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Garden of the Gods

Note:  This is slightly off-topic to mountain living and relates to a recent road trip. Pikes Peak looms above — its 14,000+ feet of craggy rock casting a shadow, like big brother peering from above.  But as I drive ever closer, something in the immediate foreground catches my attention.  Large,…

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Dead Guy Days – Boon or Bane?

During the fog and flurries, up to 20,000 people made their yearly pilgrimage to Nederland for Frozen Dead Guy Days this weekend.  Most come for the novelty and to drink, drink and drink as much beer as possible while watching the wacky events that comprise this weird festival. Weird, because…

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Hybrid Vigor?

I read with interest that the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is taking place this week.  Which led me to the eventual question about the dogs that go through this grueling test of stamina.  Long associating breeds like Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies with the nether regions of Alaska, I assumed this…

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A Note to Newbie Mountain Dwellers

Out walking the dogs the other day, I spotted two dogs — Airedale Terriers — unfamiliar to me.  As someone who walks our dogs regularly along a similar route each day, I’d come to know the neighborhood dogs — Alf the golden retriever, Waylon, the border collie, TJ and Mimi,…

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