Arrived! (day 4)

It's the final leg now, Grand Junction  to Colorado Springs. The highway winding up and through the mountains following the rivers, first the Colorado river, then the Eagle river, then Gore Creek.  the country side and mountain are gorgeous. Small alpine communities  sprinkled through the mountains. Ski lifts dot the mountain sides, running along the …

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Sampling National Parks (day 2 & 3)

Driving to Colorado provides for the opportunity to check out some places along the way. Our fluid schedule had some time built in to "stop and smell the roses" a bit and Zion National Park was first on the list of roses to smell. The Zion National Park is simply an amazing place. If you haven't …

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Uncle Nick Grindstaff – AT 2017

In early June of this year I was hiking over Iron Mountain while backpacking along the Appalachian trail and happened across the monument/grave of Uncle Nick Grindstaff. The inscription simply read: "Uncle Nick Grindstaff Born Dec. 26, 1851 Died July 22, 1923 Lived alone, suffered alone, and died alone" Standing at a man’s grave on …

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Pike’s Peak for 2017

I blame my oldest son. A couple of years ago, while attending his wedding in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I was enchanted by the amazing views of Pikes Peak. The mountain was incredible to watch in the morning sunrise. To my surprise and joy I learned there were hiking trails which lead to the summit. As an avid hiker, I …

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