ranch land on the high line canal

The High line Canal: Segments 2 and 3

When in Colorado for months due to the COVID crisis, why not take advantage of all the state has to offer.  While my outdoor preference is to hike in the Rocky Mountains, living in Denver, I can’t always be in the high country.  As a result, I thought why not hike and bike the High Line Canal.

I have walked, biked and even ridden horses on portions of the High Line Canal, but I have never completed it in its entirety.  I honestly didn’t know where it began or ended or if it was easily accessible in segments like the Colorado Trail.

GO BIKING!
blanketflower on stone mountain

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Stone Mountain

I changed up my hiking scenery this past week.  Instead of heading toward the Rocky Mountain foothills near Bailey, I ventured toward the foothills near Loveland, Colorado.  Here, I hiked the trail to Stone Mountain.

GO HIKING!
view on Bruno Gulch Trail

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Bruno Gulch Trail

I just recently posted about South Park Trail and the hike I completed the following day, Bruno Gulch, intersects this trail at a location farther south.  That tidbit of information isn’t terribly important if you are only looking for a short and easy hike, but if you are looking for more distance, these two trails may be hiked together as a point-to-point.

GO HIKING!
view of Square Top Lakes from South Park Trail

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Trail 600 AKA South Park Trail

I hesitate to write about this trail, as this particular segment of Trail 600 also known as South Park Trail, is not on the All Trails App.  As a result, this seven-mile out-and-back hike close to Denver alludes crowds. While the entire length of South Park Trail is around 12 miles, there are three places where it may be accessed.

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shelf lake trail

RoadTrip to the Rockies: Shelf Lake and Rolling Creek

Another month at home in Colorado during COVID equals another weekend at Estabrook, our family ranch near Bailey, Colorado.  This time, a friend of mine, Tina, came up from New Mexico.  She is a nuclear scientist, and I really enjoy our intellectually stimulating conversations. Such chats have sometimes been lacking during my retirement years.

Anyway, she is also a hard core hiker and definitely ran me through the ringer during the early hiking season in Colorado.  While she is already in better shape than me, she had additional advantages. She lives at a higher altitude in Albuquerque, and has already been enjoying hiking weather.

Aside from the usual hike we do on our property, we set out on two more hikes for the weekend.  The first was Shelf Lake and the second was Rolling Creek.

HIKE AWAY!
view from legault mountain

Road Trip to the Rockies: Legault Mountain

So the COVID crisis has kept me state side since the end of March.  That is a long time for me, especially while remaining in the same state the whole time.  Fortunately, I live in the beautiful state of ColoRADo, and there are lots of outdoor activities to keep residents busy.  Unfortunately, April and May tend to be “mud season” in the mountains, so the trails aren’t always inviting.

GO HIKING!
view of boats through Trojan Horse in Canakkale

Canakkale, Turkey

During my two-week tour around Turkey with G-Adventures, our final night’s stay was in Canakkale.  Canakkale is a seaport on the southern coast of the Dardanelles with a population of nearly 200,000.  It is a good base for those wishing to visit Troy and Gallipoli.

GO VISIT!
pots at basilica of st john in selcuk

Selçuk…The Site of Ephesus

As part of my two-week tour of Turkey with G Adventures, a budget National Geographic company, we stayed in Selçuk for two nights.  Sadly, I knew nothing of Selçuk or of its many attractions.  For that matter, I didn’t know much about Turkey except that people enjoy it, so I wanted to go.

Selçuk is a very popular tourist destination.  During the shoulder season at the start of COVID, however, the city was rather quiet, which I enjoyed!  While Selçuk features a variety of restaurants and shops on lovely streets and a smattering of ruins on the hill above town, it is best known for its proximity to Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With all the attractions, Selçuk definitely warrants an overnight stay or perhaps even a weekend get-away.  Below is a list of things to do while in Selçuk.

EXPLORE!
Pamukkale

Turkey: Pamukkale and Heiropolis

I actually signed up for this G-Adventures tour, a budget National Geographic company, specifically because the itinerary included Pamukkale.  Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features natural travertine terraces of thermal pools.  I saw a picture of the famous site in a National Geographic magazine at least 10 years ago and have wanted to visit ever since.

Take a Soak