Saturday, November 29, 2014

Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark, CO

Great warm weather allowed for a visit to the Garden of the Gods park, a national natural landmark located in Colorado Springs. More than a thousand acres of hiking trails through skyrocketing sandstone formations. My favorite sights: the massive balanced rock and keyhole that you can see the 14,114ft Pikes Peak off on the horizon. (Read more to see all the photos which can then be enlarged by clicking on them)











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Friday, November 21, 2014

Florissant, CO (2 pictures)

"We have to stretch the bun so we can fit the meat"- a conversation between the owner and a familiar local customer. On our way to a ACA (American Camp Association) Conference, we stopped for a late lunch at a gas station along US Highway 6. Walking past a lifted bright yellow Jeep, inside the gasvienece store was Mountain Burger. A woman in her late 50s accompanied by a scruffy chef cooked up $7 Mountain Burgers, Sweet Potato fries and mediocre milkshakes. The burger was overpriced yet tasty for being the only grub stop in dozens of empty miles. The method for disposing of boxes was simply chucking them out the drive-thru window. A corkboard near the trash can was littered with 'Missing Dog' ads for lost petite hounds named Lula, Demon and Gizmo. Onward we go in an exhausted Ford minivan.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Arapaho Bay, CO



Last week while skiing at Copper Mountain, a nasty fall from a popped-off ski led to a crazy painful knee injury that increasingly hurts to walk on. With hiking, snowshoeing and rock climbing out of the picture for a while; I'll resort to exploring around CO via wagon.

Inside the massive Arapaho National Forest --neighboring Rocky Mountain National Park-- is the Arapaho Bay, located in a far corner of Lake Granby. Above the clear cold water, the Indian Peaks mountain range shows off some of its prominent nearby assets like the Twin Peaks, Mt. Acoma and bordering Watanga and Hiamovi Mountains.

Enter off highway 34 into the Arapaho National Recreation Area and follow a 10-mile dirt road covered in snow that winds along the lake past tall lodgepole pines and curvy exposed rock faces. If you don't have all-wheel-drive or 4x4, I'd wait till the road clears so you're not stranded. 
















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Driving Through Arapaho Bay, CO

I still cannot believe just how flippin' beautiful Colorado is and how lucky I am to live up in the mountains of Grand County. Last week while skiing at Copper Mountain with Caitlin, I was carving a bit too aggressively and the DIN settings on my bindings were, well let's just say...scary low which meant when going off of a small bump to catch some air- my right ski snapped off instantly. I came down, landed and twisted on my right foot, felt a pop nasty and slid down the hill on my back head-first. Thank God I had a helmet on. Days later, I can barely walk, I'm in constant 10/10 in pain, I must have torn something so I'm heading to the hospital in Steamboat Springs very soon. With hiking, snowshoeing and sadly rock climbing out of the picture until further notice; I'll resort to exploring around Colorado via my wagon. I live near this massive gem called the Arapaho National Forest --which neighbors Rocky Mountain National Park. Within its boundaries is the Arapaho Bay, located in a far corner of Lake Granby. Above the clear cold water, the Indian Peaks range shows off some of its prominent assets like the Twin Peaks, Mt. Acoma and bordering Watanga and Hiamovi Mountains. Before dinner came at 6pm back at YMCA of the Rockies I wanted to take a quick drive-through it, obviously I was dreaming of returning once I'm back on two-feet confidently. I entered off highway 34 just as you're approaching the town of Grand Lake, into the Arapaho National Recreation Area. I followed a 10-mile dirt road covered in icy snow that winds along the lake past tall lodgepole pines and curvy exposed rock faces. The views at sunset were jaw-dropping and gave me the chills. Again folks, we are ridiculously lucky to live on a beautiful planet like this. If you don't have all-wheel-drive or 4x4, I'd wait till the road clears so you're not stranded. Saab all-wheel-drive wagon for the win. Enjoy the photos.

Cheers,
Robby

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hiking Peaks 1 & 2 of Snow Mountain in Granby, CO (12 pictures)

Today, after finally getting used to the altitude and thinner air, climbed some elevation! Nearby Snow Mountain has five peaks, offering stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park off in the distance, the Continental Divide and Berthoud Pass on the close horizon. The weather forecast for Granby, Colorado called for a thunderstorm with snow to happen around 5/6pm so timing was a bit crucial on this hike. At our stopping point on top of Peak 2, we were at 10,336ft. With the temperature dropping, windy picking up and dark clouds creeping across the mountains, we headed down. Next up on my goal list: climb a 12k or 13k footer, maybe even Berthoud Pass in the snow or Devil's Thumb. Woot I'm excited! The GoPro HD Hero shot some great pictures too. (Read more to see all the photos which can then be enlarged by clicking on them.)

















































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