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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Tom Cat Loves Chickies!

Tom Cat Loves Chickies!

Chicks arrived at Olsen’s Grain last weekend. And, because they’re so darn cute, I volunteered to chick-sit for the weekend. Matilda (on the left) was more timid than her sister, Peggy. Matilda preferred to be burrowed underneath Peggy. You can imagine that Peggy, being 5 days old herself, wasn’t quite prepared for simulated motherhood. Chicks are sweet–they eat, sleep, chirp and of course poop. By the end of the weekend, Peggy had discovered her wings …

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Tom Cat: Feline Connoisseur

Tom Cat: Feline Connoisseur

Tom Cat likes to eat. It’s one of his hobbies. Here is the short list of what Tom likes to eat: Fish, any flavor Shrimp, with or without sauce Milk, cow or goat (no soy or rice) Cream cheese Cheese with a distinct preference for softer cheeses Butter or Earth Balance Smoothie Pinto Beans Kidney Beans Steak Broccoli Chicken Turkey Oats with honey Greek yogurt Cupcake frosting Chard, steamed or sauteed Raisin cookies Bean and …

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Wintery Exploits in the Heart of London

Wintery Exploits in the Heart of London

The weather has turned of late and I’ve burrowed myself into volume 1 of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Granted this task was started in late December. Volume 2 is waiting for me on the shelf next to many other books on my “to read” list. I confess that I enjoyed the first and last of the stories in this book–A Study in Scarlett and the Hounds of the Baskervilles. Meeting Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, was quite …

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Music is the Spice of Life, right?

Music is the Spice of Life, right?

Regular R+P readers understand my love-affair (obsession?) with musical instruments. There’s that Pika, my sweet cello, and my saxophone, currently on loan to a 5th grader and an old clarinet from Milano Music. I played clarinet years ago in high school and sold it about 6 years ago. Instant mistake, I know. While dresser hunting in Prescott, Robot and I came across this clarinet. It looked forlorn next to that flashy flute. Who can argue …

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Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

Two-Stepping in Flagstaff

There are more fun times happening at the French Farm! At work, I was taught how to use the lathe so that I wasn’t completely reliant on others to fabricate parts. I still ask many questions, but I can handle the drill press, band saw, lathe, mill, grinder and a wee bit of welding. Today I made this shaft for a drive I’m building. I just hope everything fits together has planned! And also, here’s …

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Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

Who said MechEs can’t do Electronics?

So, I know, I’m a mechanical engineer, but I have taken my first steps in to a much larger electronics world. This is Stampy, my mircocontroller. He’s small, but he packs a punch. He does everything I ask him to (as long as I ask him the right way, of course). This set-up is fun. I have two push buttons wired up to two I/O pins. When Stampy sees them pressed, he stores a 1 …

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Peace is Every Step, ya’ll

Peace is Every Step, ya’ll

I finally got to fulfill a nagging wish tonight. It’s not earth-shattering; it’s not even a super hard thing to do. But, well, I’m a fairly lazy person. I’ll admit it. For reals. I joined Greenpeace! Some amazing-ness: they helped end nuclear testing, ban globally dumping radioactive waste at sea, initiate an international moratorium on commercial whale hunting, protect 16 million acres in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest and so much more. Sigh. Plus, they …

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