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Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic

I’ve not been able to see Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic either of the previous two times I’ve visited the national park. The parking lot for both the boardwalk and the trail to the overlook were way too packed, and there was too much else to see and do for me to sit and wait for a spot […]

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North Cheyenne Canon's Helen Hunt Falls - August 23rd

My Summer of Hiking

With summer and warmer weather already here, I’m gearing up for another Colorado hiking season. Last year’s was spectacular, with my puppy Anna and I getting out to do more than a trail a week between the end of March and the end of October. We explored several new locations, oftentimes with friends or my […]

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Mills Lake

Happy 100th Birthday Rocky Mountain National Park!

Happy birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park! That’s right, today – January 26th, 2015 – is the park’s 100th birthday. On this day in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill to designate what some call the Switzerland of the U.S. as a national park. In honor of one of my favorite places in Colorado, particularly […]

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Punching buttons I probably shouldn't be touching

A New National Historic Site in NASA

I stood on the floor of NASA’s old mission control trying to wrap my head around it all. After all, it’s where the Apollo 11 lunar landing was coordinated. It was the spot where it all happened with Apollo 13. And it’s where so many of the most awesome moments in space exploration history – […]

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The architecture in Balboa Park is outstanding

A Look Ahead to 2015

What’s in store for 2015? I’m excited to find out, with so many opportunities laid before me. A few things are planned and, excitingly enough, even more is not. And that means a whole lot of possibilities for the coming year, especially when it comes to travel. Here’s how it’s shaping up… Two return trips […]

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Christmas 2014 Front

The Ghosts of Christmas 2014

When it comes to travel, I’ll be honest, this past year was rather slow, all things considered. I didn’t jet away to some far off foreign land, as I’ve done in years past. I didn’t set foot outside my own country, actually. I didn’t even explore a new destination, really, opting instead to stay around […]

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The Best American Travel Writing of 2000

The Best American Travel Writing of 2000, edited by Bill Bryson, is the first book in the series. The other annual compilations that I’ve read impressed me so that I wanted to go back to the start and check out the stories Bryson selected. After all, he is one of my favorite travel authors. But what I […]

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Still Life with Liz

Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum

This past weekend I stopped into the Denver Art Museum to see Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, which is a special exhibition included in the price of admission. But why should I want to see his work? Who exactly is Tom Wesselmann? The best artist I never heard of, that’s who. Tom Wesselmann, a […]

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