4 Ways Loveland, Colorado Celebrates Valentine’s Day

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Loveland, Colorado is actually named for William A.H. Loveland, president of the Colorado Central Railroad, but don’t tell Lovelanders that around Valentine’s Day. The town, known as the Sweetheart City, goes all-out during the holiday celebrating love. 4 Ways the Sweetheart City Celebrates Valentines Day Rotary hearts – 300 wooden hearts with Valentine’s Day messages are hung on light poles around Loveland. … Continue reading

Hiking at Lory State Park near Fort Collins, Colorado

Campsite at Lory State Park

Last weekend I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take a hike at Lory State Park. The park sits between the foothills of the Rockies and Horsetooth Reservoir, just west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It has twenty-six miles of hiking trails. My plan was to hike up to Arthur’s Rock, a summit in the park with a great view. … Continue reading

Photo Tour of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Home of the Denver Broncos

Front of Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Ever since watching John Elway play at Mile High Stadium, the city of Denver and the Rocky Mountains as a scenic backdrop, I’ve wanted to see a football game in Denver. I haven’t made it to a game yet, but the playoff excitement around Colorado motivated me to get to the stadium and take a tour. The newest stadium is officially … Continue reading

Get a Big Woody at the Big Beaver Brewery in Loveland, Colorado

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….A Big Woody IPA craft beer that is. Other names you’ll find on the beer menu at the Big Beaver Brewery include ;Beaver Stubble Stout, Potent Peter IPA, Burning Beaver Ale, and Bust-a-Nut Brown Ale. Besides being masters of the double entendre, the brewers at Big Beaver are also great at something more important, making beer. Saturday I stopped in to the … Continue reading

The Flower Garden at CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado

Flowers in Ft. Collins, CO at the CSU gardens

Today after breakfast, my daughter and I decided to take a walk around the flower gardens at CSU in Fort Collins. It was a pretty, sunny morning and lots of other people had the same idea. Couples sauntered through the rows of flower beds, pet owners walked their dogs, and others relaxed by sitting on a bench and reading a book. The … Continue reading

Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain NP

Dream Lake is a pretty mountain lake sitting at almost 10,000 feet above sea level in Rocky Mountain National Park. The hike is relatively easy, rising gradually (425 feet) over the 1.1 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead to Dream Lake. Parking at the trailhead at Bear Lake is very popular and crowded in summer. Take the free shuttle from the … Continue reading

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya – A Buddhist Monument in the Colorado Rockies

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While on a weekend trip to Red Feather Lakes, Colorado last weekend, I was lucky enough to have been shown the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. The stupa is an ornate Buddhist monument on the grounds of the Shambhala Mountain Center, a 600 acre Buddhist retreat and place of learning. Stupa - a “Buddhist commemorative monument usually housing sacred relics associated with the Buddha or … Continue reading

The Elves and Gnomes of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Elf Lane sign in Red Feather Lakes, CO

The little mountain village of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, is well known for its scenic mountain lakes, fishing, hiking, and wildlife; common attractions throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Visitors to Red Feather Lakes will also find a more unique point of interest in Elf Lane, also called Gnome Road. Along Elf Lane, ceramic gnomes climb trees decorated to look like they … Continue reading

Coyote Valley Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

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The Coyote Valley Trail is a half mile long, wheelchair accessible path on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Kawuneeche Valley. The wide, flat trail follows the Colorado River as it flows along the margin of the forest and a sprawling mountain meadow. There are plenty of benches for taking a break or just taking in the view. A … Continue reading