Saturday, April 6, 2013

Giving Away eBook of France Travel

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Monday, March 4, 2013

First Day Hike In WY

On January 1st, 2013, we took a little "First Day" hike along the South Platte river in Wyoming. I had brought my Flip camera and shot this from the top point of our hike, a nice 360 of the view.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Red Rocks Natural Amphitheater

Red Rocks defies classification... so I am placing this post in the "Mountain" section because it is in CO and I'm not sure under what other title to place it -if you have a suggestion, please do feel free to share.

Red Rocks, as the name implies, is a rock formation and mostly red. It has been made particularly famous because of its naturally formed amphiteater that provide "accoustic perfection for any performance". The first series of concerts were produced between 1906 and 1910 on a temporary platform; see history and geology here.

Red Rocks Park is located near Morrison, CO, about 30 minutes due west of downtown Denver.

Hiking - Horsebak Riding - Mountain Biking Trails

The Trading Post Trail is a quick 1.4 miles and the Red Rocks Trail is about 3 miles, and can be extended to 6 miles by connecting into another Jefferson county trail.
We did the 3 miles loop and it was a very pleasant, casual hike. The day was rather overcast, so no sunny rocks (we went in Feb.) though still very impressive in their formation and coloring.

The trail altitude is 6,280 ft above sea level and appropriate for children, with a few areas of steep grades and road crossings. Please do stay off the rocks -this is a sensitive area, and this request is posted several times throughout the trail, even though we did see a couple people ignoring the signs... :(

The Ampitheater

It is apparently a very popular site for runners and work out groups.

There was a yoga class in session and numerous people either running or walking up and down the bleachers, which, at 6,400 ft altitude, will get you in shape.

The park is open daily from 5 am - 11 pm free of charge.
In case of performance, the park is closed to the public in the early afternoon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Walking Around Salida, CO - part III

This is the third and last part of the Salida, CO weekend trip.

As in every trip coffee shops were involved. My traveling partner has a gift for finding the perfect local places to hang out in, and this one certainly more than lived up to expectations: great staff, great atmosphere, great service, great food/drinks, great everything.

We stopped at Cafe Dawn the first time Saturday morning for a quick hot drink before going on our little touristy day of visiting the town (see previous 2 posts).

We liked it well enough that we decided to come back Sunday morning to read the newspaper... the place was packed!

There was a family reunion in town and they all decided to come down to Cafe Dawn for their breakfast too! It gave the place a very jovial atmosphere for sure, if at times a bit loud.

The owner came around to greet people and attend to their needs. Very friendly guy with a pleasant demeanor. I'd seen a poster about music on the wall and asked him about it. On Sunday afternoon several local musicians come around to play and have a good time together. We made plans to come back.

After our afternoon hike, we came back to rest our feet and get settled to wait for the music to start.

If you've been around this blog before, you'll know I like the occasional hot chocolate and I am very picky about how it's made: no syrup (bad aftertaste), has to be quality powder, in hot water.

Just at the off chance they might have more than soy milk (it seemed like that kind of place) I asked for their current choices: yeah, almond milk!
The barista was very nice in heating up the milk espresso fashion, giving it a fun layer of foam at the top.
Check out this absolutely scrumptious glass of hot chocolate! Hmmm, good!

A little while later the musicians started coming in and the place slowly filled up with what looked like mostly regulars who knew what they were in for.

Nothing fancy, just a group of friends enjoying playing together. Good rythm, good vibes. What a great way to spend a couple hours.

On Monday morning we headed home towards north Colorado, opting for smaller roads over the mountain pass rather than boring highway... little did we know a snow storm had had a similar idea. Besides the harrowing driving and skidding across the road, two cool things happened:

We saw a herd of wild elks off the side of the road, who promptly ran off before I could take a closer picture (the nerve), and a small family of bighorn sheep who came down the mountain to graze in someone's yard.
A great finish to a great weekend.
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