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US Forest Service

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Asphalt Patrol

If it’s winter, and there’s snow, there’s nothing I love more than sliding on it on a pair of skis.  Whether it’s flying down the slopes at Winter Park or Eldora, or gliding through the trees at Brainard Lake, skiing is something I look forward to all year.  Just the…

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To leash, or not to leash?

A blur of black and white flashes by me, as Shawnee tumbles down the trail through the woods.  Tail wagging, she is in a state of doggie bliss.  So many things to smell, to look at, logs to jump over.  I love the fact that our two dogs have spent…

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Wilderness Trail Patrol

“She looks like she’s in charge — let’s ask her!” I immediately feel I am on the spot.  I am out on my first solo “wilderness patrol” as a volunteer with the US Forest Service and Indian Peaks Alliance.  Wanting to make sure this first hike goes well, I choose…

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Cutting your own Christmas tree

Snaking up the switchbacks in front of me, each car seemed to have a singular but unifying purpose.  One that was quickly identifiable by the contents strapped to its roof rack.  The pines and first that adorned the tops of SUVs, pick up trucks, and yes, even an occasional sedan…

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