire Creek and follow the dirt road for three miles to the campground, which sets at about 8500 feet.  The hiking trail is best described as easy to moderate with a gentle but steady incline for about three miles up to timberline.  This is one of those hikes where there is so much to see that if feels more like a stroll in the park than a workout.

If you live nearby, or if you happen to be visiting this beautiful part of Colorado, grab the family and the camera and check out the Upper Purgatoire River, you won’t be disappointed.  Also keep in mind that this valley is absolutely drop dead gorgeous in the fall.  In any event, thanks for tagging along and don’t forget that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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