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How Low Can It Go?

Driving up Boulder Canyon, I measure the distance to Nederland by landmarks. First, there’s the turnoff to Sugarloaf Road, then Magnolia Road. Later, I hit the parking lot for Boulder Falls. Then the road steepens as I wind through the Narrows, with steep granite cliffs surrounding me. Then Castle Rock…

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Taking Down the Teepee

At first I thought it was a slash pile. A pile of branches stacked up teepee style in the woods. Slash piles are commonplace in the woods around Nederland. We had several on our own property. Slash is what you have left over when  you cut down a tree. Most…

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The Big Cat

“So would it be ok if I went hiking at night on the trails near our house?” asked our friends, who also live in Nederland. “Ummm,  I don’t know about that.” “We’d bring our headlamps. What could go wrong?” “Well, there are mountain lions around here.” “Really? How do you…

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We’d walked by the sign day after day, week after week, and year after year. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have more acreage? We could build a trail for the dogs” I said. “Better yet, we’d be able to mitigate it and better protect our house from wildfires” my husband…

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