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Can WFH Save the Planet?

The climate change news is bleak. “The report “is a code red for humanity”, says the UN chief.” Having a day off and needing to do business in Boulder, I turned on Colorado Public Radio in my car and heard the news on climate change. Human activity is definitively causing…

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Wildlife

The Hairless Marmot

“Eeeep! Eeep!” The familiar chirp of alerted me before I saw his chubby body perched on top of the rocks. The marmots were sounding the alarm as I hiked up towards the tundra. As I watched him dive in between the rocks, i reflected on a story from my Park…

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Nature

The Monument Plant

The meadow abounded with them. In what has been a stellar wildflower year, there is one that literally stands above all the rest. Each meadow we encountered on a recent backpack trip in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, giant stalks dotted with white flowers. As I counted 30, 40 and even…

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Recreation

Trip Report: The Northern Loop

“We want to backpack the Northern Loop. Can you give us camping suggestions?” Three years ago, I volunteered at the Forest Service office in Boulder, issuing wilderness permits. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I offered to help. But over the course of the season, from mid-June to mid-September,…

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