Category Archives: exploration

Buffalo Soldiers

Anyone who has driven I70 through Colorado has seen the mighty Buffalo Mountain. It’s that hulking, skull-shaped mountain you first see when you emerge from the west-bound side of the Eisenhower Tunnel and start the long descent into Summit County. … Continue reading

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Search for El Dorado

I’ve lived in Boulder County for 17 years now and have somehow never climbed Eldorado Mountain.  So, naturally, we decided to run up it at night. Eldorado is an 8300′ peak adjacent to the much more traveled but similar in … Continue reading

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Mixed Signals

Sometimes, the best mountain trips are the ones where you just say “F-it, I need to go to the mountains! I don’t care if it’s a Thursday!” and you just go to the mountains on a Thursday (or Tuesday, or … Continue reading

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Caving the Flatirons

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say, and since Scout Troop 78 hasn’t been able to do our usual spring and summer weekend-long outings, we’ve had to invented some shorter, small-group hikes on weekends. For the inaugural trip, I … Continue reading

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Project Louisville

All things considered, my family was in pretty good shape when the COVID-19 pandemic hit everything changed: jobs doable remotely, kids learning remotely about as well as can be expected, plenty of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, full liquor cabinet … Continue reading

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2019 Retrospective (B-Sides and Rarities!)

As we finish another trip around the sun, it’s time for reminiscences (whether you like it or not!)  2019 was a notable year with a lot of Life Stuff (a new career, planning for what is effectively a new house, … Continue reading

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Storms Dakota

Normally this is the time of year when the family packs up the camping gear and heads for the lovely Colorado mountains for some exploration and readjustment.  But this year, there’s still so much snow up there, we opted for … Continue reading

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2018-19 ski spectacular

It’s early May.  In most seasons, I would have hung up the skis a month ago and skiing would be a distant memory.  This year?  Nope, there’s still plenty of snow out there and several resorts are still open.  I … Continue reading

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Newts on Buttes!

Joe joined the Boy Scouts this year. I was a Scout back in New Hampshire in the 1980s (Troop 202, Gorham, NH!) just like my father before me in the 1950s (Troop 404, Wadsworth, OH!) and Joe is very much … Continue reading

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Seven Territories

When I signed up to be a dad eleven years ago, I had many hopes and dreams for my then-hypothetical kids.  But I never really thought about how much fun it would be, eventually, to ski with them.  For the … Continue reading

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