Even mountain lovers like myself sometimes like to road trip to other environments, so recently Bryon and I took a day trip out to northeastern Colorado and the Pawnee National Grasslands. It was a perfect time to explore this area, as all the rains of the last couple of months have produced emerald green grasslands as far as the eye can see. It was also fun to see all the bird activity out in t his area, as well as the smaller critters like the swift fox. We took a hike out to the two Pawnee Buttes, which were amazing. It’s easy to see why Native Americans feel so spiritual about these places — I felt like I was walking up to one of nature’s temples. I’m reminded once again that us white people were not the first inhabitants of this land, and also reminded to be good stewards of the land and remember I am part of nature, but do not govern it. There is a lot of rich Native American history in the west, and it was fun to explore this new area. It was interesting walking around the Buttes, and seeing all the swallow’s nests built on the east side of the buttes — there were hundreds of them — protecting them from the westerly winds. Seeing this other side of Colorado and enjoying the beauty of an environment very different from my home made for a fun day.