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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Socialization on the Trail

Sitting there perched on a rock, life was good. The sun shone down on the five of us in our mountain meadow. We smiled, laughed, and shared stories. As we hiked back down to the trailhead, my spirit soared in a way I hadn’t felt in a long time. The…

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Uncategorized Weather/Climate

It’s Spilling!

Driving up Boulder Canyon, the sound of water surrounds me. With Boulder Creek running alongside the road, it’s hard not to notice what’s going on. Water! The rush of water, roiling rapids, pushing down the hillside at levels not seen in more than a year. There’s so much water, that…

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Travel outside Colorado

Paddling the Buffalo

Note: This is off topic about a recent road trip. As we turned the canoe to head down the Buffalo River, it felt like navigating a minefield. “Go right! Hard!” I yelled out to Bryon. Since my experience canoeing was limited, Bryon sat in the back steering. Between the rocks…

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