Memories of the Mill Site Inn

Yesterday was the end of an era.  The era of providing food and drink along the Peak to Peak Highway between Estes Park and Nederland. The Millsite Inn closed its doors for good yesterday.  If you’ve never driven the Peak to Peak Highway, you probably have no idea what I’m…

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Crime in a Small Mountain Town

I first moved to a small mountain town in the California Sierra twenty years ago.  I had wanted to work at a ski resort.  So I packed up all my belongings while living in the suburbs of Washington, DC and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California. One of the most challenging…

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The Parks of Colorado

Working as a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, I got asked a variety of questions from park visitors.  Many times they were obvious questions you’d expect:  “How far is it to Grand Lake?”, “Where can we see the elk?”, “Can you recommend an easy hike?” What’s a Park…

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Can you imagine eating 400 Oreo cookies per day for weeks on end?  Or 25 hamburgers? That’s what it’s like to be a black bear during the month of September in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  In order to get ready to den for the winter months, black bears must consume…

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