Friday, May 29, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Colorado is great in the summer. As excited as we are to be starting a new chapter in our life, we are waiting until the end of summer to be on our way. We have been fortunate to have good friends to spend time riding our bikes and hiking with after a long winter inside. I don't think they really get what we are planning to do. We are a little glad that everyone doesn't want to do the same. Who else would take care of the grocery stores and send us our mail if everyone was gone? Our kids are not surprised since Debbie has worked 3 month contracts as an ICU traveling nurse over the past 12 years and they see our passion for travel and meeting new people. It is a process getting things in order to totally change the way a person is living. As we go thru things, giving away some and packing away others, it is fun to remember our past giving pictures to our kids and laughing at the memories. I am glad we didn't leave it for them to go thru when we aren't able to share what they ment to us.We have a contract on the house, an offer to buy our furniture, the travel trailer is getting tuned up for our summer and most of our belongings that we don't need given away. We will move across town and enjoy the summer in the mountains but ready to leave when the time is right. Gore Creek, Vail, Colorado
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Pueblo, Colorado is home to the CF&I Steel Mill where my dad spent 40 years mostly in the drawing room of the wire mill. When I had children of my own, we would spend summers at the Lake Pueblo swim beach. We now try to ride the river trail at least once a year when we are in Colorado. It gets pretty warm in the summer months so we opt for spring or fall. We like to stop at Coyotes at the Greenway Nature Center but it turned out the be closed. After a Cliff Bar, we rode back to downtown to find some food. We get into a habit when we find a good place to eat. This made us venture out and find a place in the Union District. < a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_GvuTrIqRic/VTg4l346JBI/AAAAAAAAAU4/pAvgx5DYCVo/s1600/pueblo.jpg" imageanchor="1" > We sent to the revitalized Union Station area and watched to see which restaurant had the most people leaving since it was almost 2pm and decide to try DC's on B Street and was pleasantly surprised. Pueblo is a Latino community with a strong Italian influence and was reflected in the food. Of course, you can get Pueblo chiles on any thing you order.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs have so many great hiking trails within a short distance from and within the city. Probably why it is considered one of the healthiest places to live. That is just what people do here. If the sun is shining or it is snowing, people love to walk in the woods or mountain sides. There are trails for every level. In the springtime, April is one of the snowiest months and Pikes Peak is beautiful at 14,115 feet above sea level. Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail (named in honor of a Manitou Springs city planner) is a popular trail that winds south of Manitou Springs. It a is part of the Ring the Peak trail system but due to property easement dispute it is incomplete, with a gap in the middle. When hiking from north to south the trailhead is located off the Ruxton Avenue by the Iron Spring. Follow the trail through Spring Street and through the gate. After about 1/2 mile you will see a spur that leads up to the Red Mountain. Another 1/2 mile later the trail continues north on Pawnee Avenue through the city. Turn right on Southside Avenue, then walk a short portion of the trail to Delaware Road. The trail continues off the city streets again by the Tot lot. After passing by the High School you will reach the current end of the western portion of the trail at the cemetery. In order to hike the whole trail continuously you must take a detour through the city and come up on Crystal Park road to the next trail head. To hike the eastern portion of the trail start at the Section 16 trail head on Gold Camp Road. After 0.8 miles a sign marks the beginning of Intemann Trail to the right. The trail winds up and down at the foothills for about 2 miles until you reach Crystal Park Road. Climb up under the east side of the Sheep Mountain to trail's current end. Length: Total length of both segments is 5 miles. Difficulty: Easy to Medium. Trail is easy to hike but total distance does increase the difficulty if the whole trail is done in one day. Directions: Section 16 trailhead: From US-24 exit on 26th street. After driving through two switchbacks turn right to Gold Camp Road and the trailhead parking lot will be on the right side after about 0.9 miles. For Iron Spring trailhead park along the Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs or at the Barr Trail parking lot off Hydro Street.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Lost Dutchman State Park is a treasure we like hiking and camping in the East Valley of Phoenix, AZ. There are several hiking trails but steepest and most hiked is the Syphon Draw.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015 Sedona, AZ and Red Rock State Park We have always enjoyed going to Sedona and hiking in Red Rocks State Park, but Sedona is getting pretty crowded. Maybe spring time brings out the people. There has been lots of building going on there. We have always enjoyed the village of Oak Creek. There is a $5 parking fee to use the trails. The tour of Glen Canyon Dam was well worth the $5 and time. Page became a town when a site for the dam was designated. Above are dinosaur footprint. The view from the dam and watching the rafts leave going towards Lee's Ferry. We decided to try out our new inflatable kayak. We had tried it out at home but didn't go quite as well under the warm sun. Lake Powell is a huge lake and fortunately the winds were After getting the kinks out, we had a nice tour around the marina. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 4:13 PM No comments: Dead Horse Ranch State Park, AZ Good thing every bike comes with a hiker. We spent time in Dead Horse Ranch State Park and found Some great mountain biking right outside our doors. Some Of it a bit over my head but I can push it over obstacles. The Lime Kiln Trail goes to Sedona, AZ without much traffic. The next day we went over to the Bones Trail and Mike ended up leaving some skin on the trail. Good thing his bones are tough. His left hip is pretty bruised. But it was a good time. The campground has 3 nice fishing areas that people were putting out their canoes. The Verde River runs along side the park and many people ride tubes down it when it is running a bit higher than when we were there. Dead Horse Ranch was named that because when the owner was looking at areas to put a ranch the kids said they liked the land with the dead horse on it. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 4:12 PM No comments: SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015 We made it to Page AZ after driving thru some tough winds and cool mornings. It was short hike to the edge overlooking Horseshoe Bend. We enjoyed watching the boats and campers below. Met several nice Canadians from BC returning home after their winter in Arizona. We decided to take the Antelope Canyon Tour lead by Navajos and enjoyed the walk and talk. The guide was helpful adjusting our cameras to get the best photos. The only tour available was the 3:30 and thought we wouldn't get as good pictures since the light would have passed. We were glad we went. There are only a couple of campgrounds in Page and were happy with the Page Lake Powell Campground and glad we had reservations. Many people were turned away and ended up staying in the Walmart parking lot. It is quite a distance to the next town or RV park. Most of the land is Navajo so not a lot of dry camping. The tour company picked us up at the RV park and returned us. It was a breezy ride but fun. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 3:08 PM No comments: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015 Moab, UT It had been quite sometime since we had last been to Moab and were pleased to find the paved bike paths leading out of town past Arches National Park and east towards Castle Valley. There are also so much singletrack near town for mountain biking of all levels. We are torn whether to ride our road bikes or mountain bikes. There are so many choices when it comes to hiking . We found that there are so many choices outside the parks. You don't have to hunt for parking and there are plenty of arches and streams to walk along. We chose an afternoon hike to Morning Glory Natural Bridge since there is more shade but still had to dunk our hats in the stream to cool us down. We will have to return since we couldn't do everything we wanted. This week is Jeep week and hundreds of 4x4s line up in the morning to head out on a "safari". Camping sites are very limited the week of Easter. We have seen many of southern Utah's Parks but missed the Canyonlands in the past. This time we made it and had some nice walks. We set out for Page, AZ in the morning so after our morning bike ride we are doing the laundry and getting some groceries. Since it is April 1st, I had to play an "April Fools" joke on Mike. After all of this time together, you think he would expect it. He takes them pretty well. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 12:09 PM No comments: TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 Mountain biking in Fruita Colorado
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Of course, we had to visit the Biltmore. My daughter, Krista was nice enough to get a gift certificate for my birthday so we could go. We waited until the rhododendrons were in bloom. There were so many colors and sizes. Listening to the audio tapes as we walked thru the house and hearingthe history was amazing.