Lost Man Trail

Laika and I went on another overnight backpacking trip in the Hunter-Fryingpan wilderness area. Our trip to Collegiate Peaks in July wet my appetite for some astrophotography. I wanted to find a site with a southern view so we could see the core of the Milky Way. I originally picked Lost Man Lake as our destination. […] . . . → Read More: Lost Man Trail

Wildflowers in Indian Peaks

Lara found a list of wildflower hikes in the area. Given the wet winter in the mountains, we were hoping there would still be some decent flowers even this late in the summer. Boy, were there ever. The hike we chose was called the Fourth of July trail, just west of Nederland, and on the southern […] . . . → Read More: Wildflowers in Indian Peaks

Overnight Hike to Lake Anne

We had our last camping trip of the season planned (yes, already – school starts in only two weeks!) to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. There is an accessible alpine lake there called Lake Anne, nestled in a cirque beneath a formation of mountains called the Three Apostles. It seemed a great place for a July […] . . . → Read More: Overnight Hike to Lake Anne

Backpacking in West Elk

Summer’s here, and it’s time to break out the backpacking gear! While this is still a bit early for our taste, the short summer school break forced our hands and pushed us into an early backpacking trip. We decided to venture back to a place Lara and I had visited years ago, the Mill-Castle trail […] . . . → Read More: Backpacking in West Elk

The Badlands

We took advantage of Alex’s national parks pass once more on the start of our summer vacation. We drove from Highlands Ranch to Alexandria, MN for some time on the lake, and made a stop in Wall, SD along the way to check out the Badlands. We drove the length of the park, and took a […] . . . → Read More: The Badlands

Saturday in RMNP

We didn’t have much planned for this Saturday, so we decided to use Alex’s 4th grade national parks pass while we still could and spend the afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a limited visit. We drove to the Alpine Visitor Center on Trail Ridge Road to get Evan’s national parks passport stamped […] . . . → Read More: Saturday in RMNP

Devil’s Head

One of our favorite stand-by hikes is the Devil’s Head lookout tower west of Sedalia, CO. It’s about 1.5 miles long, only moderately steep, with some pretty scenery stretching up and down the front range once you climb the tower. We decided to spend our Sunday afternoon on the trail. The skies were grey for […] . . . → Read More: Devil’s Head

Grand Canyon

Our primary Spring Break destination was the Grand Canyon. After a couple of days in Moab visiting Arches and Canyonlands, we drove to Flagstaff as our base for exploring Grand Canyon. We had three days to spend at the park. On our first day we drove the South Rim from east to West, stopping at […] . . . → Read More: Grand Canyon


Next up on our tour was Canyonlands. This is a much larger park than Arches, with three different sections that you have to enter separately. We went into the park twice. Our first visit was in the Island in the Sky district, which is predominantly along the top of the mesa, looking down into the […] . . . → Read More: Canyonlands

Backpacking in Lost Creek

We made a one-night venture into the Lost Creek Wilderness Area, hiking along the Wigwam Trail south of Bailey as a warm up for the season and an introduction to camping for Laika. It’s only the boys’ second backpacking excursion, and it was our first time with Laika in a tent, so we didn’t want […] . . . → Read More: Backpacking in Lost Creek