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Oct 23 2022
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54 male
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Lost Creek Wildernaas, CO 
Lost Creek Wildernaas, CO
 
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Checked out campsite Sarrah found a couple of weeks ago pretty close to home. Hike, Bouldered, and explored around camp. Enjoyed a fire and some family games before bed. Got up the next day and hit Mt. Princeton hot springs. We headed back and checked out a couple spots for camping on the way home, none of which worked due to forecast of storms and high wind. Camped past Wilkerson pass on way home. Still had 49 MPH winds, but we were reasonable sheltered and rain was not supposed to hit this area. It did start to snow then rain as we were leaving after breaking down camp. Headed back to town for Noah’s last lacrosse game.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Some Aspen past prime. Cottonwoods in our neighborhood and Lake George were pretty good.
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Oct 07 2022
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Dome Rock State Wildlife AreaSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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WTF? On one hand this is my favorite hike/run. I do it sometimes three times a year. The first 4 miles is through some of the most prime pristine old growth aspen stands in the area. It is literally my favorite place in the fall and I’ve done til his hike more than any other save Mt. Esther. There is history, cabins, geology, and most of all fall colors and amazing aspen stands… or there was…!
1 mile into the hike I witnessed the devastation/decimation of probably the best stand of old growth aspens in the area not from storms weather insects, but in the name of management by Co. parks and wildlife. My $40 annual fishing license I use only to access this area went toward decimating this stand and putting Elk Fence around it, but apparently doesn’t go to anyone in the local office answering the phone. BTW 17192275200. I know because I called # on the trail as soon as I got service. I have never been so irritated while in the trail and it didn’t help that I literally had 8+ miles to contemplate the destruction which made me more and more disgusted all while jumping over at least 30 fallen trees crossing the trail in areas that have less healthy sections of the forest which apparently my money doesn’t go toward maintaining. I spoke an old local couple as I was passing them to find out what happened? They spoke to a Ranger who was checking they had permits and they said he said Parks and wildlife cut down the old growth stand as an experiment to see if it would grow back and improve habitat. I said no he didn’t say that and they said that is exactly how he worded it! This just added to my aggravation. I spoke to Travis Sauder driving home 17194399635. He was polite even sent me utah study that they used to justify this action. He said Ranger shouldn’t have told the couple that, but did not deny in essence that is exactly what they did. He could not explain why they chose that part of the forest and admitted no one was involved in this or consulted other than their environmentalist person. When I asked him for a better or comparable old growth stand in our area I could visit he could not point me to a better stand. Basically they decided to decimate this stand. He claims that it will improve health, habitat, and eventually grow back prettier. I asked him how long it would take for the trees to grow a 100’ again and he could not answer. They had to put Elk fence around it because the elk would not let anything grow after the healthy forest was cut down. Presumably because there are no predators in the area to control the elk which unchecked thanks to previous man made decisions leave them uncontrolled. I’m for healthy forests and proper management, but this is about as PUMKIN STUPID AS INTRODUCING CANE TOADS TO AUSTRALIA AND LOOK HOW THAT TURNED OUT. Sorry for the rant! I think I’m grieving one of the most beautiful peaceful places I’ve visited that I will not be able to return to see in my lifetime. It Sucks!

Here is the link cited and given to me by Travis Sauder used to destroy (I mean manage synonyms right) this particular stand of Aspens.
https://forestry.usu.edu/news/utah-fore ... thern-utah
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Substantial Where Co. Parks and Wildlife hasn’t cut it down
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Oct 04 2022
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54 male
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 Pike National Fo
Sunrise, NM 
Sunrise, NM
 
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Been running a 5 mile loop on the airport at sunrise after night shift. What a difference a day makes. Nice views watching sun come up. A little snow on the peak today. Super muddy like all the trails in the area after every rain. Probably an extra pound of mud on each foot today.
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Sep 28 2022
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Pikes Peak from Crags CG THSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking13.80 Miles 4,535 AEG
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Wasn’t sure how this would go. Haven’t been hiking A lot mostly running with decent amount of hills. But, I wasn’t allowed to excercise from April to the beginning of July because of retinal tears. I Think the weight I lost earlier in the year had made it easier. It took me 2:27 to summit and 1:56 to go down which I believe is the fastest I’ve done it from the Crags. I did spend a good hour up top looking at a completely foreign summit from all the other times up. Trail is in decent shape and weather was nice. Not much wind sunny and 30’s at the top. Cloudy so there was reasonable amount of shade. Figured I probably should do at least one 14er. This year and late season = hardly anybody summiting. I was out of commission recovering for a good part of the summer and it’s nice to get out!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Good color along the road poor showing this year in our area.
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Sep 27 2022
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Mt. Esther, CO 
Mt. Esther, CO
 
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After a disappointing drive up the 67 to Cripple Creek decided to hike locally and cancelled my plans to trail run Dome Rock because of this years poor fall color showing on the back side of Pikes Peak. Not sure if hot temps or dry summer is to blame, but they were more than lame. Most of the tres haven’t changed and are drying out despite being green. I’ve Seen pics from last week of Breck and Crested Butte and they look pretty good. Part of it is weather, but part of it is kids weekend sports cross country, lacrosse, and volleyball so we’ll probably miss them the next couple years. Weather was nice had to hike far and wide through the neighborhood trails to find any color at all. Hit a lot of areas I haven’t been to in awhile as I’ve mostly been running lately helping coach cross country and barely have time to get a hike in with all the weekly practices and after school activities. It was nice to get out. Didn’t see a soul except for two people who started up the Moredecci trail I was on and quickly realizing it was not the correct trail and turning around.
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Sep 10 2022
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Trail Through TimeNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
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Nice little leg stretch with info signs along the way describing geology, history, and pointing out some dinosaur fossils. Also gave Noah a chance to chase some lizards. None wer injured during the hike.
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Sep 10 2022
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Flume trail Micinnis canyon, CO 
Flume trail Micinnis canyon, CO
 
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Afternoon hike well into the 90’s. Warned about the significant amount of poison Ivy on this hike, figured we’d take out chances. Neither of us has had issues in the past. Wore shorts, short sleeves, Xero huaraches. We ran into several people dressed for poison ivy along the way who looked really hot. No reactions for either of us. Cool hike probably the most shade of any of the hikes we could do while we were there. About 6 miles. We skipped Colorado national monument as there was a bike race going on and we were advised the traffic would suck! Anyway, hit the 🦕 museum on the way out. Camped in the RTT and it was pretty comfy. It will work great for the kids and the storage platform etc. was finished while we hiked. It will be fun to get it out for some camping/hiking this fall. :)
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Sep 09 2022
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Kings Row and Fairy Cave, CO 
Kings Row and Fairy Cave, CO
 
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Stopped in Glenwood Springs to break up the trip to Grand Junction to finish up truck stuff. Hit the adventure park and although the roller coaster was the hit we did both cave tours as well and Noah lived these as well. The kings row tour has a room with the most formations in Colorado. Fun times with my boy.
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BTW We had the same lady for both tours and she was a hoot!
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Apr 24 2022
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The Comb - Monarch CaveSoutheast, UT
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Kids liked this especially after long hike the previous day! Spent a lot of time checking out stuff in the midden. Drove to Durango spent the night and stopped at Joyful Journey hot springs in Mosca on the way home.
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Apr 23 2022
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Sheiks CanyonSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Hiking14.70 Miles 1,875 AEG
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4 day camping trip with the family to a grand Gulch Cedar Mesa area. Got off Night shift Thursday drove home packed truck and took off. Stayed in Durango to break up the drive. The drive to Blanding is when things started getting weird. I started to get veils of floaters and my vision deteriorated to basically blind in my left eye. It never got worse than on the drive to Blanding. We also drove through 50 plus mph winds snow and sleet which were all un forecasted. Went to museum while trying to find an eye Dr. 1 in the county works M-TH. Went to emergency who referred me to clinic who referred back to emergency who then called eye Dr who met me at his clinic. Posterior vitreous detachment was diagnosis after pics and battery of tests. No retinal issues visible from pictures. May clear up or May require surgery shouldn’t be impacted by activity or camping see how it progresses and see Dr. When home was the recommendation as we were trying to decide wether to end the trip. Drove to Bullet Canyon with plan to camp there and shuttle to Sheik in am, but camp site we wanted was taken. Read there is nice campsite after Sheiks parking lot before trailhead down the rough road. Score! Even had a table made out of rocks. Set up camp discussed options decided to do Sheiks Bullet loop and me get the vehicle and save family 4 mile road walk after ~15 mile hike. We had planned on Monarch Cave after Museum. That was nixed to last day thanks to Dr. Visit. Got up relaxed for breakfast no improvement in left eye vision, but no deterioration. We started down sheiks. Beautiful day nice temps while family enjoyed it exploring canyon. Steep at the bottom. Green mask pretty dang small, but the kids enjoyed finding granaries and dwellings along the way. Pretty much had to hike up to every dwelling which means they are probably my kids! Haha! Anyway lo, Kyle the heartless would’ve enjoyed how many times I banged my left foot thanks to only one eye. Probably should’ve worn boots instead of VFF’s. We hiked up Bullet kids continued to visit every dwelling, but really liked perfect Kiva and jailhouse. We ran into several groups all backpacking. We were the only ones day hiking the loop. Got back and I ran to campsite and got vehicle to bring family back to camp. Fun Day despite adversity.
Side note spent all morning at appts. No Bueno actually have 5 retinal tears and am going in for surgery manana. Hoping for the best.
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Apr 18 2022
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Slide trail, NM 
Slide trail, NM
 
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Trail starts at Rio Grande Del Norte parking lot along with the Rift Valley Mountain Bike trail system. It is basically a trail down into the Rio Grande canyon down to the river. I ran it to the bridge. There is a trail head entrance at the bottom as well. There is a small $5 a night camp ground down there as well. It was roughly. 4 miles to the bridge and back with about 700’ AEG. took about 45 min. It’s a nice grade for running uphill although it is pretty rocky and rough in spots. The bridge is the takeout for more challenging whitewater sections farther up the canyon. I wanted to try another trail and scope out the calmer section below the bridge people paddle board for my wife. Nice little trail shorter than I expected, but worthwhile hike during my time off.
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Mar 19 2022
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Devisadero LoopNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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Hiking5.75 Miles 1,451 AEG
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First hike in Taos and probably going to be a regular trail run. 5 min. from off duty quarters. There are numerous trails on both sides of the road including one going all the way to Angel Fire. Snow on back side of the loop. Looks like it should be avoided after a rain with the deep foot prints on parts of the trail. It was a brisk 22 degrees when I started and had removed all layers by the end of the hike. I heard and then spied my opposite picking up from Holy Cross and heading south toward Santa Fe or Albuquerque on the way up. Great to have activities during my off time.
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Feb 26 2022
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Paint Mines, CO 
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It’s been awhile since we visited the Paint Mines interpretive Park as it is now called. In fact, Noah was too young to remember and Micah had no recollection. Located outside of Calhan, Co. It is an hour from our house. It has a lot of history. Several different Native American tribes have inhabited this area and used the pigments for paint. Also they drove Bison into the narrow canyons and killed then from above. Micah has a geology unit coming up so we hit here and then Sarrah found a rock app. we identified rocks along the hike in red rock open space today while we did a family hike.
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Feb 24 2022
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Taos ski valley, NM 
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Went up day early to try Taos Ski Valley before orientation for new base. After nearly month off (with pay :D) waiting for training on new aircraft next chapter begins. Great terrain a lot of trees and rocks in mogul fields (could use a little more snow), but enjoyable. Busy base lots of flights. Had two calls in one day ski resorts Taos Ski Valley and Sipapu Ski resort. Will have more family visits and we’ll use shifts to spring board camping trips, hiking and exploring NM this summer. Nice to live and work in the mountains!
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Oct 06 2021
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Mt. Esther, CO 
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Quick hike up to the meadow with the kids to stretch the legs. Nice colors up there as well. Pikes Peak has snow on it.
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Oct 04 2021
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Dome Rock State Wildlife AreaSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking10.16 Miles 2,393 AEG
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This trail never disappoints for fall colors. Took me longer to run than last year as I’ve had an injury that has been nagging me for a couple of months. I almost turned around until I got out of the shade. It was 26 degrees at the start and I wasn’t sure I’d warm up enough to do the hike. Once I got moving the feet were better. The trail is worse and gets more difficult to run every year as the horse traffic seems to cause more damage than any other form of trail enjoyment. Water levels were much higher than previous years. Miles 5-8 have 6 steam crossings that are unavoidable if you want to run. They can be bypassed by use trails, but these have become overgrown thorny and seem to be returning to the wild. Did not see a single vehicle when I got there. A couple horse trailers and vehicles when I left. Everyone seems to be doing the loop clockwise which works well if your the first person there for solitude. I did not go up dome rock, but hope to do this as a family hike next year and take the kids to the top as they are both capable of 12 mile hikes now.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 03 2021
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Leaf Peeping, CO 
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Scenic drive after the kid’s cross country race. Noah got 4th out of 50 and Micah got 1st for girls and 4th overall coed out of 81 for 2-6th grade. Not bad for a fourth grader. Anyway, kids wanted to see more fall colors so we hit the 67 through Victor and Cripple Creek. Nice going late as traffic was much better than going early.
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Oct 02 2021
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Mueller State Park, CO 
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8 mile hike with the family for fall colors. Didn’t have time for Dome Rock before Micah’s violin lesson which really needs to get moved to a weekday when there is an opening. Colors were pretty good. We saw a beaver and a river otter. Trails are in good shape and visitor center was a hit with the kids thanks to all the touch me things as well as the extensive taxidermy collection of local animals.
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Aug 14 2021
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Fenton Lake State Park, NM 
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Day three did not start out as planned. We planned on hitting some hot springs early through an alternate route. With just a description we should of scouted the day before and by the time we actually found the start decided to skip it to go paddle boarding. After the lake we went by the actual trailhead we were glad we skipped it. Later in the day we hit Black Mesa Winery and Vivac. Black Mesa was great, Vivac So so with nothing to write home about although the had a pretty good band called kombucha marimba. We then drove through Taos, visited a buddy that flies EMS there and drove past the space homes and found a camp site in Tres Piedras. Planned on hitting Mt. Princeton Hotsprings. We got there ate lunch and decided it wasn’t worth it since the creek side pools were closed due to high creek levels which is unusual this time of year. All in all great trip. We missed the kids, but it was nice to get some time alone. Besides the kids spent the week in White Sand, Meow Wolf, and Carlsbad Caverns.
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Aug 13 2021
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Tsankawi RuinNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
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Afternoon hike outside of the main part of Bandelier. The foot paths, caves, and Pueblo were very interesting. The midden by the pueblo has extensive amounts of pottery. Virtually everything that looked like a rock was an obsidian flake or piece of pottery. We will definitely be back to take the kids. 4 days of hiking, paddle boarding and wine tasting sans kids was nice.
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