My Dad Loved Colorado. He taught me that taking the time to experience all that is has to offer is well worth the effort. He of all people, knew that the greatest adventures are waiting in your own backyard but as he grew older he realized that his backyard was the entire world. For 20 years, my folks called Hawaii home and I was so fortunate to be able to appreciate all of the little things that make it special. I dedicated this video to my Father on his 80th Birthday so he could see and feel what he could no longer do as the grip of Parkinson’s disease progressed. I hope you take this five minute holiday..who knows, it may make your backyard bigger as well.
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
Sunflowers in the Aspens near Gothic
Upper Slate Creek
South Side of the Snowmass Range
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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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Our Routine was picked up by the wind and blown around in the Colorado spin-drift this winter, and as spring emerges we find ourselves landing softly in a new life at a much lower elevation. We leave behind warm memories of living in relative seclusion at 9600 feet and we find ourselves excited about the new challenges at 5280. Denver is our new normal. Not only are we close to Family, friends and new opportunities, we are in the midst of a thriving city much different from the Denver that I grew up in. We can’t wait to reach out from our new home base, find new experiences and share them with you all right here, so please stay tuned.
Napoleon Hill once said “A goal is a dream with a deadline”. I simply couldn’t wait another day to get things moving along again, deadline met. As for the dreams, they will take care of themselves. It’s great to be back!
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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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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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.
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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The Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range from the Wet Mountain Valley
“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower” ~ Albert Camus
So bittersweet is this time of the year in Colorado. The moment I see the first signs of Autumn, I find myself crying out to the season, “I miss you already”. And as each week passes there is a sharpening of the senses, a greater appreciation for the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the soft glowing leaves, the warmth of the sun, the length of the day. I have been witnessing this grand finale of the Colorado Summer for my entire life, yet each time I am actually surprised that nature has so many colors in its palette.
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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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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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