The Pool and Fern Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fern Falls in Colorado

The Pool and Fern Falls are two, easily accessible, attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is located in the Moraine Park area approximately two miles down a dirt road off of Bear Lake Road. Signs mark the way. Get on the trail early to avoid Summer and holiday crowds. I hiked this trail mid-day the weekend before school started … Continue reading

The Hike to Crater Lake near Aspen, Colorado

Crater Lake near Aspen, Colorado

While visiting the Maroon Bells recently, we decided to take the 1.8 mile hike (3.6 round-trip) from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake. The Maroon Bells Recreation Area brochure, available at Aspen Highlands, describes the path as a ,”steep and rocky trail ..,climbing an ancient rockslide that holds Crater Lake”. The trail from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake (10,076 ft.) is definitely rocky, but not super … Continue reading

Maroon Bells and Lake near Aspen, Colorado

Maroon Lake and Maroon Bells

I had made plans to visit the hot springs and hike to Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, CO over the 4th of July weekend. After seeing the huge crowds at the hot springs and finding the highway exit for Hanging Lake actually closed due to overcrowding, I decided to scrap my original plan and find something else to do. Over coffee we … Continue reading

Hiking to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain NP

Bierstadt Lake in RMNP, Colorado

Yesterday I decided to hike to Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. There was a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, so I was looking for a relatively short hike that I haven’t done yet. Bierstadt Lake, at 2.8 miles round-trip, fit the bill. The Bierstadt Lake trailhead is located along the Bear Lake Road in “Rocky” at 8,850 … Continue reading

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

Big Beaver Brewery sign

….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