44 posts Posts by Michael

Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

A nice mountain hike through varied forest to an alpine lake, with interesting eroded areas due to a 1982 dam failure. A long uphill climb brings you to a high valley surrounded by high peaks and with with scenic vistas to the South. Allow most of the day and watch for quickly changing weather conditions. Quick Facts Hike Lawn Lake Location Rocky Mountain National Park, off Old Fall River Road Map GPS, trailhead 40.407059,-105.626857 Overall …

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Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

A stunning trek hike through taiga forest to an alpine lake, complete with late snowfields, a waterfall on the far bank, all surrounded by towering peaks. This trail is not too difficult for most hikers, yet the elevation gain can be quite taxing. You’ll be rewarded by impressive views and if you’re hiking in summer, the wildflowers are spectacular as you approach the lake. Quick Facts Hike Blue Lake Location Indian Peak Wilderness, accessed via …

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Short Film ‘Pond’ Looks at Life Close to Home

I love to explore places, especially near my own home. Being new to Colorado, this give me lots of opportunities to see places with a fresh perspective. This pond right outside my front door sits in an open space in Superior, Colorado, that follows the course of a creek and is a fusion of natural and built elements used to filter runoff of pollutants and provide wildlife habitat. The area is thick with all manner …

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Kahtoola MICROspikes® for Winter Hiking

Rating: 5/5 You’ll love them! I’ve been using Kahtoola MICROspikes® for a few years, and they really help make icy winter hikes a lot more enjoyable. MICROspikes® are basically small crampons (spiked cleats that attach over a hiking boot or shoe) made easy. They consist of a rubber fitting and some chains that hold the 3/8 inch (10 mm) spikes in place underneath the sole of the boot. They have smaller spikes and are more …

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Hike: Chautauqua Trail Loops (Boulder, Colorado)

Hike: Chautauqua Trail Loops (Boulder, Colorado)

A spectacular Open Space and Mountain Park system around Boulder, Colorado gives residents and visitors access to mountain hikes just outside the city. Chautauqua Park provides access to many of the hiking trails on the foothills (west) side. There are many loop combinations from this trailhead, so you can make it a very short walk or a longer hike, depending on what you feel like and how much time you have. The city trails also …

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Book Review: The Last Season by Eric Blehm

We were browsing the shelves of Boulder Bookstore just before the holidays, and my wife handed me a copy of The Last Season by Eric Blehm. I’d never heard of the book, but it looked intriguing, with a photo of a man clinging to a cliff face while walking a very narrow trail, and the text “Randy Morgenson was legendary for finding people missing in the High Sierra…Then one day he went missing himself.” That …

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Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

One of the West’s classic hikes, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim is an epic walk that takes you through the heart of one of the most geologically interesting areas on Earth. At 22 miles (35.4 km) long and with 10,310 ft (3142 m) of elevation change and often hot temperatures, this is a tough hike for most people. It is usually recommended to break it up over the course of two or three days, using the designated …

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Winter and the Art of Shoveling Snow

Winter and the Art of Shoveling Snow

Flagstaff has been blasted by every type of snow in the past week. Light, fluffy snow that coats the world in sparkling beauty. Slushy snow that’s half rain. Snow that’s so wet on the ground that it soaks through your waterproof boots. Horizontal driving snow that stings the face and makes you feel like you’ve been sunburned. Snow that falls so thick it is more like a fog. But when it comes to shoveling, our …

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Book Review – Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Book Review – Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan By Will Ferguson Cape Sata, the southernmost point in Japan, and Cape Soya, its uppermost point, form the bookends of Will Ferguson’s epic journey across Japan. His goal is to follow Japan’s legendary cherry blossoms as they peak in successive waves across the landscape, from the subtropical south to the frigid north. Through his travels we learn why the meat industry in Japan is handled by a segregated underclass. We …

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The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

It’s technically summer until September 21. But as the nights get cold and the days get cool and breezy, and the first leaves turn yellow and brown, it feels like Fall is very close. Here in Flagstaff we relish our short summers. We leave the windows open twenty-four hours a day from May until September. We wear sandals and take evening walks. We bike blissfully, knowing that the streets will soon be coated in dangerous …

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