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Flies of the Day: 22-23 August 2015

Summer is a time for hitting up alpine lakes and small streams, but sometimes the high country throws a wrench in plans. This happened this past weekend, and we found ourselves without a backup plan (shame on me!). Truthfully, it was a weekend full of madness. We drove over 600 miles. We wet waded (WHAT?!)…. Read more »

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Subdued Celebrations and Big Fish Fever

Birthdays used to be such a huge deal. For one person in the house, birthdays are still met with tremendous fanfare, but for those of us not named Drake, birthdays seem to be just another day. No gifts, no party, no week long celebrations, no special dinner, and hardly a Happy Birthday salutation. I’m not… Read more »

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Getting Out There: South Slope of Pikes Peak

Private water, it holds a mystique for us all. We all want to fish it. Our imaginations run wild conjuring up images of monster fish that lurk just around the bend that is labeled “off limits”. Heck, I can look at a map and weave a wonderful fictitious tale in my head about the fish… Read more »

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Getting out There: Ptarmigan Lake

After a cold, soggy Spring, we thought for sure our high country adventures wouldn’t start until at least mid-July. A warm, wet late May/early June accelerated melting in the higher elevations allowing us to hike a completely snow free trail the last weekend in June. That was definitely a first for us! As is the… Read more »

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Getting Out There: The Crags

If our trip to Devil’s Head Tower taught me anything, it was to have a couple of backup options. I always had a pocket full of places to go when we lived in NoCO, but since we’ve been here, I have picked out a place, researched it, and went. The dreary weather at Devil’s Head… Read more »

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A Monner Turns Three

All parents say this, but my son is growing too fast. Moments, adorable sayings, laughs, developments, emotions, and disasters are all fleeting. In the blink of an eye, he changes. I wish I could snapshot every memory, make room in my mind to remember every stage, every word, every laugh. Not every day is easy,… Read more »

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Getting Out There: Devil’s Head Fire Tower

This is a hike I have wanted to do for a long time, but made excuses not to do it…it is too busy, the drive is too far…etc. When I planned the hike, the weather was supposed to be perfect for catching a beautiful sunrise. There I go again with those best laid plans. As… Read more »

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Get Out There: Mount Herman

Not every experience is stellar, this is one of those not so stellar trails. This post might sound sanctimonious; I don’t mean for it to be, I just want to share my honest thoughts. It is different here. For the most part, Dustin and I stayed in a Northern Colorado bubble for our first several… Read more »

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Getting Out There: Spruce Mountain Open Space

Confession: This year has been less than stellar. My head feels as if it is in mixing bowl, banging repeatedly on the sides of with only the humming of a stand mixer motor in my ears. It has been chaos, and I have been surly. There never seemed to be enough hours in the day,… Read more »

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2014: Year in Review – July to September

If there was a theme to our summer it would have been “exploring new places”. For the most part, our adventures have kept us in Northern Colorado. We’ve had a few forays outside our backyard, but at the end of the day most of our exploring has been in RMNP and up the Poudre. Rod… Read more »